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Caro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:36 AM
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Bush forgives Gore (by John Aravosis at AMERICAblog)
Bush forgives Gore for Bush stealing the 2000 election. What a mensch. From the NYT: Mr. Bushs press secretary, Dana Perino, told reporters the president is willing to let bygones be bygones. This president does not harbor any resentments, she said. He never has.
Would that Democrats were this consistentand persistent. And we actually have TRUTH on our side.Caro

All Hat No Cattle

The World
Female bomber wounds US troops, Iraqis
BAGHDAD - A woman wearing an explosives belt blew herself up near an American patrol northeast of Baghdad a rare female suicide bombing that wounded seven U.S. troops and five Iraqis, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

35 Are Killed in Iraq, 5 by U.S. Troops
American troops in Iraq killed at least five people, including a child, when they fired on vehicles trying to drive through roadblocks in two separate episodes over the past two days, military officials and witnesses said Tuesday.

Constitution Shmonstitution (by Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo)
So it seems the Iraqi constitution says the Iraqi parliamentary would need to approve the new 'US troops in Iraq forever' deal by a two-thirds margin. And since the idea of a permanent US occupation is really unpopular in Iraq, that seems really unlikely. On the other hand, apparently we're going to try to do it extra-constitutionally over here too. So do we really think we'll be more punctilious over there than we are here?

Lebanese majority backs army commander
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The largest bloc in Lebanon's deadlocked parliament dropped its opposition to the army chief becoming the next president, bringing Gen. Michel Suleiman one step closer to being the new head of state, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

Palestinian police clash with protesters
HEBRON, West Bank - Palestinian police loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday fired shots in the air and beat protesters with sticks during the funeral of a man killed during a protest against this week's U.S.-hosted Mideast peace summit. At least 26 people were wounded, one critically, medics said.

Afghans: US airstrikes kill 14 workers
KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S.-led coalition troops killed 14 road construction workers in airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan after receiving faulty intelligence, Afghan officials said Wednesday.

Musharraf retires as Pakistan army chief
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pervez Musharraf stepped down as Pakistan's military commander Wednesday, fulfilling a key opposition demand a day before he was to be sworn in as a civilian president.

Outcry swells over Pakistan's secret prisons
Pakistan has rounded up hundreds of suspected terrorists since 9/11 and kept them in hidden prisons without charges. Some detainees have been turned over to the United States. The sweeps have netted top terrorist figures, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah. These days, though, the disappearances are causing a backlash and playing a role in Pakistan's deepening political crisis.
Gee, the only difference between Pakistan and the U.S. is that Pakistanis are now resisting the loss of human rights.Caro

Pigs' heads at Australian Islamic school site: spokesman
SYDNEY (AFP) - Two pigs' heads were found at the site of a proposed Islamic school on Sydney's outskirts Wednesday, the school's backers said.

Latin constitution changes stoke debate
QUITO, Ecuador - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and two of his regional proteges are rewriting their nations' constitutions, following a Latin American tradition of using the fundamental charter to attempt radical breaks from past regimes.

The Nation
Bush calls Abbas, Olmert to White House
WASHINGTON - Just 24 hours after securing an agreement between Israeli and Palestinian leaders to resume long-stalled peace talks, President Bush invited the pair to the White House to ceremonially inaugurate the first formal, direct negotiations in seven years.

Bush economic adviser stepping down
WASHINGTON - Al Hubbard, chairman of President Bush's National Economic Council, will announce on Wednesday that he's leaving his post, joining a growing line of top presidential advisers exiting the White House as the Bush administration heads into its final year.

Witnesses testify in Blackwater lawsuit
A federal grand jury investigating Blackwater Worldwide heard witnesses Tuesday as a private lawsuit accused the government contractor's bodyguards of ignoring orders and abandoning their posts shortly before taking part in a Baghdad shooting that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.

Supreme Court Declines To Review San Diego County's Routine Searches Of Welfare Applicants' Homes
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge Monday to a county's practice of routinely searching welfare applicants' homes without warrants and ruling out assistance for those who refuse to let them in.

Supreme Imbalance: Of "Constitutionalism"
Constitutionalism is not mechanical, it is not mindless, it is not value-free. It requires judges to exercise judgment. It calls upon them to consider text, history, precedent, values, and ever-changing social and cultural conditions. It requires restraint, humility, curiosity, wisdom, and intelligence. Perhaps above all, it requires intellectual honesty, courage, a recognition of the judiciarys unique strengths and weaknesses, and a deep understanding of our nations most fundamental constitutional aspirations.
All of which qualities are sorely lacking in the right wingers on todays Supreme Court. For them, the law is a means for reaching predetermined conclusions.Caro

Hillarys Secret Weapon: Colin Powell? (by Patrick Healy, The Caucus, The New York Times)
I wont even wait until Im inaugurated, but as soon as Im elected Im going to be asking distinguished Americans of both parties people like Colin Powell, for example (Hillary) Clinton said, according to a Fox News Web report (H)ow will anti-war Democratic voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and elsewhere feel about Mrs. Clintons suggestion that she wants one of the architects of the Iraq war to serve as a goodwill ambassador?
As digby says, Colin Powell sold his reputation and his soul when he helped the Bush administration sell a war he knew was bullshit. It's worse, in some ways, than what Bush did. At least Bush actually thought it was a good idea.Caro

Obama Against Permanent Bases in Iraq (by David Kurtz at Talking Points Memo)
This morning, in response to questions from TPM Election Central, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign issued a somewhat hedged statement opposing permanent U.S. bases in Iraq. The campaign has now followed that up with a new statement offering much more definitive opposition to a permanent U.S. military presence Late Update: Sen. Hillary Clinton has sent a letter to the White House outlining her opposition to permanent U.S. bases in Iraq and saying they would "damage U.S. interests." As we reported yesterday, Sen. Chris Dodd is also opposed Later Update: And John Edwards weighs in against a "Korea-style" occupation of Iraq.

ABC/Wash Post Consumer Comfort Index hits 2-yr low
NEW YORK, Nov 27 (Reuters) - American consumers' confidence hit a two-year low in the latest week as concerns about credit and housing markets as well as high fuel costs and stock market volatility cast a shadow over the holiday season, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

Orders for big-ticket goods drop
WASHINGTON - Orders to factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell in October for a third straight month, the longest stretch of weakness in nearly four years.

Home price drop largest on record
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prices of existing U.S. single-family homes in the third quarter slumped 4.5 percent from a year earlier, matching a record decline from the previous period as the housing downturn deepened, according to a national home price index on Tuesday.

Report: Foreclosures to hit metro areas
Rising foreclosures will lead to billions of dollars in lost economic activity next year in the nation's major metropolitan areas, but homeowners and financial institutions have the ability to work together to contain the effects, according to a report compiled for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Oh, you mean those little people who were so royally screwed by the new rules for bankruptcy a couple of years ago? Will the financial industry want to help them? When all they have to do is to buy a few politicians? See below.Caro

Wall Street leads surge in corporate political giving
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Big business is shoveling more money than ever into U.S. political campaigns, with Wall Street donations way up, a watchdog group said on Tuesday. The securities and investment industry -- which includes brokerages, hedge funds and private equity firms -- registered the sharpest increase in giving since 2004 among all industry sectors studied by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Media
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Media: Pelosis Syria Diplomacy = Foolish; Bushs Syria Diplomacy = Victory
When Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi traveled to Syria to visit President Bashar al-Assad last spring, the right wing immediately excoriated her diplomatic efforts Now that the Bush administration has come to its senses and invited Syria to become part of the solution in the Middle East, the media has missed the administrations reversal, instead praising Bushs victory in securing Syrias attendance.

Media Lavishes Attention On Bogus Internet Poll Showing Hillary Losing To Repubs -- And Ignores Reputable Poll Finding Opposite (by Greg Sargent at TPM Horses Mouth)
(Monday) two polling firms -- Zogby and Gallup -- released surveys of the presidential race that offered strikingly different conclusions. The Zogby poll found that Hillary is trailing five leading GOP candidates in general election matchups. The Gallup Poll, by contrast, found that Hillary, and to a lesser degree Obama, has a slight to sizable lead over the top GOP contenders I don't need to tell you which poll got all the media attention. Do I?

Right-Wing Magazine: Veco Oil Scandal Contributed To Lotts Resignation
(T)he right-wing American Spectator magazine speculates that brewing corruption scandals may have contributed to (Sen. Trent) Lotts decision (to leave the Senate): Lott, Stevens, as well as Rep. Dennis Hastert all have ties to Bill Allen, a larger than life Alaskan businessman who owned Veco, an oil-field services company, and who was a huge benefactor of Republican politicians. Allen has pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska legislators.

Fox Businesss so-called online shopper unmasked.
In honor of Cyber Monday, Fox Business did a segment yesterday on online shopping. A Fox reporter went to ESPN Zone in Washington, DC and interviewed Peter Perweiler, who was identified only as an online shopper. Perweiler told Fox Business that he is planning to shop on Cyber Monday and is looking at big-ticket items this year. Its no surprise that Perweiler was boosting online shopping. As Silicon Alley Insider uncovered, Perweiler is actually the marketing manager at the National Retail Federation. The NRF has blamed Fox Businesss sloppy reporting for the incident.
Click through to watch the video of the Fox interview with Perweiler.Caro

OReilly Bitches And Whines For Military Charity To Send Dr. Laura To Meet With U.S. Troops
(Monday) night on his show, OReilly hosted USO CEO and President Edward Powell, sharply criticizing him for not sending more high-caliber celebrities the big guns to Afghanistan OReilly told Powell that Dr. Laura wants to go, you get her butt over there, sir. In May 2007, before appearing at Fort Douglas in Utah, Schlessinger disparaged lonely military wives, saying that they were bitching and whiningIts not all together surprising that the USO may not be too enthusiastic about bringing such a divisive public personality to entertain the troops.
Click through to watch the Monday night interview.Caro

Today's Tweety Moment (by digby )
Matthews: Let's go back to women with needs. Women with needs are Hillary's great strength. Women who don't have a college degree, women who don't have a lot of things going for them. May not have a husband, may have kids, have all kinds of needs with day care, education, minimum wage. "Women with Needs" doesn't have quite the same ring as "Welfare Queens" but it does the trick.

Holt turns up the heat on Klein.
Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) sets the record straight, after Time magazine columnist Joe Klein ignorantly claimed the Democrats FISA reform legislation would give terrorists the same legal protections as Americans. Holt explains the Restore Act explicitly states that no court order is required to listen to the conversations of foreigners that happen to pass through the U.S. telecommunications system. It does not grant Constitutional rights to foreign terrorists.

Boehlert: ABC's Nightline walks away from Iraq
As for the daily or weekly events of the war itself, for 18 straight weeks (or one-third of the calendar year), Nightline effectively walked away from Iraq. What took its place? Lots of Nightline reports on pets and pop music.

Hide The Bunnies (by digby)
(Washington socialite and wife of former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee Sally Quinn:) Since Hillary has been here in the Senate for the last eight years, I think Ive seen her twice. Otherwise, she is at fund-raisers. She entertains constantly, but it is all political. It is people who work for her or raise money for her. Sally doesn't like being ignored DC is America, through and through --- America, ca. 1690. The Reverend Broder sentences the heretics to the stake while Sally Goodwyfe runs around screaming "burn them, burn them!"

FACT CHECK: U.S. Health Care Resources Not Burdened By Undocumented Immigrants (by Dave de Give, guest posting at Think Progress, Center for American Progress)
Not only are undocumented immigrants not a burden on the U.S. health care system, but as Alexander N. Ortega, an associate professor at UCLAs School of Public Health and the studys lead author points out, they seem to be underutilizing the system, given their health needs.
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US Media Owners Substituting Pennies for Dollars Online? (paidContent.org)
Are new online business models just substituting pennies for dollars for media owners? That was the woeful conclusion of Mort Zuckerman, publisher of the New York Daily News and US News and World Report, according to the detailed minutes of a recent inquiry into media ownership by the UK House of Lords Communications Committee released Friday.

Storming the News Gatekeepers
Mitchell Stephens, who teaches media history at New York University, says citizen journalism harks back to the days of spoken news, when communities gathered in open-air markets and town squares. It can be traced to Thomas Paine and the pamphleteers of the 18th century, and to the antiwar, counterculture alternative press that prospered in the 1960s "The publishing tools -- digital cameras, blogging software -- are at the people's disposal," Gillmor continues. "And for a lot of them, the underlying motivation is frustration with the traditional media."

Technology & Science
Yahoo Apologizes for Cyber Monday Blunder (by Adam Ostrow at Mashable)
In a posting to its company blog, Yahoo has apologized for an approximately 12-hour outage that effected its small business merchant customers (Monday) While typically a system outage is just a mild inconvenience, for it to happen on Cyber Monday is a serious blunder that likely cost merchants millions of dollars. Yahoo owes customers more than an apology; they should provide some sort of financial reprieve.

Eve: An Understanding Virtual Teacher
Easy with Eve is a new virtual teaching system developed by researcher Hossein Sarrafzadeh and his development group from the Institute of Information and Mathematical Sciences in Auckland, New Zealand. Eve's Final Fantasy-like facade hides the real engineering; Eve is designed to be a one-to-one system that constantly monitors a student better than a living teacher.

Cell phone college class opens in Japan
TOKYO - Japanese already use cell phones to shop, read novels, exchange e-mail, search for restaurants and take video clips. Now, they can take a university course.

Cancer-resistant Mouse Developed By Adding Tumor-suppressor Gene
A mouse resistant to cancer, even highly-aggressive types, has been created. The breakthrough stems from a discovery in radiation medicine and researchers who found a tumor-suppressor gene called "Par-4" in the prostate.

News: Nanoparticles Enable Surgical Strikes against Cancer
Microscopic instruments that target only cancerous cells could replace less precise methods that also kill healthy tissue In a bid to progress beyond the shotgun approach to fighting cancerblasting malignant cells with toxic chemicals or radiation, which kills surrounding healthy cells in the process

FDA Panel Backs Tougher Warning for Tamiflu
Advisers say current labeling doesn't reflect reports of bizarre behaviors and sudden deaths

Lack of Sleep Tied to Weight Gain in New Moms
But a cause for the connection is still being sought.

High-Carb Diet Raises Women's Diabetes Risk
But boosting fiber intake can help lower the odds, researchers say

First Americans All from Siberia, Study Confirms
Humans somehow made their way into the Americas from distant lands, but knowing precisely when and from where they made the journey are matters of heated scientific debate. New genetic evidence, however, backs up a chilly northwestern arrival to North America from Siberia about 12,000 years ago, via a temporary land bridge spanning the Bering Strait.

"Teenage" galaxies give hints of early Milky Way
LONDON (Reuters) - The young building blocks of galaxies similar to the Milky Way have been spotted for the first time by astronomers, giving a tantalizing glimpse of how our stellar backyard may have formed.

Environment
Spain to get 'African' climate, report says
Madrid - Spanish experts have painted an alarming picture of the impact of global warming in the country, predicting droughts, flooding, new diseases and economic problems, press reports said Wednesday.

Drought Exacerbates Carbon Dioxide Problem
In North America alone, human activityfrom driving cars to generating power in factoriesreleases about two billion tons (1.85 billion metric tons) of carbon in the form of carbon dioxide every year. Natural carbon sinks such as forests, grasslands, crops and soil absorb about one-third of those emissions, scientists estimate. But droughts seem to hamper the ability of these sinks to suck up the greenhouse gas.

Google Wants Cheap, Renewable Energy. Like, Now. (by Kristen Nicole at Mashable)
Googles getting greener than ever. And setting up more initiatives to find those smart people out there that can take care of the brainiac side of things It will focus on advanced solar thermal power, wind power, geothermal systems and other potential technologies that will save our planet.

Sweet fuel supply
A new type of fuel cell powered with glucose derived from biomass is described in the latest issue of the Inderscience Publication International Journal of Global Energy Issues. The experimental device works by using sunlight to convert the glucose into hydrogen to power the cell, which produces several hundred millivolts.

Brown outlines four sites for nuclear power stations
Four sites were earmarked for the new generation of nuclear power stations yesterday as Gordon Brown gave the clearest signal so far that he will give the go-ahead in the New Year for a major expansion of Britain's nuclear power output.

Indonesia to plant 79 million trees
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Indonesia, which is losing its forests at a faster rate than any other country, launched a campaign Wednesday to plant 79 million trees ahead of a critical climate change conference on the resort island of Bali.

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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:06 AM
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1. I call bull on the First Americans from Siberia study...
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/09/0903_03...

In the 1930s, archeologists found stone spear points among the bones of mammoths near Clovis, New Mexico. Radio carbon dating in the 1950s showed that the oldest site was 11,400 years old. The sites were assumed, for years, to be the first evidence of human occupation in the Americas.

But more recent discoveries challenge the Clovis story. In 1996, archeologists in southern Chile found weapons and tools dating back 12,500 years. In Brazil, they found some of the oldest human remains in the Americas, among them a skeletonnamed Luziathat is more than 11,000 years old.

Luzia did not look like American Indians. Instead, her facial features matched most closely with the native Aborigines in Australia. These people date back to about 60,000 years and were themselves descended from the first humans who probably originated in Africa.

The researchers believe Luzia was part of a people, referred to as "Paleoamericans," who migrated into the Americaspossibly even by boatlong before the Mongoloid people. These Paleoamericans may later have been wiped out by or interbred with Mongoloids invading from the north.

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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:05 PM
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2. Where's the love?
KICK!

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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:23 PM
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4. Comin' up! K&R!
Thanx Caro!
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 03:40 PM
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:42 PM
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3. Have a great day!
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 02:28 PM
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5. Thanks, Caro!

Kick. :kick:
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Caro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-29-07 09:12 AM
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7. And thanks to all of you!
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