Midday News Feeds - Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013

by: JanF

Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 13:04:34 PM EST

From the newswires ...

On Gun Violence: Obama in Minneapolis

As the debate over guns after Newtown moves into the often bitterly partisan halls of Congress, President Obama flew Monday to the Midwest to remind the country there's more unity on gun control than the rancorous debate in the nation's capital might suggest

Read More: Minneapolis' Progressive Approach to Reducing Gun Violence
Read More: PCCC Ad Targets Mitch McConnell on Gun Control


Violence Against Women Act Flying Toward Senate Passage

The Senate overwhelmingly agreed Monday to advance legislation reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, winning over strong bipartisan support to bypass a filibuster and consider the renewal of domestic abuse funding that is currently on life support. [...]

"It is unthinkable that Republicans in the House would prevent us from taking action - again refuse to do anything as they did last Congress," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said before the vote Monday. "Allowing partisan delays to put women's lives at risk is simply shameful. ... I hope the Senate's bipartisan action this week will send a strong message to House Republican leaders that further partisan delay is unacceptable."

Read More: Eight Senators Vote To Block Violence Against Women Act
Read More: DCCC Ad Targets Eric Cantor over VAWA


Hillary Clinton Debuts New Website

Hillary Clinton appears to have a new website. So far, hillaryclintonoffice.com has a picture of the former secretary of state and a form for contacting her.

Read More: Hillary Clinton: The Most Powerful Woman in American Politics


S&P expects U.S. lawsuit over pre-crisis credit ratings

Feb 4 (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's said it expects to be the target of a U.S. Department of Justice civil lawsuit over its mortgage bond ratings, the first federal enforcement action against a credit rating agency over alleged illegal behavior tied to the recent financial crisis.

Read More: McGraw-Hill Tumbles Most Since '87 as U.S. Prepares S&P Lawsuit


CIA rendition: more than a quarter of countries 'offered covert support'

The full extent of the CIA's extraordinary rendition programme has been laid bare with the publication of a report showing there is evidence that more than a quarter of the world's governments covertly offered support.

A 213-page report compiled by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), a New York-based human rights organisation, says that at least 54 countries co-operated with the global kidnap, detention and torture operation that was mounted after 9/11, many of them in Europe.


Quick Takes ...

Sea Urchins Chalk Up Global Warming Win
Sunshine may 'reduce arthritis risk'
'Well, That Was Cool,' Say Archaeologists Before Dumping Bones Of King Richard III Back Into Hole

JanF :: Midday News Feeds - Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013
Where do you news? The following is a table of news and opinion sites from around the world.
  TPM Livewire     ThinkProgress.org    The Onion  
  the guardian    Salon     The American Prospect  
  Newseum News     Newseum Front Pages    The Daily Beast  
  Mother Jones     Discovery News     BBC  
  McClatchy     Reuters     NPR News  

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Where do you get your news? (2.00 / 16)
Directly from news sites? From a news aggregator? From TV or radio?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

Gentle woodland creatures... (2.00 / 16)
...whisper in my ear all that I need to know. ;-p

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Ha! The Bambi Connection. (2.00 / 13)
Okay, I will search for an appropriate link ...

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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It appears that the Woodland Creatures news site is roll your own: (2.00 / 11)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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ha, either that gif is perverted or I am (2.00 / 9)
maybe a little of both?

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LOL (2.00 / 2)
That GIF could be called "Mornings at Silky's." ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Tweet stream ... (2.00 / 11)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

uh,........frick the deficit and frack the sequester. (2.00 / 10)
Xcept, just as easily more better, congrets could pare plenty out which don't help people who need it.
If they stopped giveawaying to corrupting cartel creeps
And put the people to work at piled up projects screaming to begin,
Alotta the other financials would boon up fine. Dumbass jerk miser fools.
Other than, 'I'm too stupid to hold public office, so I resign,' there's nothing eric cantor could possibly think of to say that I want to hear in this life, century, millenium, news cycle, eternity, forever and a day.  

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Wouldn't that be great? (2.00 / 12)
'I'm too stupid to hold public office, so I resign,'

- Eric Cantor

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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Say, that's a really nice quote! And very good/news. (2.00 / 9)

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Where do I get my news? (2.00 / 13)
My last name is Fox so I make it up ;)

" In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof. "

You probably noticed that I did not put "jsfox news" in the table ... (2.00 / 13)
Or "jscnn news" either. ;)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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From the CBO - Forecast (2.00 / 12)
The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023
If the current laws that govern federal taxes and spending do not change, the budget deficit will shrink this year to $845 billion, or 5.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), its smallest size since 2008.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

but but but (2.00 / 10)
Obama is spending like a drunken sailor. Or at leads that is what the all cap and bolded emails I get say!

" In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof. "

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From that CBO report, a little more on that "drunken" spending: (0.00 / 0)
Deficit Obsession Has Hurt The Recovery: CBO
"[E]conomic activity will expand slowly this year, with real GDP growing by just 1.4 percent," according to CBO's projections. "That slow growth reflects a combination of ongoing improvement in underlying economic factors and fiscal tightening that has already begun or is scheduled to occur-including the expiration of a 2 percentage-point cut in the Social Security payroll tax, an increase in tax rates on income above certain thresholds, and scheduled automatic reductions in federal spending. That subdued economic growth will limit businesses' need to hire additional workers, thereby causing the unemployment rate to stay near 8 percent this year, CBO projects."

I was listening to talk radio yesterday and one of the callers called the expiration of the Social Security payroll tax holiday a "new tax added by Obama". So a 24-month cut in Social Security contributions expiring looks like a new tax? Sigh. I suppose it would be too much to expect thanks for pumping that extra money into the economy when we needed it ... and thanks for working out a deal that did not expire the Bush tax cuts that would have increased rates on middle-income wage earners.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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Wonder what the Hillary website will be? (2.00 / 9)
Pootie pics she took from around the world?


Another Obama bashing site?

tweets (2.00 / 7)
and texts

and pootie pix and gifs

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Clinton's Critters (2.00 / 8)
it's gonna be great.

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i like online newspapers (2.00 / 9)
from around the world.  esp if they use the reporter's name on the article.  

for entertainment & tech, there's i09 and wired and others.

i lean toward lesser-known news, or a more local perspective.  

it is always really hard to find china news in english.  that isn't produced by the chinese government.  

new news (2.00 / 11)
Equal Marriage in Britain: Progress!
Truly historic step forward' passed by 400 to 175 votes

ParliamentMPs have voted by a majority of 225 in favour of the new Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The Bill will extend the legal form of marriage to lesbian, gay and bisexual people and permit religious denominations to celebrate such marriages should they wish.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: 'As the last piece of the legislative jigsaw providing equality for gay people in Britain, this is a truly historic step forward. We're absolutely delighted that MPs have demonstrated so overwhelmingly that they're in touch with the twenty-first century.

I trust every word (2.00 / 8)
The Onion publishes. Because some of it is more likely than the real news.

I have a weird approach - I put a of news sources and some media folks in my twitter feed (I don't actually tweet, I just read my feed) and get lots of up-to-the-minute links there.

I also scan Google News aggregator and a couple of MSM sites morning and evening, but honestly most things I find I've already read in an article linked on twitter.

I will not watch the news-o-tainment on any channel. Including MSNBC. Cannot tolerate the blathering heads.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013

I put a bunch of news sites in my twitter stream to see what shows up. (2.00 / 5)
I found a couple of good stories there. I don't watch TV for news either. I want to move from story to story and spend time on an article as I choose to. TV news is fed to you and you get as much or as little about a story as they choose to give you.

I think I gave up on TV when the blathering heads just started talking over each other and became the screaming heads. How does that improve discourse or enlighten anyone?  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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this diary is fiercer than any one news source, and it also hovers..... (2.00 / 5)
....but in neither plane, e.g. a drone nor a helicopter. nor is it superman which leaves a bird,  and therefore
a moose-ummingbird

I am hoping it can gather sticky news links over the course of a day. (2.00 / 4)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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To show my optimism is not entirely baseless, (2.00 / 4)
in this case regarding our ability to reverse climate change while not living in cold, damp homes:

Experts at Newcastle University, UK, have discovered that in the presence of a Nickel catalyst, CO2 can be converted rapidly and cheaply into the harmless, solid mineral, calcium carbonate.

"The beauty of a Nickel catalyst is that it carries on working regardless of the pH and because of its magnetic properties it can be re-captured and re-used time and time again. It's also very cheap - 1,000 times cheaper than the enzyme.  And the by-product - the carbonate - is useful and not damaging to the environment.

"What our discovery offers is a real opportunity for industries such as power stations and chemical processing plants to capture all their waste CO2 before it ever reaches the atmosphere and store it as a safe, stable and useful product."

This is another sign of the "closed loop" industrial processes which will evolve during the 21st century. Over the next few years, if the research holds up (which seems highly likely), it would surprise me to not see vendors offering products to power and other industrial companies that have 100% carbon capture. The calcium carbonate sales to other industrial consumers will probably pay for the new equipment (I can hear business folks and engineers doing the math as we speak), further accelerating the production of consumer goods with lower-to-no negative environmental impact.

Take that, Paul Ehrlich, you fuck.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


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