Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Iranian police vehicle runs over protestor

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/30/iran-police-vehicle-purpo_n_406993.html

Hottest/coldest cities for job seekers

Unless you happen to be unemployed in one of these 'hot' cities, of course

Best Cities Jobs

Just call it "the bailout effect." Likely fueled by huge increases in government spending, Washington, D.C. may the best city in America for job seekers, according to a new ranking by the job search engine JuJu.com.

1 Washington, DC 1.87
2 San Jose, CA 2.68
3 Baltimore, MD 2.91
4 Boston, MA 3.11
5 New York, NY 3.35
6 Salt Lake City, UT 3.35
7 Hartford, CT 3.60
8 Denver, CO 3.81
9 San Antonio, TX 3.84
10 Austin, TX 4.30

Here are the bottom ten cities on JuJu.com's list:

40 Portland, OR 8.91
41 Orlando, FL 8.92
42 Providence, RI 0 9.23
43 Birmingham, AL 9.62
44 Los Angeles, CA 10.43
45 Sacramento, CA 10.97
46 Las Vegas, NV 11.85
47 Riverside, CA 12.35
48 Miami, FL 0 14.47
49 St. Louis, MO 17.98
50 Detroit, MI 20.76

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/29/hottest-cities-for-job-se_n_406492.html

Holy space race, Batman -- movie turns to possible (very remote) reality

Why do we need the Russians when we have Bruce Willis?

Astronauts blast off on Christmas space voyage

Russia's space chief said Wednesday his agency will consider sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth.

Anatoly Perminov said the space agency will hold a meeting soon to assess a mission to Apophis, telling Golos Rossii radio that it would invite NASA, the European Space Agency, the Chinese space agency and others to join the project once it is finalized.

When the 270-meter (885-foot) asteroid was first discovered in 2004, astronomers estimated the chances of it smashing into Earth in its first flyby in 2029 were as high as 1-in-37.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091230/ap_on_re_eu/eu_russia_asteroid_encounter

Can't deny the physics: For every action there is an equally strong reaction


Imagine that, now that we're on the threshold of 2010, Dems are starting to be concerned about mid-term elections

A composite image shows William Daley, Gerald Connolly and Peter DeFazio.
William Daley, Rep. Gerald Connolly and Rep. Peter DeFazio
are among those Dems anxious about next year's elections.

Mounting anxiety about their prospects in next year’s elections is suddenly reviving a debate that has split the Democratic Party for a generation: Should it tack to the political middle to claim centrist swing voters or remain true to liberal principles to motivate the base and other change-hungry voters.

CIA also knew of Nigerian terror suspect

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab looks at camera.

The CIA received a vague warning four months ago about the Nigerian suspect in the Christmas Day bombing attempt, although officers did not learn his name until last month, administration officials said Tuesday night.

The revelation, first reported by CBS News, increases the footprint of data about Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab that is known to have existed within the U.S. government before he attempted to blow an Airbus 330 out of the sky using a bomb stitched into his underwear.

The CIA learned the man’s name in November, when his father came to the U.S. embassy in Nigeria and sought help in finding him, officials said.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1209/31048.html

The Word:Day by Day Cartoon

Florida AG: healthcare reform is unconstitutional

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum – a Republican running for governor – says a federal healthcare bill that forces everyone to buy health insurance or pay a penalty could be unconstitutional. If it passes, he is considering a legal challenge.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is challenging the provision in healthcare
bills forcing all Americans to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. Here, he's
seen explaining a legal challenge to Internet travel providers.

The debate over healthcare reform moved into the legal realm Tuesday. Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum called for an investigation into the constitutionality of a congressional mandate that all Americans purchase health insurance or pay a tax penalty.

“I have grave concern about the constitutionality of this mandate,” Mr. McCollum said. If passed and signed into law, the individual mandate portion of the healthcare legislation would mark the first time Congress has imposed a tax on individuals for essentially doing nothing, he said.

McCollum sent a letter on Tuesday inviting his fellow attorneys general to join his investigation. “I believe our analysis is needed in order to provide Congress our input, and more importantly to protect our states and citizens from a potentially unconstitutional federal mandate,” he wrote in the letter.

The provision is a centerpiece of the healthcare bills currently pending in Congress. Conservative analysts have been debating the legality of the measure for months. Liberal analysts have dismissed these concerns as overblown and political posturing.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2009/1229/Florida-attorney-general-healthcare-reform-unconstitutional