Monday, November 15, 2010

Deficit Commission Calls For Budget Cuts

Deficit Commission Calls For Budget Cuts - Since the attacks of 9/11, the Defense Department budget has roughly doubled. It now accounts for half of all discretionary spending. Some budget watchers estimate the U.S. spends almost as much on the military as the rest of the world combined.

With growing worries about federal spending, the co-chairs of a bipartisan commission on the nation's deficit took aim last week at the Pentagon budget. The military is so big, they say, that the government can cut at least $100 billion from its swelling budget.

And they're getting support from more conservatives. Many politicians have long considered the defense budget untouchable, especially amid the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There's fear of being labeled soft on defense. But some newly elected Republican members of Congress are publicly mulling across the board cuts, including at the Pentagon.

In this hour, we'll be joined by Dov Zakheim. He was the undersecretary of defense and comptroller at the Pentagon from 2001 to 2004. Also with us, Kori Schake, who worked on the National Security Council for President George W. Bush.

Deficit Commission Calls For Budget Cuts

Full Body Scanners Continue To Cause Controversy

Full Body Scanners Continue To Cause Controversy - As full-body scanners come into more widespread use in American airports (they will be phased in soon at the three major airports in the New York City metro region), they are also coming under more frequent criticism.

The objections are coming from many different quarters:

Unions representing American Airlines and US Airways, citing concerns about radiation, have asked their pilots to bypass the scanning machines and instead opt for a pat-down.
Bipartisan groups of legislators in New Jersey and Idaho are working to ban the use of such systems in their states.

Some widely read bloggers spanning different parts of the political spectrum — like Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic Monthly, Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing, and Patrick Smith of Salon (who is a commercial airline pilot) — have been highly critical of the new procedures.
A California man named John Tyner who wrote about — and videotaped — his experience at San Diego International Airport, in which he claimed to have been threatened with a $10,000 fine for refusing a pat-down even after he decided not to board his flight, received more than 4,000 comments to his blog, the vast majority of them sympathetic.

Another blogger has called for Wednesday, Nov. 24th — among the busiest travel days of the year — to be “national opt-out day,” encouraging people to submit to a pat-down (and to have it done in full view of other passengers) rather than go through the body-scanning machines.

Full Body Scanners Continue To Cause Controversy

Case Of Smallpox On House

Case Of Smallpox On House - The episode begins as a boat-full of African slaves comes under attack. The ship's doctor instructs the captain to toss his "sick cargo" overboard, but, as the ill slaves are dragged up on to the deck, a huge hole is blown in the side of the craft. Back in the present, a married couple - Lulu and Niles - spend time together on a boat, while their respective children Julie and Roger go diving. Julie emerges from the water with an old glass jar she has recovered from the wreck of the slave ship. She accidentally breaks the jar, badly cutting her hand.

House informs his team that Julie is now suffering from a high fever, vomiting and blood-shot eyes. He claims that she has smallpox, caused by the scabs of infected slaves that were kept in the jar as a form of inoculation. With the entire family now held in quarantine, the medical team don protective suits to vaccinate them for smallpox. Julie is now seriously ill, and while Taub attempts to convince a panicked Lulu that her daughter could simply have tetanus, Masters admits that she could have contracted smallpox.

House becomes curious when Cuddy allows him to skip his required clinic hours and contacts Wilson, who is attending to a 6-year-old chemo patient named Eve. Eve wants to be reunited with her stuffed toy before agreeing to the treatment, so Wilson volunteers to have a nurse watch the child while her mother fetches the doll. He then meets with House, who suggests that Cuddy knows about his previous deception involving the lab test. Wilson warns House that if Cuddy doesn't know, his "sniffing around" will make her suspicious. Meanwhile, Taub's tests reveal that Julie's white cell count is depleted. House suggests that increased pressure caused by Julie's recent diving could have forced her antibodies into her joints.

House visits Cuddy's office and she admits that she knows about his deception. He argues that his actions saved a patient's life and that it was not a personal slight against her, but Cuddy remains angry and orders House out of the room. Elsewhere, while performing joint taps on Julie, Taub notices white patches on her leg. Suspecting that she does indeed have smallpox, he decides to contact the CDC. Later, Masters inspects Julie's skin, searching for dark purple blotches that would indicate a less harmful form of the disease. Instead, she discovers a poison ivy-like rash under Julie's arm, which leads House to declare that Julie does not have smallpox.

Case Of Smallpox On House

Black Friday 2010 Deals

Black Friday 2010 Deals - Just browsing some Black Friday 2010 ads and I stumbled upon quite cool sale! Samsung Galaxy Tab at Best Buy will be sold $50 chepaer than at Verizon stores!

If you didn’t get chance to buy Samsung Galaxy Tab yet, maybe Best Buy on November 26th might be the final straw to buy one! Namely ad below shows that Samsung Galaxy Tab will be on sale for $549 at Best Buy originally cost at other stores is $599 and up.

Beside the Samsung Galaxy Tab that will be on sale, what will you be buying this Black Friday? HDTV? GPS? Cell Phone?

Let us know below in comment section, we might be able to tell you what’s going to be on sale in different stores for upcoming Black Friday.

Black Friday 2010 Deals

Illegal Art Offers New Girl Talk Album For Free

Illegal Art Offers New Girl Talk Album For Free - Pop mash-up extraordinaire Girl Talk released his latest full-length earlier today through his usual record label, Illegal Art.

The new album is called All Day and can be downloaded for free from Illegal Art's official website. It's Girl Talk's first release since 2008's Feed the Animals, and according to a recent interview with Pitchfork, he finished it in five months of intense work over this past summer. Right now the album can be had in mp3 format as a continuous mix or in separate files, and there are plans to make it available in FLAC as well. In terms of content, you probably know what to expect: a totally rambunctious blend of dozens of beats and a cappellas, especially heavy on pop and hip-hop.

Girl Talk, AKA Greg Gillis, released his first collage album more than eight years ago, but it wasn't until 2006's Night Ripper that he really broke through. Since then he's become a pop culture underdog, receiving widespread praise for his sample-happy albums and live shows while at the same time being dubbed a "lawsuit waiting to happen" by the New York Times. All Day will be his fifth full-length to date.

Tracklist
01. Oh No
02. Let It Out
03. That's Right
04. Jump on Stage
05. This Is the Remix
06. On and On
07. Get It Get It
08. Down for the Count
09. Make Me Wanna
10. Steady Shock
11. Triple Double
12. Every Day

Illegal Art Offers New Girl Talk Album For Free

Jetblue Flight Attendant Gets Job

Jetblue Flight Attendant Gets Job - Steven Slater will put his vast experience of memorable air flights to use after signing a deal to judge travelers' 'craziest' stories.
The former JetBlue flight attendant will represent the "Mile High Text Club" contest which invites travelers to text in their most outrageous stories.

The deal is with the company behind a mobile communication application, Line2, which allows inflight texting on Wi-Fi equipped planes.

Peter Sisson, CEO of Toktumi, the company behind the application, called Slater "a perfect judge for a contest concerning the current state of air travel.

“After talking with Steven, I realized that despite his dramatic approach – which he regrets - he was making a statement about the need to return civility and common courtesy to flying."
The "Mile High Text Club" pushes the cause of communicating via text on a flight so other passengers are not disturbed by loud voice calls.

Slater made national headlines in August after he made a dramatic emergency slide exit from a JetBlue plane after an altercation with a passenger over luggage.

Jetblue Flight Attendant Gets Job

iTunes Announcement Most Likely The Beatles News

iTunes Announcement Most Likely The Beatles News - Earlier today we told how we felt that Apple’s iOS 4.2 may be imminent after finding out that today Ping has been made available on the iPad. When Ping was made available for the iPhone and iPod Touch it coincided nicely with the launch of iOS 4.1 and so the news of a release for iOS 4.2 sounds more promising.

Along with learning that Ping for the iPad is now available we also told how Ping now has Twitter integration too. Now, neither of these things merited any announcement from Apple and yet we hear from Samuel Axon over on Mashable that today a message on iTunes reads, “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget. Check back here tomorrow for an exciting announcement from iTunes.” That’s certainly an announcement that’s going to get a lot of people talking. We noticed the times on the clocks of the message read 3:00 pm in London, that’s 10:00 pm in New York.

Mashable points out it could be a music subscription service or that maybe a web-based iTunes is in preparation. However it sounds to us like it could be really big news and we are as intrigued as many others as to what’s coming.

For more on this go to mashable.com. What do you think the Apple iTunes announcement could be? We certainly can’t wait to find out and we’ll bring you more news when we do but in the meantime we’d like to hear your thoughts and comments about this.

iTunes Announcement Most Likely The Beatles News

Wells Fargo Online Education Resources

Wells Fargo Online Education Resources - Wells Fargo & Company (WFC 27.73, +0.08, +0.29%) announces a new national alliance with the Citizenship Education Fund, an affiliate of the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.'s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, to provide financial education training to African American clergy, parishioners and Wells Fargo customers beginning in 2011. The initiative, called the One Thousand Churches Connected Save Our Homes Financial Literacy Program, marks an unprecedented collaboration between Wells Fargo and the civil rights organization to help provide educational resources that improve the financial success of African Americans.

Rev. Jackson will be joined by Georgette "Gigi" Dixon, senior vice president, director of national partnerships for Wells Fargo, at a special ministers' luncheon and seminar themed, "The Role of the Church in the 21st Century." They'll jointly introduce the ambitious project before an expected audience of nearly 400 guests, representing religious leaders, their administrators and members from the Southeast region. The luncheon is being hosted today at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St., from noon to 2:15 p.m. Rev. Jackson and Dixon will share the podium with fellow participants Bishop Paul Morton, Dr. T. Dewitt Smith, Bishop William Phillips DeVeaux, Bishop James Washington, and keynote speaker Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

"Wells Fargo strongly believes that the solution to today's challenging financial times is education," says Dixon. "We are focused on long-term economic development in the African American community, but we know our customers must be empowered with the knowledge they need to succeed. This partnership with the Citizenship Education Fund will provide a powerful avenue that fosters a more open dialogue. This announcement underscores Wells Fargo's commitment to financial education and forging relationships with national African American organizations."

Wells Fargo Online Education Resources

Google Gives Generous Raise To Employees

Google Gives Generous Raise To Employees - Google Raise – Recently, Google has decided to give an unprecedented 10% raise to each of its employees and a cash bonus of $ 1,000 for the holiday season. Google will pay all taxes on the bonus money and a trip that will eventually be the same as their target end of year bonus.

Generate and holiday pay rates, which determine when Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.The CEO commented that he believes the pay is actually more important than other economic incentives, which are usually given away by larger companies.

Google raise will effect from 1 January 2011. The internal memo states that all Google employees pay raise and will be sent detailed instructions for some of the changes that are made in relation to their annual bonus and total pay.

Even for Google employees it is good news, Because it has more than 23,000 employees in total, it means a lot of money, about $ 23 million for premiums alone, which does not include VAT.

Google Gives Generous Raise To Employees

The Beatles Coming To iTunes

The Beatles Coming To iTunes - Apple has obtained the rights to offer the Beatles music at iTunes, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The paper said Apple is planning to make the announcement but cautioned that Apple "could change plans" at the last minute.
Apple feuded with the Beatles for years over the Apple trademark. In the late 1960's, the Beatles named their holding and record company Apple Records. The dispute was only one of the obstacles keeping the band's music off iTunes.

Another problem was whether iTunes could acquire exclusive digital rights to the songs. Had the Beatles cut such a deal, it risked alienating Wal-Mart, Amazon, and scores of other music retailers online and off, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations. Every so often, a rumor would emerge that Apple was getting the Beatles but years passed without a deal.
A spokesman for EMI, the Beatles record label, declined to comment.

Some Beatles fans at CNET and music industry execs said they spotted traces of the Beatles in Apple's post. A graphic of four separate clocks pointed to different times are reminiscent of the album cover of the Beatles legendary album "Help."

The Beatles Coming To iTunes

Cathy Black Schools Chancellor Appointment

Cathy Black Schools Chancellor Appointment - The teachers union president ripped into the mayor Sunday for naming Cathie Black schools chancellor, calling it "irresponsible" and an abuse of power.

"It's my opinion that the mayor has abused his authority under the mayoral control law," United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew told more than 200 parents gathered for workshops on how to better navigate the school system.

"This is not about Ms. Black," Mulgrew said to applause. "I do not believe that anyone thought the mayor would speak to no one, hide it, keep it a secret, not consult any educational experts and then name someone with no qualifications to be the chancellor of the New York City school system."

Mulgrew said he would not pass judgment on Black until their meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, but he did tell parents, "I would be appalled if a teacher was named the head of the Fire Department of New York City."

Mayor Bloomberg has come under increasing attack for his choice of Black, a media executive with no education experience and no connection to the public school system, after Joel Klein resigned last Tuesday.

"Under the law, the mayor appoints the chancellor," said Education Department press secretary Natalie Ravitz.

Of the critics, she added, "These are individuals who have fought almost every reform we've put in place, so this is unsurprising."

Cathy Black Schools Chancellor Appointment

Park Hye Sang Commits Suicide

Park Hye Sang Commits Suicide - The industry has been swept in shock once more after Park Hye Sang (29) was discovered dead in her home on the morning of November 12th. Her funeral was held on the 14th at Seoul Asan Hospital.

An associate of the actress met with reporters and revealed, “I believe she committed suicide.”

Netizens have been expressing their sorrows over the situation, commenting, “May she rest in peace,” and “Please go to a happier place.” Others left comments such as, “How miserable she must have been to have committed suicide,” “This is so upsetting for me as a fan,” “Such sad news while the public is celebrating a medal..,” and “I saw her name in the live search rankings and was glad, thinking she would be making a comeback, but… I can’t believe this.”

Park Hye Sang graduated Suwon Women’s University and appeared in cable channel CGV’s sitcom, “Apgujeong,” as ‘Miyoung’ in 2005. She was also the model for a variety of brands such as LG, SK, and Somang Cosmetics.

May she rest in peace.

Park Hye Sang Commits Suicide

FaceBook Email To Launch Soon

FaceBook Email To Launch Soon - Facebook will, by many media accounts, launch its own email service. The addresses for the accounts are likely to be xxxx@facebook.com. Facebook has 500 million users worldwide -- well over 100 million of them living in the U.S.

The companies that stand to lose the most if the service is popular are Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), AOL (AOL) and Yahoo! (YHOO), all of which have huge numbers of email subscribers. Some of the portal companies get a large portion of their page views, and therefore a large amount of advertising, from email accounts.

Facebook has already hurt the portals by selling ads at CPMs (cost per mille) below previously established market prices. This has tended to bring down what portals can charge in a competitive ad industry.

But Facebook's new email service has just as much chance of failing.

Email users keep the addresses of their contacts. In some cases, that may be hundreds if not thousands of email addresses. To migrate these to a new service could be considered risky by some customers, even if it is not from a technological standpoint. Many people simply do not want to take a chance on the process. Many email users may also worry that friends and business associates won't update their contacts to reflect a new email address.

Perhaps the greatest hurdle Facebook email will encounter is concerns about privacy. The social network has -- deserved or not -- gained a reputation as a website that is willing to share information about the demographics and habits of its users. Potential customers for the Facebook service may be put off by that.

FaceBook Email To Launch Soon

Tarrant County College Fined For Speech

Tarrant County College Fined For Speech - Tarrant County College (TCC) is latest example for college administrators who try to defend the unconstitutional speech code of their institutions. The aftermath is very expensive. The Texas taxpayers learned a good lesson and even hard way, about 240,000 times harder.

The speech code of Tarrant County College was found uncostitutional in March and as an aftermath the litigation was coordinated by FIRE and American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (ACLU-TX). The two worked with Fort Worth attorney to challenge the speech code. These days the vide of the story is been documented by FIRE.

There was a quick impact of the lawsuit. Only two days after the filed complaint last year in November, a temporary restraining order was issued by a federal district court judge prohibiting TCC from such speech to the students of the school.

Tarrant County College Fined For Speech