Tuesday, June 14, 2011
It was, quite simply, a different Michele Bachmann who emerged on stage at St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire — a nuanced, focused and polished politician rather than the one-dimensional firebrand she’s been caricatured as in the past. If she is to make a serious run at the presidential nomination, Monday’s debate might be the turning point that gave the GOP establishment a reason to give her a second look.
From the U.K. Guardian:
American and Afghan officials are locked in increasingly acrimonious secret talks about a long-term security agreement which is likely to see US troops, spies and air power based in the troubled country for decades.
Though not publicised, negotiations have been under way for more than a month to secure a strategic partnership agreement which would include an American presence beyond the end of 2014 – the agreed date for all 130,000 combat troops to leave — despite continuing public debate in Washington and among other members of the 49-nation coalition fighting in Afghanistan about the speed of the withdrawal.
The Libyan regime has successfully requested close to 1,000 tickets to events at the London Olympics and the country’s attendance at the Games is being co-ordinated by the Gaddafi family.
The Libyan Olympic Committee is headed by Muhammad Gaddafi and the Government now fears a major diplomatic embarrassment over the attendance of regime figures.
The decision to grant Libya the valuable tickets will infuriate the million Britons who have missed out on attending over-subscribed events.
Acting with unusual speed, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Gov. Scott Walker's plan to all but end collective bargaining for tens of thousands of public workers.
The court found a committee of lawmakers was not subject to the state's open meetings law, and so did not violate that law when they hastily approved the measure and made it possible for the Senate to take it up. In doing so, the Supreme Court overruled a Dane County judge who had struck down the legislation, ending one challenge to the law even as new challenges are likely to emerge.
Freedom and personal autonomy are more important to people's well-being than money.
Money Can't Buy Happiness: Individualism a Stronger Predictor of Well-Being Than Wealth, Says New StudyScienceDaily (June 14, 2011) — Freedom and personal autonomy are more important to people's well-being than money, according to a meta-analysis of data from 63 countries published by the American Psychological Association.
Billionaire Dallas owner spends $110k in FOUR HOURS celebrating his NBA triumph... and now he's going to pay for the victory parade too
After the greatest victory of his career, Dallas Mavericks basketball team owner Mark Cuban appears in no mood to hold back. He spent an astonishing $110,000 in four hours at a club with his team after they won the NBA Championship for the first time on Sunday. And now the billionaire is planning to spare the city of Dallas the cost of a victory parade this week, after the Mayor suggested it might have to be a cut-price affair.
BOEHNER GIVES OBAMA FRIDAY DEADLINE TO JUSTIFY LIBYA ACTION...
REPORT: Secret US Grand Jury Investigating CIA 'War Crimes' at Abu Ghraib
DRONES TO YEMEN...
Chinese Spying Devices Installed on Hong Kong Cars...
China refuses to help US investigate counterfeit weapons parts...
Syrian army pursues 'scorched earth' campaign...
REPORT: Assad orchestrated Israeli border battles...
New Egypt? 7,000 civilians jailed since Mubarak fell...
MORE ON THAT ATF GUNRUNNING SCANDAL: Will the Justice Department be held to account for arming lethal Mexican cartels? “To date, the ATF operation, which encouraged gun shops in the American southwest to sell weapons to suspected criminals and let them carry the weapons across the border, has resulted in an estimated 150 Mexican law enforcement officers and soldiers shot with ATF-supplied weapons.”
Obama Blames ATMs for High Unemployment
President Obama explained to NBC News that the reason companies aren't hiring are not because of his policies, it's because the economy is so automated. ... "There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don't go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you're using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate."
(It is good to see a private sector corp. like Google get involved in renewable energy, rather than having the government throw taxpayer money around and hope it does some good somewhere)
In a move that could boost solar energy use in homes, Google Inc. is creating a $280-million fund to help finance rooftop installations.
The Internet search giant, an avid investor in renewable energy technologies, said the deal with SolarCity, a solar panel installation company based in San Mateo, Calif., is the largest green investment it has ever made.
Google's leading the way and other companies could follow suit," said Lyndon Rive, chief executive of SolarCity. "It's not just about a dramatic environmental impact, it's also a good return."
Up in smoke: Vintage B-17 Flying Fortress bursts into flames with seven people on board... who all make miraculous escape
The vintage plane, which carries passengers for around $400 a seat, took off from Aurora Municipal Airport near Chicago and burst into flames about 20 minutes later. The Liberty Belle saw active duty in the war and was one of only a handful of bombers to survive an attack on Dusseldorf, Germany in September 1944.
'I would quit': Obama leaves Weiner in no doubt... but shamed Democrat clings to his job (and his wife's on her way home)
The President told NBC's Ann Curry that had he been caught up in a sordid sexting scandal as Weiner has, he would see no other option. 'When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can't serve as effectively as you need to, at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages, and paying the bills then you should probably step back,' Mr Obama said in an interview with the Today show to be aired tomorrow morning.
Tumors are characterized by extensive inflammatory infiltrates, which can comprise up to 25 percent of the tumor's mass. Myeloid cells invade tumors in response to diverse inflammatory stimuli produced by the tumor. Invading myeloid cells differentiate into a type of macrophage that promotes tumor angiogenesis, growth and metastasis and inhibits anti-tumor immunity. In the June 14 issue of Cancer Cell, Schmid et al. demonstrate that tumor inflammation (myeloid cell invasion of tumors) requires PI3kinase gamma, a gatekeeper enzyme that is primarily expressed by myeloid cells. Inhibitors of PI3kinase gamma strongly inhibit tumor inflammation, growth and metastasis for a wide variety of cancers. PI3kinase gamma inhibitors hold promise as a new class of general cancer therapeutic agents. (Credit: UC San Diego School of Medicine)