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Huge Roundup of Global Protests (Photos, Captions)

Global protests - The Big Picture - Boston.com: "In the last 30 days, there have been numerous protests across the globe in many countries. The following post is a collection of only some of those protests, but the images convey a gamut of emotions as citizens stand up for their political, economic, religious and lifestyle rights. -- Paula Nelson (51 photos total)"

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Tech Startups in The Land of Dixie

A Road Trip Through the South's Tech Startup Landscape - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic: "You hear about Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley, the tech scenes of Chicago and Austin and Cambridge, but what about the south? With most tech journalists located in the northeast and California, startups south of the Mason-Dixon line don't get enough attention. "

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Ophelia Could Smack Newfoundland

Hurricane Ophelia Heads North As A Category 2 Storm | Fox News: "Ophelia was centered about 680 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland, and a tropical storm watch was in effect for Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula. The center says Ophelia is expected to weaken steadily but still be near hurricane strength when it approaches the peninsula Monday."

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SFC's Entrepreneur of The Day Goes To...

Can hot air be the free fuel of the future? - CNN.com: "He wants to create, capture and control hot air to help power cities. He plans to build a huge solar updraft tower, 2,600 feet tall, in the Arizona desert. As the hot air moves into the tower, it would turn 32 turbines, spinning them fast enough to create mechanical energy, which generators convert to electricity."

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Does The Wall Street Protest Need An Agenda?

People are asking about goalsThe goals are universal and obviousThey boil down toA fair shake for allAs opposed to continued stratificationThat shortchanges the manyAnd democracy in nameRather than expressions about liberty thatRepresent forces that want to remove liberties fromMinorities and the poorThe growth of the protest is now the messageAnd the agenda
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Your daily dose of journo-sleaze

Ashton Kutcher Isn’t Following Demi Moore On Twitter! OMFG!!!!11 - The Superficial - Because You're Ugly: "The signs pointing toward Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore getting a divorce keep coming in. According to Page Six, he’s stopped following her on Twitter now because complicated adult relationships are always best-handled like you’re in fucking high school. On top of that, his alleged mistress Sara Leal (Who may or may not be the girl up top and/or the chick in these photos from back in June.) is already looking to cash in via paparazzi deals, if not a payout from Ashton. On that note, Chris Brown might want to take notes for his next all-male hookup — tomorrow. Dem bitches want paid!"

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It's been years since I watched Leno or Letterman

Nobody Watches Late Night Anymore: "A year plus after the whole late night kerfuffle, everyone's back to not caring at all about late night. During this past premiere week (when all the shows are new and sparkly) both Jay Leno and David Letterman's ratings bombed."

TV is a compensation for the power elite's decision to create metrosprawl as the default community-buster.

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Off hand this sounds like self defense

Ex-Gov's Stepdaughter Arrested for Hitting Boyfriend with Frying Pan: "Ashley Dennis, stepdaughter of former New York Governor David Paterson, was arrested and charged with assault Sunday morning for allegedly hitting her boyfriend Brian McGuinness—who was arrested and charged with choking Dennis—with a bottle and a frying pan."

I suppose this qualifies as reporting the news. I suppose I should investigate. Maybe I will. If I do I will update.

UPDATE: Clearly the above is shabby reporting. Now we have a bottle and it looks like she won handily.

Ex-Gov. Paterson's Stepdaughter Arrested in Fight With Boyfriend | NBC New York


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Perry on the march in his dreams

Perry Open to Military Intervention in Mexico's Drug War - NYTimes.com: "MANCHESTER, N.H. — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said on Saturday that as president, he would consider sending American troops into Mexico to help defeat drug cartels and improve border security. He indicated that any such action would be done “in concert” with the Mexican government."

That's what they all say.

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Popular yearning for good governance

Could Southeast Asians Launch Their Version of the Arab Spring? - TIME: "Indonesians haven't marched in huge numbers since toppling the dictator Suharto in 1998. But popular yearning for good governance could easily fill the streets again. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's approval rating is plummeting, thanks to corruption scandals implicating senior officials, and an upcoming Cabinet reshuffle will do little to halt it. Indonesia's strong economy won't stave off protests either. Stability requires functioning institutions, free media and an unfettered civil society, as well as economic growth."

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More about John Sterling than you've ever read before

Voice of Yankees Draws High Ratings and Several Critics - NYTimes.com: "Walking through the crowded hallway just outside the locker rooms at Yankee Stadium last week, John Sterling, unlike most everyone else, was not wearing a badge, security identification or media credential. Dressed in a crisp navy blue suit that he plucked from his closet that morning because he saw President Obama on television wearing a similar one, he merrily waved his hand as he passed attendants at various checkpoints."

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Looks like sportswriters have competition

Will Robots Steal Your White-Collar Job? | TPM Idea Lab: "One example of this new, super-capable form of artificial intelligence is StatSheet, a software program that takes sports statistics, integrates them with a human vocabulary and churns out news stories — all by itself — about baseball and football.

The application generates more than 15,000 articles a month and over the course of its nearly four-year lifespan, has created a million pages of news."

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Congress Partisan? Try Tribal?

Why Congress Is So Dysfunctional:

And the funny thing is it comes down to nickels and dimes. The sliver of the pie that is actually the province of what Congress can affect is less than ten percent of the power elite's domain - which is everything. When the edges of this slice are pushed hard, the power elite is bestirred. The rest of the time it operates in its protected sphere. The only way to modify and deflate the power elite is to force a resuscitation of local democracy and rule of law presided over by a court system that is not captive to the power elite. That it what 2012 is about.

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Obama Elicits Approbation from Gays

Obama Wins Warm Reception at Human Rights Campaign Dinner - NYTimes.com: "Mr. Obama received a jubilant reception from the audience at a dinner held by the group, the Human Rights Campaign. He was greeted with a standing ovation and was interrupted him several times with raucous applause, particularly when he declared that “ ‘don’t ask, don’t’ tell is history.”"

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Romney Was a Better Governor Than He Is a Candidate

Romney’s Strategies as Governor Bucked His C.E.O. Image - NYTimes.com: "But just a few months after Mr. Romney took office in 2003, what he delivered seemed anything but friendly to the C.E.O. crowd: a bill to financial firms for what they saw as $110 million in new corporate taxes — and a promise of more to come."

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Is Christie Built for Speed?

Christie Team Assessing How Fast a 2012 Campaign Could Be Mounted - NYTimes.com: "WASHINGTON — Chris Christie’s political advisers are working to determine whether they could move fast enough to set up effective political operations in Iowa and New Hampshire in the wake of a relentless courtship aimed at persuading Mr. Christie, the governor of New Jersey, to plunge into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to operatives briefed on the preparations."
He is wasting his time. He gets in he muddles the entire race by hurting Romney and making it more likely that the leaders will tear each other apart. The Ailes-Rove axis is shooting itself in the foot. It is a sign of terminal desperation.

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How our taxes harry deportees

U.S. makes deported immigrants take the long way home - latimes.com: "Montes' deportation was handled through the Alien Transfer Exit Program, which tries to disrupt immigration patterns. For years, immigrants were deported across the border from where they were caught, a practice that allowed them to easily reconnect with smugglers who would try to bring them across again, sometimes within hours."

My country, wrong. Try applying market principles to immigration and see what happens. This is the stupidest approach yet.

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China Space Thing Suggests Emulation is the Soul of Great Powerdom

China To Launch First Space Lab This Week | Fox News: "The unmanned Tiangong 1 ("Heavenly Palace") module was scheduled to lift off between Sept. 27 and 30, but a forecasted cold weather front has pushed the targeted launch date back to Sept. 29 or 30. The module will launch on a Chinese Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China."

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A somewhat scattershot Web thought piece

The rise of the digital monopolies - The Next Web: "Social networks only work when people use the same ones. In other words, they naturally lend themselves to being monopolized, which is one of the main reasons Facebook will continue on its upwards trajectory. It would be rather difficult, not to mention impractical, for people to communicate with their friends across different social networks, and although you can cite the likes of Bebo and Myspace as examples of social networking sites falling from grace, Facebook is past the point of no return…it’s too big to stop now."

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Police drive revolutions worldwide.

700 Arrested After Protest on NY's Brooklyn Bridge - ABC News: "More than 700 protesters demonstrating against corporate greed, global warming and social inequality, among other grievances, were arrested Saturday after they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic for several hours in a tense confrontation with police."

Police drive revolutions worldwide.

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Amazon's Profit Formula - It's Pricing Stupid

Amazon on fire with Fire - Business - TheChronicleHerald.ca: "A recent study by William Blair , an investment bank, underlines the price gap between Amazon and its rivals in the retailing world. The report compared the prices of 100 randomly selected goods at each of 24 American retailers with those items that were also available on Ama­zon. com. It found that almost half of the goods were listed on the online retailer’s site too, and that Amazon’s prices for individual products were on average 11 per cent below those of the stores. The study also noted that Amazon’s discounts were in many cases deeper than those offered by the retailers’ own websites."

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Perry aka Bush 3 Too Extreme for NH

New Hampshire Republicans sizing up Perry's chances for nomination - Politics Wires - MiamiHerald.com: "ATKINSON, N.H. -- It isn't that Jim Graczyk dislikes Rick Perry. But like other New Hampshire Republicans, he's spent hours sizing up the Texas governor in the debates, growing worried that Perry comes off too extreme to win the swing voters who hold the key to the White House.

"What value is there in calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme? That's just not helpful," he said. And on global warming, "Is it incontrovertible? No. But is it totally false?""

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Global democratic revolution is the answer to terrorism

Fighting terrorism on two fronts: "The principal threat to the Western way of life no long comes just from terror bases in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Somalia and elsewhere overseas. It comes just as much from sources within our borders, from native-born Westerners who have been brainwashed into believing that Western civilization and values are a threat to their faith or ideology, who have been convinced that democratic freedoms are anathema to their beliefs and world view."

Global democratic revolution defends not Western but universal values and these are needed as much in the West as in the lairs of terrorists wherever they may be. These universal values are first non-idolatry which is humility in the face of what no one can know or claim to know, then tolerence as strength, helpfulness as enabling others and community and democracy as the insistence on universal rights. These are what defeats terrorism wherever its ideology of division and violence takes root. Those who f…

Can Canada Be Far Behind?

CTV Toronto - Wall Street occupation inspires Canadian protesters - CTV News: "Inspired by protesters along Wall Street and in other U.S. cities, hundreds are expected to occupy Toronto's Bay Street in two weeks to air their various grievances against the financial system and its wealthiest companies."

Make no mistake. Democracy is catching. Because it is imbedded as an ontological value within every living soul, whether it is recognized. Conscience is the mechanism that reveals its presence in those who resist it. Power elites everywhere and at every level down to the home are subject to this growing wave.

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