Submitted by: Goshin @ 08:25 AM | Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | (url: http://www.whiteh...)
The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury today released the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget results, which show that we are continuing to make significant progress in reducing the deficit. The final 2013 deficit was $680 billion, $409 billion less than the 2012 deficit and $293 billion less than forecast in President Obamas April Budget. As a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the deficit fell to 4.1 percent, representing a reduction of more than half from the deficit that the Administration inherited when the President took office in 2009. The deficit reduction since that point represents the fastest decline in the deficit over a sustained period since the end of World War II.
Under the President's leadership, we have already locked in more than $2.5 trillion of deficit reduction over the next decade, through a combination of spending cuts and revenue increases from asking the wealthiest to pay their share.
The significant decrease in the deficit from last year was due to a combination of higher receipts and lower outlays in 2013, which can be attributed to a variety of factors, including a stronger economy, the expiration of certain tax cuts for high income Americans, and spending reductions like those achieved from the troop drawdown in Afghanistan as proposed in the Presidents Budget
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:24 PM | Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | (url: http://www.bbc.co...)
The research by America's Morgan Stanley financial services giant says demand for wine "exceeded supply by 300m cases in 2012".
It describes this as "the deepest shortfall in over 40 years of records".
Last year, production also dropped to its lowest levels in more than four decades.
And as consumption then inevitably turns to the 2012 vintage, the authors say they "expect the current production shortfall to culminate in a significant increase in export demand, and higher prices for exports globally".
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:42 PM | Thursday, October 17, 2013 | (url: http://www.thever...)
seems cool, but we wont get one anytime soon. that shit has to operate at near absolute zero temps
Beyond the film, Google says it's made great leaps in recent experiments with the quantum chips, determining which algorithms work better in a quantum setup and providing further evidence that the D-Wave processor uses quantum entanglement, a behavior that links particles with no apparent physical connection between them. D-Wave has always claimed that its chips involved entanglement, but it had been difficult to conclusively demonstrate before now.
The first practical application has been on Google Glass, as engineers put the quantum chips to work on Glass's blink detector, helping it to better distinguish between intentional winks and involuntary blinks. For engineering reasons, the quantum processor can never be installed in Glass, but together with Google's conventional server centers, it can point the way to a better blink-detecting algorithm. That would allow the Glass processor to detect blinks with better accuracy and using significantly less power. If successful, it could be an important breakthrough for wink-triggered apps, which have struggled with the task so far.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 03:27 PM | Monday, October 14, 2013 | (url: http://www.youtub...)
Basically they passed a resolution for the house that only allows the leader of the house majority party and some of his buddies able to open a discussion on reopening the government
this congressman then calls them on it
meanwhile america dies a little bit more
Submitted by: ZooL @ 10:08 AM | Saturday, October 5, 2013 | (url: http://townhall.c...)
Among the bills sent to Brown last month is one that would outlaw an entire class of weapons that includes most assault rifles. It is the latest and most far-reaching attempt to close loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to circumvent previous assault weapon bans enacted in the state since the 1990s.
The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action wrote in a post on its website that the bill is unconstitutional and "would make unprecedented changes to Californias already unjust and byzantine 'assault weapon' law."
Under current California law, assault weapons can only be used for limited purposes and owners are prohibited from transferring them to anyone in the state. The bill would change the definition of an assault weapon to include any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine or a fixed magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, according to the group's statement.
Submitted by: ZooL @ 08:24 PM | Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | (url: http://tenthamend...)
Liberty Preservation Act: Nullify Indefinite Detention
Calif. achieved a tremendous victory yesterday when a coalition of grassroots efforts managed to persuade Gov. Jerry Brown to sign into law the California Liberty Preservation Act, also known as AB-351 and Habeas Corpus.
AB-351, which was first introduced by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in Feb., rejects the unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), also known as indefinite detention, declaring the federal law null and void throughout the state. It also bans all cooperation with the NDAA and any other attempts by the feds to indefinitely detain Calif. citizens.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:52 PM | Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | (url: http://www.slate....)
The word clouds allowed the researchers to generate new insights into relationships between traits and language used. For example, participants with the most emotional stability refer to sports much more. Researcher Lyle Ungar said this suggests "we should explore the possibility that neurotic individuals would become more emotionally stable if they played more sports. In this way, the results provide new ways of researching connections between traits, behaviors, and the effectiveness of psychological interventions.
men vs women
age highschool vs college vs young adult vs OLD PEOPLE
Submitted by: ZooL @ 03:33 PM | Sunday, September 29, 2013 | (url: http://www.wnd.co...)
JERUSALEM An adviser to the Department of Homeland Security has used his Twitter profile to defend the Muslim Brotherhood while accusing Egypts persecuted Christian minority of inciting against Islam.
Earlier this month, Mohamed Elibiary, who was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council by then-secretary Janet Napolitano in 2010, tweeted that he was reappointed and even promoted.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/dhs-adviser-to-persecuted-christians-you-incited-muslims/#2IWBrAmIuXiafq7c.99
The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported Elibiarys tweets about Egypts Coptic Christians.
For decade since 9/11 attack extremist American #Coptic activists have nurtured anti #Islam & anti #Muslim sentiments among AM RT wing, Elibiary wrote.
Earlier, Elibiary attacked the U.S. Coptic community for its protests against a wave of Muslim attacks on their relatives in Egypt.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/dhs-adviser-to-persecuted-christians-you-incited-muslims/#2IWBrAmIuXiafq7c.99
Submitted by: ZooL @ 05:53 PM | Monday, September 16, 2013 | (url: http://www.foxnew...)
Militants in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula struck a police bus with a roadside bomb on Monday, wounding nine people and killing with a gunshot to the head a young conscript who had survived the blast, security officials said.
The 21-year-old had jumped from the moving bus after the explosion and was likely kidnapped by militants who shot him and dumped his body on the side of the road, they said. One of the wounded in the bus attack was a civilian, the rest were conscripts.
The blast on the outskirts of el-Arish, northern Sinai's provincial capital, came amid a counterinsurgency operation by Egypt's military and police in the volatile desert region.
The bus had carrying conscripts from the border town of Rafah, near the Palestinian Gaza Strip, to el-Arish and was escorted by an armored police car. The bomb was set off by remote control, said the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
The attack comes as Egypt's military presses its largest offensive in years against militants in Sinai in response to attacks the army says have killed more than 100 policemen and soldiers since the July coup that ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from power. The deadliest attack took place Aug. 19 when unidentified gunmen pulled 25 police conscripts off minibuses and shot them dead on the side of the main road linking Rafah to el-Arish.
While the military says it is only targeting militant hideouts in northern Sinai, security officials have not commented about alleged civilian deaths in the latest offensive. Few journalists have direct access to what is happening in Sinai because of security restrictions and concerns, forcing many to rely on statements by officials.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:59 PM | Friday, September 13, 2013 | (url: http://www.forbes...)
Really interesting read and info graph
where the jobs are heading
how is the pop aging and where is it moving to
check it out
Submitted by: ZooL @ 10:14 AM | Sunday, September 8, 2013 | (url: http://hosted.ap....)
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Rebels including al-Qaida-linked fighters gained control of a Christian village northeast of the capital Damascus, Syrian activists said Sunday. Government media provided a dramatically different account of the battle suggesting regime forces were winning.
It was impossible to independently verify the reports from Maaloula, a scenic mountain community known for being one of the few places in the world where residents still speak the ancient Middle Eastern language of Aramaic. The village is on a UNESCO list of tentative world heritage sites.
The rebel advance into the area this week was spearheaded by Jabhat al-Nusra, or the Nusra Front, exacerbating fears among Syrians and religious minorities about the role played by Islamic extremists within the rebel ranks.
It was not immediately clear why the army couldn't sufficiently reinforce its troops to prevent the rebel advance in the area some 45 kilometers (25 miles) from Damascus. Some activists say that Assad's forces are stretched thin, fighting in other areas in the north and south of the country.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdul-Rahman, said Jabhat al-Nusra backed by another group, the Qalamon Liberation Front, moved into the village after heavy clashes with the army late Saturday. He said around 1,500 rebels are inside the town.
"The army pulled back to the outskirts of the village and both (rebel groups) are in total control of Maaloula now," Abdul-Rahman said.
A Maaloula resident said the rebels, many of them sporting beards and shouting God is great, attacked Christian homes and churches shortly after moving into the village overnight.
"They shot and killed people. I heard gunshots and then I saw three bodies lying in the middle of a street in the old quarters of the village," said the resident, reached by telephone from neighboring Jordan. "So many people fled the village for safety."
Submitted by: BEAST420 @ 06:57 AM | Thursday, August 29, 2013 | (url: https://forums.st...)
Today we announced a reduction in our workforce at SOE. As a company, our goal is to focus on our core expertise of MMO games and as part of these efforts, we had to make the difficult decision to eliminate positions to help reduce costs, streamline our employee base and strategically align resources towards our current portfolio of games and upcoming slate of MMOs, including EverQuest Next Landmark and EverQuest Next. We deeply value our employees and are grateful for all theyve contributed to our company and games. They will be missed by colleagues and friends, and we wish them well in the future.
Out of respect for our employees, we request that you do not discuss personnel matters on our forums. Thank you for your understanding.
Submitted by: ZooL @ 08:25 PM | Sunday, August 25, 2013 | (url: http://news.msn.c...)
Colin Powell calls Zimmerman verdict 'questionable'
The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and first black secretary of state was speaking Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."
WASHINGTON Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the jury verdict that freed George Zimmerman, the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, was "questionable." But he isn't sure it will have staying power in the public consciousness.
Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," Powell said cases such as Martin's "blaze across the midnight sky" and are forgotten.
The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and first black secretary of state, Powell says the United States has come a long way toward racial equality 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Powell recalled being refused service when trying to buy a hamburger before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Minorities have many more opportunities today, but Powell says King would still demand work on education, housing and economic opportunities.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 10:30 AM | Sunday, August 25, 2013 | (url: http://www.ft.com...)
Key architects of the internet have started to fight back against US and UK snooping programmes by drawing up an ambitious plan to defend traffic over the world wide web against mass surveillance.
The Internet Engineering Task Force, a body that develops internet standards, has proposed a system in which all communication between websites and browsers would be shielded by encryption.
But at its conference in Berlin this month, IETF members reached nearly unanimous consensus on the need to build encryption into the heart of the web, said Mark Nottingham, a developer who chairs the IETF working group on HTTP, a data access protocol that underpins the web. There are a lot of people who want this to happen, he said.
Mr Nottingham cautioned that it was very early days and said the proposal would need to undergo extensive discussion within the broad web community before it could be implemented. Exactly how the plan would work has yet to be decided.
But at present the idea is to mandate the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS), a cryptographic protocol, in the next version of HTTP, which is planned for 2014.
It would then be up to companies behind web browsers and web servers to put the new standards into practice.
Google and Twitter are among several big companies that have long called for more encryption of web traffic. Chrome, Googles popular web browser, already allows people to encrypt their activity when browsing any of the companys websites.
However, security experts said that while TLS encryption would make surveillance more difficult, it was far from foolproof.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:26 AM | Saturday, August 24, 2013 | (url: http://slumberwis...)
Although history shows that two sleeping was common, and science indicates that it is (in some conditions) natural, there is no indication that it is better. Two sleeps may leave you feeling more rested, but this could simply be because you are intentionally giving yourself more time to rest, relax, and sleep. Giving the same respect to the single, eight-hour sleep should be just as effective.
since we know you nerds wont do that:
An English doctor wrote, for example, that the ideal time for study and contemplation was between first sleep and second sleep. Chaucer tells of a character in the Canterbury Tales that goes to bed following her firste sleep. And, explaining the reason why working class conceived more children, a doctor from the 1500s reported that they typically had sex after their first sleep.
Ekirchs book At Days Close: Night in Times Past is replete with such examples.
But just what did people do with these extra twilight hours? Pretty much what you might expect.
Most stayed in their beds and bedrooms, sometimes reading, and often they would use the time to pray. Religious manuals included special prayers to be said in the mid-sleep hours.
Others might smoke, talk with co-sleepers, or have sex. Some were more active and would leave to visit with neighbours.
As we know, this practice eventually died out. Ekirch attributes the change to the advent of street lighting and eventually electric indoor light, as well as the popularity of coffee houses. Author Craig Koslofsky offers a further theory in his book Evenings Empire. With the rise of more street lighting, night stopped being the domain of criminals and sub-classes and became a time for work or socializing. Two sleeps were eventually considered a wasteful way to spend these hours.
sounds good man