Archive for November, 2009

56-Year-Old Man Brought Back To Life After 47 Minutes, 4,500 Chest Compressions And 8 Zaps With Defibrillator

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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Newspaper circulation may be worse than it looks

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – While U.S. newspapers are losing subscribers at a staggering rate, a few dailies stand out because their circulation is rising. But they aren’t necessarily selling more copies.
Here’s why: Since April 1, new auditing rules have made it easier for newspapers to count a reader as a paying customer.

UN official — Climate change pushes poor women to prostitution, dangerous work

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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The AMA Is More a Monopoly in Crisis Than a Professional Association — John R. Graham

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The government’s media collaborators went hog-wild when the American Medical Association and AARP endorsed the House’s health-reform bill(s). The media continue to insist that these organizations lobby for doctors and seniors, which is not the case. Grace-Marie Turner notes that AARP earns a significant fraction of its revenues by endorsing private-health insurance policies that supplement Medicare. Called Medigap policies, they will likely benefit if the government rolls back another line of business, called Medicare Advantage.

KMBC — Tom Watson Gets British Open Exemption; Watson Almost Became Oldest British Open Champion This Year

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Planned Parenthood: Your Tax Dollars at Work — Ken Connor

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Few are aware, however, that before this intrepid pair set their sights on ACORN, O’Keefe conducted a similar campaign against Planned Parenthood. In a series of recorded telephone calls to Planned Parenthood offices across the country, O’Keefe posed as a prospective donor who wanted his contributions restricted to funding the abortion of African-American babies. In each instance he was assured that his wishes would be honored; not once was he turned away or taken to task for his despicable views.

Some interpret this as damning evidence that Planned Parenthood still actively embraces the vision of its founder, Margaret Sanger, who openly advocated for the sterilization of “undesirables” like minorities, immigrants, and the handicapped; and who viewed birth control primarily as a means “to create a race of thoroughbreds.” While the organization would deny that its goal today is to “control” the growth of minorities, it is worth noting that minorities are disproportionately impacted by abortion, of which Planned Parenthood is the leading provider.

SuzyB: Beauty Secret? Skin Cells of Aborted Babies

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Valerie Richardson of the Washington Times reported yesterday that Neocutis Inc., a San Francisco based cosmetics company, has been using skin cell proteins from an aborted baby boy in its products. Pro-life activists from Children of God for Life and American Life League-to name a few-are outraged.

Richardson writes that the “ingredient” was “developed” in Switzerland at the University of Lausanne. A 14-week-old baby boy was aborted on-demand and then donated to the university. According to Neocutis Inc., the child was aborted because he was not expected to survive to full term. The piece of the baby’s skin donated to Neocutis for research was described as the size of a postage stamp.

Why Feminists Make No Allowance for Women’s Choices — The Contrarian

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

A recent story in the British Daily Telegraph confirms that feminists think they have found a new wage gap in children’s allowances. Echoing several recent studies in the United States and Australia, the UK’s Co-operative Investments Child Trust Fund finds that parents give their sons 10 percent more spending money on average, while asking their daughters to do the lion’s share of the more domestic tasks, such as cooking and cleaning.

AFP — Obama’s Global Warming EPA Power-Grab is Moving Fast

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

President Obama, White House Climate Czar Carol Browner, and their Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are not waiting for Congress to pass cap-and-trade. (more…)

Unfriend: the word of the year, apparently — ComputerWorld

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

By Richi Jennings. November 17, 2009.

Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention urban cursor…

ComputerWorld: Android closing in on Windows Mobile

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The upstart Android OS, in its first year, is gaining on the decade old Windows Mobile (CE) platform according to new data provided by Gartner today.

Windows Mobile fell from 11.1 percent of the market in the third quarter of last year, to 7.9% this year. That’s losing over 3% of the overall market and almost 30% of their market.

Microsoft confirms first Windows 7 zero-day bug

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Computerworld -
Microsoft late on Friday confirmed that an unpatched vulnerability exists in Windows 7, but downplayed the problem, saying most users would be protected from attack by blocking two ports on their firewall.

Real ID program in deep trouble

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Computerworld - A decision by lawmakers to slash funding for the unpopular Real ID national driver’s license program has put an already struggling initiative on life support.

The U.S. Senate recently approved a $43 billion budget for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the federal government’s 2010 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. The appropriation called for substantial increases in DHS spending in several key technology areas but slashed Real ID funding by 40%, from $100 million to $60 million.

Fake Verizon ‘balance-checker’ is a Trojan

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

IDG News Service – Cyber-criminals have started preying on Verizon Wireless customers, sending out spam e-mail messages that say their accounts are over the limit and offering them a “balance checker” program to review their payments.

Recent Funk’s Front Porch

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Funk’s Front Porch
15 November 2009

Dear Folks,

This Week’s City Business

In his quest to find every method available to communicate with his constituents, the Mayor is hosting his first-ever telephone town hall meeting this coming Wednesday evening, November 17th, at 7 p.m. On Monday, a phone call will go out to over 30,000 randomly selected Kansas Citians to inform them that the Mayor will be calling them on Wednesday evening to ask them if they would like to participate in a tele-town hall meeting. And on Wednesday evening, another phone call will go out to the same group of people, asking them to stay on the line if they want to participate in the tele-town hall meeting. Once the call is connected, the Mayor will speak to his initiatives for the first 15 minutes, and then he will answer questions from the group for the next 45 minutes. If you don’t want to take a chance on not being one of the randomly selected callers, you can place the call yourself to participate: 888-356-3090, and when prompted, you can dial in the code: 13548#. We hope you will join the Mayor on Wednesday. (more…)

When the Rich Get Poorer, Look Out Below — Mark Skousen, Human Events

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The financial crisis has hit the rich hard — the net worth of rich Americans has fallen an average 24% in the past year, according to a new Merrill Lynch Wealth Management report. The number of people with investable assets over $1 million has fallen from 3 million to 2.5 million. They have lost big money in real estate and stocks, their two biggest holdings. Even the price of Mei Moses Art Index has fallen 32% in the past six months.

The real question is: What is the impact of less wealth on the average American? The answer is: serious.

The wealthy, including business entrepreneurs such Bill Gates and independent investors such as Warren Buffett, have led the global economy to astonishing new heights over the past generation.

Taking On Soda Taxes

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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ATR — “Public Plan” or No “Public Plan,” House Dem Health Bill Bad for Taxpayers

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Whether the final health bill has a public plan (a.k.a. “co-op”) or not, it’s important for taxpayers to realize that the tax increases will stay. In particular, there are four tax hikes in the House bill that violate Obama’s promise not to raise taxes on familes making less than $250,000 per year: (more…)

Rasmussen: 51% Oppose Decision To Try Terrorists in New York City, Just 29% Approve

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans and 56% of voters not affiliated with either major political party oppose trying the terrorist detainees in a civilian court. Democrats are more closely divided, with a plurality (46%) in favor of the administration’s decision to treat the cases as criminal matters for trial in a civilian court.

Israel displays coins from ancient Jewish revolt

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel displayed for the first time Wednesday a collection of rare coins charred and burned from the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple nearly 2,000 years ago.