Archive for November, 2012
Originally posted on The "Great" One's Blog:
By all indications, 2012 may be just as bad (in terms of the economy) if not worse than 2011. Certainly, the outlook is not particularly optimistic – at least not in the United States. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
SYDNEY (AP) — Glittering fireworks in the shapes of butterflies, hearts and a cascading waterfall exploded over Sydney’s Harbour Bridge on Sunday as cheering revelers welcomed 2012 and bid a weary adieu to a year marred by natural disasters and economic turmoil.
More than 1.5 million people crowded onto yachts and along the shores of the city’s harbor to watch the shimmering pyrotechnic display designed around the theme “Time to Dream” — a nod to the eagerness many felt in moving forward after the rough year.
“It’s about giving people the opportunity to dream of the year ahead and that hopefully it…
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Originally posted on Beyond Highbrow - Robert Lindsay:
Our choice is socialism or barbarism.
– Rosa Luxembourg
Those words are as true today as when she said them in 1918.
By the way, Luxembourg was one of the Jewish leaders of the German Communist and socialist movement which coalesced in the short lived Bavarian Socialist Republic in 1920. The movement was quickly defeated, hundreds were killed, and there was much chaos.
The German people, especially the middle classes, did not think much of the German Left. It’s true that many of the leaders of the movement were Jewish. It’s never pretty for defeated movements and it’s never easy being a minority.
Those two truths coalesced as German Nazism grew out of the German middle classes’ and ruling classes rage at the rebellion of the German Left and their fear of the nascent Bolshevik movement in the USSR, which originally was also pretty heavily Jewish in its higher echelons.
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Originally posted on Matisak's Blog (A Stamp on the World):
According to media report Russian spy ring of 10 people including Anna Chapman was getting close enough to a sitting US cabinet member and FBI feared that Chapman would compromise a senior US official in a honey trap. Should the official (he or she) be named?
ABCnews reports: A female Russian agent got “close enough” to a sitting U.S. cabinet member that the FBI felt they had to swoop in and arrest the lot — but it wasn’t the famous femme fatale Anna Chapman, federal officials said today.
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Originally posted on News that matters:
Absentia trial of four top IDF officers draws hundreds who chant ‘Death to Israel,’ wield Palestinian flags.
A Turkish court on Tuesday opened a trial in absentia of four former Israeli military commanders in the killing of nine people aboard a Turkish ship that tried to break the Gaza blockade.
Prosecutors have demanded life in prison for several officers in command at the time of the 2010 Israeli raid, but it appears unlikely that any sentence could be carried out.
Hundreds of people gathered outside an Istanbul criminal court that planned to hear testimony from passengers who were on the Gaza-bound ship at the time of the Israeli raid.
Gathered were also relatives of those who were killed.
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Originally posted on TechCrunch:
The petition, which you can read (and if you’re so inclined, sign) here, is titled: “Chicago BACP: Don’t Kill Uber! Remove the No Measured Rates Provision.” The problems, according to both the petition and earlier statements from the company, lie in sections that prohibit limo companies from using electronic measurement devices and the use of time- or distance-based charges. Uber’s argument: Limo companies in Chicago already charge this way, they’re just doing it with less precision. So the petition is asking for Chicago regulators to drop the rules.
Allen Penn, the general manager of Uber Chicago, told me that the petition launched yesterday, and thus far, the company has focused on promoting the petition to…
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Originally posted on Gigaom:
Last month when I stopped by for the launch of Microsoft (s MSFT) Windows Phone (8) event in San Francisco, of all the things that impressed me about the platform was the seamless integration of Skype into the operating system. It was almost invisible and you had to try hard to see if Skype was really there. Microsoft Surface, too offers that seamless Skype experience. And today Microsoft announced that it is going to scrap its Windows Live Messenger (WLM) product and instead transition about 100 million of these WLM users to Skype. All these folks will have to do is just download the new Skype 6.0 client and log-in using their WLM credentials. That is a nice way to goose up Skype’s overall base of users – 280 million by about a third, at the very least.
From the perspective of the proverbial M&A handbook, this is actually what…
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