Monday, April 30, 2012

Microsoft Enters E-reader Market... Invests in Barnes & Noble Nook's business/college book market; Microsoft is including Nook in Windows 8!

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Microsoft Enters E-reader Market... Invests in Barnes & Noble Nook's business/college book market; Microsoft is including Nook in Windows 8!

'Microsoft Corp. MSFT +0.08% is making a $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble Inc.'s BKS +62.65% Nook digital-book business and college-texts unit [...].

Microsoft will have a 17.6% stake in a new subsidiary [...]

As part of the move, there will be a Nook application included in the new Windows 8, which is scheduled to have a release preview in early June.'

Source: Wall Street Journal | 'Microsoft to Invest in Barnes & Noble's Nook' by GINA CHON And SHIRA OVIDE at Updated April 30, 2012, 7:13 a.m. ET

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303916904577375502392129654.html?mod=wsj_share_goog
Microsoft to Invest in Barnes & Noble's Nook »
Microsoft is investing $300 million in Barnes & Noble's Nook digital-book business and college-texts unit in a move that helps value the Nook business.

Pirate Bay is to be Blocked in Britain!

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Pirate Bay is to be Blocked in Britain! The British High Court rules that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) must block the site.

'File-sharing site The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK internet service providers, the High Court has ruled.

The Swedish website hosts links to download mostly-pirated free music and video.

Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media must all prevent their users from accessing the site.
"Sites like The Pirate Bay destroy jobs in the UK and undermine investment in new British artists," the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said.'

Source:

BBC World News | 'The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules' by BBC Staff at 30 April 2012 Last updated at 14:37 GMT

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-17894176
UK ISPs must block The Pirate Bay »
Five major UK internet service providers are ordered by the High Court to prevent users from accessing popular file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Kathleen Sebelius and the missing memo...

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Barack Obama's HHS secretary essentially admitting to misrepresenting the USA Constitution in saying they were seeking 'balance' Interesting, and as a law student, I think shocking on the behalf of Kathleen Sebelius, who should have researched law to implement it, it does enlighten a bit, the case law being noted 2012 04-26 Gowdy questions Sebelius about Mandate.wmv

p.s. the man isn't Kathleen, that's a Mr Gowdy interviewing her... ;)!~

ht to +Brian Hanifan


#ToastSA Happy Birthday South Africa | Toast SA / Freedom Day

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Marc Aupiais

10:34  -  Public
Happy Birthday South Africa | Toast SA Today is Freedom Day: April 27th 1994 18 years ago, South Africa celebrated it's first post-Apartheid Election.#ToastSA

Flag Source: Wikipedia


Google Translate boasts 64 languages and 200M users

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Marc Aupiais

10:15  -  Public
'Google Translate boasts 64 languages and 200M users
The Web giant's translation service is deciphering more words in one day than all human translators produce in a year.'

CNET | 'Google Translate boasts 64 languages and 200M users' by Dara Kerr at April 26, 2012 5:49 PM PDT

'Och said he believes that the majority of Google Translate users access the service while traveling. According to the company's stats, mobile traffic has quadrupled during the past couple of years and 92 percent of traffic comes from outside the U.S.


Google Translate is available for texting on mobile phones, in Chrome's browser for any Web page, YouTube video captions, and speech-to-speech "conversation mode" on smartphones.
However, this doesn't mean that translation machines will replace humans. "Of course, for nuanced or mission-critical translations, nothing beats a human translator," Och affirms, "and we believe that as machine translation encourages people to speak their own languages more and carry on more global conversations, translation experts will be more crucial than ever."'


http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57422613-93/google-translate-boasts-64-languages-and-200m-users/

Spy Hunter: Vatican Edition

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Spy Hunter: Vatican Edition 'Vatican Leaks' yups;)!~ (that's where both sides are probably aged... and the evil Italian media are the Russians, still cool anyway, and the leaks were kinda lame, so I'm on Pappa Benni's side here;)!~)
Commission of cardinals already working to investigate document leaks

White Hat, Pope Benedict XVI, Appoints three red hats (Retired Cardinals: Julian Herranz, Josef Tomko, Salvatore De Giorgi ) to hunt the Black hat, that is: the spy, who is leaking documents to the press;)!~

romereports.com | 'Commission of cardinals already working to investigate document leaks' by staff at April 26, 2012 CET

http://www.romereports.com/palio/already-working-commission-of-cardinals-to-investigate-the-leaking-of-documents-english-6624.html

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Today is Earth Day #EarthDay In honour of that, I shall note how Earth Loving Warming People can convince their governments to End Global Warming

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Today is Earth Day #EarthDay In honour of that, I shall note how Earth Loving Warming People can convince their governments to End Global Warming

Stop these embarrassing truths being unanswered, and build a SCIENTIFIC case... tends to work better than flooding media outlets!



Problems with the science, or rather... the scientists, who didn't take their job seriously enough:

Daily Mail| 'Himalayan scare from melting ice' by DINESH C SHARMA at 01:27 GMT, 22 April 2012

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/article-2133382/Himalayan-scare-melting-ice.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

The Guardian | 'What does the Himalaya glacier study mean for climate change? Live Q&A' by Environment editor at 9 February 2012 12.09 GMT

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/09/glaciers-himalayas-climate-change-live-qanda



Fox News | 'Climate Change Scientists Admit Dumping Data' by Sunday Times at November 30, 2009 USA Time

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,577746,00.html?test=latestnews


Daily Mail | 'Forget global warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again)
Met Office releases new figures which show no warming in 15 years ' by DAVID ROSE at 05:38 GMT, 29 January 2012

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2093264/Forget-global-warming--Cycle-25-need-worry-NASA-scientists-right-Thames-freezing-again.html

The Telegraph | 'John Beddington: chief scientist says climate change sceptics 'should not be dismissed'' by Andrew Hough at 7:30 AM GMT 27 Jan 2010

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/7081039/John-Beddington-chief-scientist-says-climate-change-sceptics-should-not-be-dismissed.html
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John Beddington: chief scientist says climate change sceptics 'should not be dismissed' - Telegraph »
Climate change sceptics should not be dismissed, the Government's chief scientific adviser has said, as he called for more openness in the global warming debate.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pope is Struggling

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Pope is Struggling 85 year old asked prayers for his continued service; first pope to state he would resign if no longer able to serve his duties

Vatican Press office:

"THE POPE ASKS FOR PRAYERS TO HELP HIM CONTINUE TO SERVE THE CHURCH
Vatican City, 18 April 2012 (VIS) - After greeting the pilgrims attending his general audience this morning, who had come from many different countries including South Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Lithuania and Peru, the Holy Father expressed his thanks for the congratulations he has received over recent days. "I would like to express my gratitude for the good wishes you have been sending me for the seventh anniversary of my election", he said. "I ask you to support me always with your prayers so that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I may continue my service to Christ and the Church"."

SSPX return rumours addressed by Vatican


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Marc Aupiais15:01  -  Public
SSPX return rumours addressed by Vatican The group which refused to accept Vatican II, including teachings on acceptance of other religions, may have taken back their previous stance

There have been speculative blogs by many people on this matter. An acquaintance in high school cut himself off from the world to join an SSPX monastery, so I really hope the group have forsaken their previous stance. The SSPX, or many of their members and sympathists believed that the Catholic Church had gone astray, inclusive within this was their general rejecting of the Vatican's stance that humanity and not the Jews were responsible for Jesus' Death. The current leader, has already stood out as seemingly opposed to those in his group who are antisemitic, hopefully he can lead them back from their less than ordinary ideas about the world.

The group has gained some empathy from Catholics who miss the aesthetics of the old Latin Mass, some of whom attend their services for love of the dead language, still the official language of the Church.

The papacy has yet to accept whatever statement the controversial group have made. Benedict XVI is hopefully smart enough to make the right choice, firstly for the mission of the church, and the people and image of the church and for the sake of the world. Secondly, that he makes the right decision, in relation to the group itself. One hopes the Vatican won't make a mistep, whether they accept or else reject the reply of the controversial group. When negotiations saw the excommunication of their leaders set aside, the Vatican had made a mistake, given one of the controversial SSPX group's Bishops /leaders had denied the holocaust had happened in World War II.

Vatican Press Release:

"COMMUNIQUE FROM THE PONTIFICAL COMMISSION "ECCLESIA DEI"

Vatican City, 18 April 2012 (VIS) - The Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", today released the following communique:
"On 17 April, as requested during the 16 March meeting held at the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Commission received the response of Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X. The text of the response will be examined by the dicastery then submitted to the Holy Father for his judgement"."

Sarah Palin does in fact want Americans to get oil and natural gas... from America

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Sarah Palin does in fact want Americans to get oil and natural gas... from America
I don't agree with everything Miss Alaska says, but this might just seem to be that ingenious idea (well by Obama standards... ingenious) Barack Obama missed, and if implemented fast enough... may save Iran... then Saudi Arabia!LOLS! And possibly... America, though the point is now on saving Iran, I think;)!~

Your views, my e-friends?

SARAH PALIN OFFICIAL FACEBOOK ACCOUNT | 'Dear America, Our Orwellian President Fails on Energy' by the one, maybe the only: Sarah Palin ( I think she'd shoot anyone who stole her name ) at Wednesday, 18 April 2012 at 03:23 · SAST

https://www.facebook.com/notes/sarah-palin/dear-america-our-orwellian-president-fails-on-energy/10150685346038435

'Those who are concerned about the environment and our dangerous dependence on foreign oil should encourage the development of natural gas as a clean and plentiful bridge-fuel to a more renewable future. We have enough clean, green natural gas in America to be energy independent for many decades—whether we use it for natural gas cars or natural gas power plants. We also need to look at our oil refining capacity and our regulations there. We must cut the job-killing, anti-domestic energy regulations of Obama’s EPA and IRS which create such burdens and uncertainty. Finally, Eric pointed out that we must do something about the Wall Street speculators. I know this is a touchy issue, but Eric’s points are valid. Obama’s Federal Trade Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission appear to have no teeth in dealing with this because they haven’t cracked down on the president’s friends on Wall Street who are creating unnecessary oil market volatility. Eric suggested that we could reduce the problem of speculation by raising energy margin requirements.

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Because his cap and trade legislation got sidelined, Obama is now using his EPA to accomplish the same destructive goals by imposing draconian regulations aimed at crippling the coal industry. According to the Associated Press, Obama’s EPA will soon “force 32 mostly coal-fired power plants to shut down and threatens to close 36 others” and will eventually remove from our power grid enough electricity to power 11 million households. Just ask Californians how much fun “rolling blackouts” are. I suppose we can look forward to more romantic candle-lit evenings ahead as America moves backward with less energy, which must be more of Obama’s “leading from behind” strategy. I hope the folks up North have a hearty wood supply for their fireplace warmth, and that those in the Southwest don’t mind sweltering in the summer heat. Air conditioning takes up an awful lot of electricity; and in Obama’s America, energy will be scarce. As Mark Levin has pointed out numerous times, Obama’s policies will ultimately de-industrialize America.

But we don’t have to look to the future to feel the pain of Obama’s energy policies. Look at our current gas prices. The Obama administration is locking up federal lands to drilling. The EIA reports that production and sale of fossil fuels on federal lands dropped by 6% last year under Obama. Other studies show a 12% decline. When you hear the president boast of all the “new” drilling going on, he’s talking about production on private and state land that was in the works long ago and is not under his control. He doesn’t tell you how his administration has done everything in its power to strangle resource development with regulatory red tape and foot dragging on the permitting and leasing process. We hear his endless claims that we only have “2% of the world’s oil”—sometimes he adds “reserves” to that—but know that the White House is playing games with semantics. The Obama administration is using a subset of “proved oil reserves” to make it sound like America is energy poor! They’re deliberately distorting the true picture of our massive recoverable oil resources—most of which is on federal land that the government has locked up to responsible development. In short, the president is deceiving the public. As I’ve said before, the energy production “facts” and numbers President Obama repeats are skewed, deceptive and downright Orwellian.

Ironically, President Obama likes to remind us that global factors outside of our control affect the price of oil, but he never seems to make the connection that this is precisely why we should increase our domestic supply of oil by drilling here where environmental and worker safety standards are stricter than any foreign country from which we purchase oil, and that our increased domestic supply would put downward pressure on the price of oil. If Obama doesn’t think increasing the supply on the market affects the price at the pump, then why did he ask the Saudis to increase their production? And Brazil? Why did he open our Strategic Reserves last year to lower prices at the pump? Common sense tells you that, of course, increasing the supply of something has an affect on the price.

President Obama refuses to acknowledge this obvious truth because he doesn’t want to do what needs to be done. He isn’t interested in drilling, fracking or mining for the resources we actually use to power our economy. His idea of an energy plan amounts to dumping more of our tax dollars into the bankrupt green energy companies that his campaign donors invested in. It’s crony capitalism on steroids. He’s also in favor of “investing” your tax dollars into algae because he believes pond scum is the wave of the future. He also tells you to deal with gas prices by merely inflating your tires; getting a tune up; and, despite your work needs or the size of your family, ditch your larger vehicle for one he deems acceptably small. But what about the $4 per gallon gas prices that are devastating the budgets of American families, crippling our small businesses, and increasing the transportation costs of all goods shipped in America and thereby increasing the prices of everything we buy? Barack Obama’s answer to your pain is basically, “give me some flexibility here…” because “change isn’t easy.” Well, actually it is. It starts with getting rid of this energy illiterate administration.

Today, on Tax Day, our big, wasteful, and largely useless centralized government is taking hard-earned money from 85 million Americans.
The Republican Study Committee reports: “According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, the country will work 107 days this year just to pay for federal, state, and local taxes. By their calculations, a larger share of Americans’ income will go to taxes than food, clothing & housing combined!”'

Starbucks CEO: I don't drink Starbucks, the best coffee is made at home

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Starbucks CEO: I don't drink Starbucks, the best coffee is made at home
Explains a lot; Also, MSN advises not buying Starbucks stocks at the moment!

#NOM (no, it's not about food), launched a Dump Starbucks campaign recently after it (Starbucks, not #NOM ) got involved in politics, when it (Starbucks, not#NOM ) had claimed to its non-American customers that it did no such thing.

According to the Dumpers in this relationship, that is: #NOM , Starbucks calls their employees partners, and has endorsed lifelong same sex partnerships, even demanding they be written into law. #NOM says Starbucks coffee is gay, and therefore should be dumped...

Gay, in modern American slang means pathetic... the exact opposite of that being what the word meant a few decades before, when it meant invigoratingly happy. Unfortunately Starbucks associating its coffee with gayness, is not the reason for the change in the word meaning.

It's been an unhappy bitter move, for Starbucks, in associating their coffee with the word gay, as they missed the generation gap, and are not up and about with the hippitihop lingo of this century. They also neglected to endorse polygamy... despite having more Partners than Jacob Zuma.

In their latest marketing blunder, the Starbucks CEo says that the best coffee is not only French but home brewed...

So be certain to um... dump Starbucks, not just because they (Starbucks, not similarly named Dump Starbucks) are more polygamous than a Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints church member on steroids, but because they (Starbucks and their CEO) say it's better for you... they don't need you and you don't need them ;)!~

And when you are deliciousnessing on your home made brew...

Say #NOM (referring to the food, not the conservatives, who have recently become interested in food... well burnt coffee anyway)

Daily Mail | 'Not exactly the best advert: CEO of Starbucks says 'best cup of coffee known to mankind' is made at home with a simple French press' by JILL REILLY at PUBLISHED: 14:07 GMT, 16 April 2012 | UPDATED: 07:49 GMT, 17 April 2012 UK Time

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130468/CEO-Starbucks-says-best-cup-coffee-known-mankind-home-simple-French-press.html#ixzz1sNxKUuxg

'The chairman and CEO of Starbucks, has controversially admitted that the best way to make a cup of coffee - is not his brand's way.
Howard Schultz says he uses a Bodum French press - a coffee presser brand - which results in 'the best cup of coffee known to mankind.'
This means if Mr Schultz uses a 1lb bag of Starbucks coffee beans, it works out roughly 46 cents, compared to the $2.01 coffee drinkers in Manhattan pay for a small americano in store.
In an interview with Business Week, Mr Schultz explains that the French press brings out 'oils, flavor and essence of blends.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130468/CEO-Starbucks-says-best-cup-coffee-known-mankind-home-simple-French-press.html#ixzz1sNyCmwJc'

And why Starbucks investors may want to #DumpStarbucks for business reasons:

MSN Money | 'Is trouble brewing for Starbucks?
It won't take much for this highflying stock's price to cool off.' by InvestorPlace at 12:50 PM USA time

http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post.aspx?post=76d036ce-fbe4-421c-882b-762472aacb89

'There are four reasons to make a bearish argument on SBUX right now:

First, I have some concerns about recent insider selling. Five company insiders -- CEO Howard Schultz, officer Paula Boggs, officer Clifford Burrows, director Mellody L. Hobson, and officer Troy Alstead -- have been recent heavy sellers on the open market in the $51 to $53 range. Schultz alone has sold more than $74 million worth of stock since March 13. The stock price is now about 15% higher than where these execs sold. If multiple insiders are nervous at these levels, shouldn't investors be as well?

Second, the technical indicators are overbought -- with a relative strength index (RSI) of around 70 (accounting for Monday's sell-off) and a stochastic of around 90. While overbought does not mean done, it does mean that investors who are long need to tighten their stops and those who are contemplating a purchase should consider waiting for a better opportunity.

Third, Starbucks has decided to expand its core business by taking on Green Mountain with single-serving coffee makers and Jamba Juice (JMBA 0.00%) with a new juice line. When a company begins to deviate from its main product line, it's taking on a greater risk. What happens if consumers don't like the coffee makers or the juice?

Fourth, right now, the price-earnings multiple of SBUX is about 36. While some companies can survive a high P/E for a while, it's not the best time to be chasing a stock.

Then there are the unknowns, such as high gasoline prices and a possible recession in Europe. While markets can climb a wall of worry, I don't want to own a company that sells a nonessential product while consumers figure out how to fill up their cars without busting their budgets.
So for me, Starbucks is a stock to admire -- but definitely not one to own at current levels. It wouldn't surprise me to see it go a little higher, and there are options plays to set up for a possible fall. However, for the moment, rather than assume SBUX can keep climbing, I'd rather sit back with a nice cup of coffee and peer through my charts for a better opportunity.'
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Howard Schultz says he uses a Bodum French press - a coffee presser brand - which results in 'the best cup of coffee known to mankind.'

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Poll: British believe Human Rights are bad for you ...

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British believe Human Rights are bad for you  Daily Mail reports on the fact, a recent British YouGov Poll found that British people believed Human Rights were a leverage tool for criminals and the "undeserving" of them

Public Policy Institute, Turtle Bay and Beyond, thinks that this is a result, of the politicization of Human Rights.

One good example is the war in Libya where American and French troops pushed for alleged Human Rights, while the Rebel regime were more interested in killing Black people than Freedom, a fact well documented on the ground, and even reported by America's New York Times | 'Libyans Turn Wrath on Dark-Skinned Migrants' by DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK at September 4, 2011 New York Time http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/world/africa/05migrants.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

Here is the Turtle Bay commentary

Turtle Bay and Beyond | 'POLL: HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS A LICENSE FOR CRIMINALS' by Wendy Wright at April 17, 2012 USA Time 

http://www.turtlebayandbeyond.org/2012/abortion/poll-human-rights-laws-a-license-for-criminals/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

'The Daily Mail reports on a new poll finding an astonishing 72% of Britons agree with the statement “human rights have become a charter for criminals and the undeserving.”
It takes a heap of bad publicity to get this kind of strong public rejection. In this case, it is well-deserved.
Britons have seen their country become a haven for alleged terrorists who fight extradition by appealing to the European Court of Human Rights.
In addition to siding with terrorists over innocents, the European Court of Human Rights has trivialized its mission by seriously entertaining a lawsuit by an irate passenger over a bus seat that did not fully recline. (I wrote on this in The Trivialization of Human Rights.)
But this widespread public reaction signifies an understanding that goes beyond a few cases or one court. It shows that elitists who have taken over the human rights regime – from Amnesty International to international bureaucrats – have overplayed their hand.Originally a noble cause, human rights is too often used now as a cloak to challenge norms, undercut the rule of law and impose the opinions of self-styled superiors upon the less entitled.'

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Obama's Staff Prostitution Fiasco in South America undermines American interests



Marc Aupiais09:17  -  Public
Obama Secret Service caught with their pants down? Prostitution scandal involving 11 of America's Best in Colombian Hotel, as Obama tries to convince Latin Americans to view American power in a better light

Reuters | 'A prostitution scandal involving U.S. security personnel in Colombia and an unprecedented regional push to end the isolation of Cuba threatened on Saturday to eclipse President Barack Obama's charm offensive to Latin America.' by Andrew Cawthorne and Brian Ellsworth at CARTAGENA, Colombia | Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:28pm EDT

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/15/us-americas-summit-idUSBRE83D0E220120415

'In a major embarrassment for Washington at the Summit of the Americas attended by more than 30 heads of state, 11 U.S. Secret Service agents were sent home and five military servicemen grounded over "misconduct" allegations in a hotel.
Prostitutes were taken to the hotel, according to a Colombian police source.'

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CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - A prostitution scandal involving U.S. security personnel in Colombia and an unprecedented regional push to end the isolation of Cuba threatened on Saturday to eclipse P...

Egypt authorities ban three top, contrasting front-runners from running in the election

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Marc Aupiais09:07  -  Public
Egyptian Authorities, decide three leading candidates shall not run... for the election, not the Comrades' Marathon
Understandably the decision by electoral authorities to ban the most emotive, and contrasting candidates has some worried

A possible reason for the move might be to insure a more moderate government arises in the Egyptian military controlled 'democracy' of sorts!

New York Times | 'Authorities Bar 3 Leading Candidates in Egypt Race' by DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK at Published: April 14, 2012 New York Time

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/world/middleeast/ten-candidates-barred-from-egyptian-election.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

'The High Election Commission struck down 10 candidates in all, including the three who have generated the most passion in this polarized nation: Khairat el-Shater, the leading strategist of the Muslim Brotherhood; Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, an ultraconservative Islamist; and Omar Suleiman, Mr. Mubarak’s former vice president and intelligence chief.
A little more than a month before the vote begins, the ruling raised new doubts about the credibility of the election, which is supposed to inaugurate a new democracy after decades of authoritarian rule. It capped a year of opaque decisions behind closed doors, shifting ground rules and timetables, conspiracy theories about who holds true power, turbulence in the streets and growing political polarization during the military-led transition after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.'
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Egyptian election authorities eliminated the three presidential candidates in an unexpected decision that threw the contest into disarray once again.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

America follows South Africa, in spying on citizens with new bill

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In a bill reminiscent of RICA, which causes internet and telephone companies to record and keep all communications over them for access by the government, the American government has followed suite. Read more on CNET


Marc Aupiais07:25  -  Public
Share and share alike Just not with the government! ;)!~
Violet Blue originally shared this post:
Facebook has defended its support of this bill, its authors have tried to influence tech journalists on how to describe it to you, and its author has called for the execution of Bradley Manning (underscoring its intent toward sites that cooperate with Wikileaks).

Are we tired of them trying to mess with the internet yet?
Say 'hello' to CISPA, it will remind you of SOPA »
commentary The latest bill that would give law enforcement new powers over the Internet bears a striking resemblance to the last bill that did that. And the one before that, says commentator Vi...

Friday, April 13, 2012

Una Voce Cape Town! for Latin Mass lovers!

Una Voce Cape Town! for Latin Mass lovers!
Looking for numbers to justify a mass, I only know the lad through Facebook!
Stephen Korsman
Introductory e-mail and invitation to join the mailing list:

Una Voce, Cape Town, has started up. Our aim is to promote the Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) in Cape Town. First this will involve collecting people either on Facebook or, preferably, on an e-mail list which will get a newsletter once a month or so. (Initially the newsletters will simply remind you that we exist, inform you of international developments, and maybe link to photos or YouTube - as we grow, we may have meetings and eventually organise a Latin Mass.)

Una Voce (pronounced OO-nah VOH-chay) is Latin for "with one voice" and comes from the Preface to the Roman Canon, where the angels cry out with one voice, "Holy, Holy, Holy."

If you're in Cape Town, please consider joining Una Voce, Cape Town. There are no commitments expected of you, other than your prayers for the cause. Your e-mail addresses will not be sold either. If you're not in Cape Town, please pass the info along to interested Catholics in Cape Town.

email: una.voce.cape.town at gmail.com (let me know if your addition to the list includes a spouse or children)
Facebook page (like) - http://www.facebook.com/UnaVoceCapeTown
Facebook group (join) - http://www.facebook.com/groups/unavocecapetown/

I'm new to running a FB group, so I think you need to ask to join, instead of, ideally, just clicking and joining.

While FB stats will be presented to His Grace, I will only count those on the e-mail list as official Una Voce, Cape Town, members for the purposes of keeping His Grace informed about how big we are. If you're just on the FB page/group, I will not pester you to join the mailing list, although I'll try to somehow get the newsletter info on the page and group as well, so you won't miss out.

Lastly, I am starting Una Voce, Cape Town, as an individual, with the support of Una Voce, SA, and Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce. Formal affiliation with them will come in time. My love for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite stems from my interest and love for Eastern Rite liturgies and the liturgical beauty and diversity we as Catholics have as our heritage, and not from any antipathy towards Vatican II or the Ordinary Form of the Mass. It is not my intention to promote any sort of belligerence towards either.

I think that under his father... North Korea would have launched the Earth Observation Satellite, from which to hover over the earth ominously


(SACNSAltered Persuasion... Satire)


I think that under his father... North Korea would have launched the Earth Observation Satellite, from which to hover over the earth ominously ... just too bad... ;)!~ lols!
Now if they could just get Israel's help, or outsource to India;)!

They should do what everyone else does and use a BMW jet engine, and hire out the old South African nuclear scientists. Lols!

I cannot repeat enough that I am joking... horrified by attempted launch, glad it failed!

LOLS! When you try to be threatening... and try to be threatening and try...

And here is the try not to be threatening that usually works ;)!~
We threw out our toys, apparently ;)!~ LOLS!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vatican and Oxford to digitize millions of important ancient texts


Marc Aupiais17:48  -  Public
Vatican and Oxford to digitize millions of important ancient texts
Grant money to be used to extend access, through Online

BBC World News| 'Bodleian and Vatican digitise 1.5 million ancient texts' by BBC World News Staff at 12 April 2012 Last updated at 11:25 GMT

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-17687947

"Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican's Biblioteca Apostolica plan to digitise 1.5 million ancient texts to make them available online.

The two libraries announced the four-year project after receiving a £2m award from the Polonsky Foundation.

Dr Leonard Polonsky said his aim was to ensure researchers and the public have free access to historic and rare texts.

Greek manuscripts, 15th Century printed books and Hebrew early printed books and manuscripts will be digitised.

The three subjects were chosen "for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields", a Bodleian spokeswoman said.

The libraries say the digitisation will "virtually unite" materials that have been dispersed between the two collections over the past few centuries.

Sarah Thomas, Bodley's librarian, said: "Transforming these ancient texts and images into digital form helps transcend the limitations of time and space, which have in the past restricted access to knowledge.

"Scholars will be able to interrogate these documents in fresh approaches as a result of their online availability."
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The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 by Pope Nicholas V "for the common convenience of the learned".

It is a private institution not attached to a university or academic institution.

The Vatican Library preserves more than 180,000 manuscripts, 1,600,000 printed books, 300,000 coins and medals, and 150,000 prints, drawings and engravings.
Many of the first books printed in Rome between 1467 and 1473 are still preserved in the Vatican Library, which also houses a copy of the entire Bible written about 1100 in Italy."

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