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Occupy Wall Street

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Man Found Dead at Texas 'Occupy' Camp
DENTON, Texas –  A man was found dead Saturday afternoon in a tent at the "Occupy Denton" campsite on the grounds of the University of North Texas, KNTU-Radio reported.

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The 94-Year-Old Frenchman Behind ‘Occupy’
Stephane Fredric Hessel's best-selling brochure helped launch the movement.

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Victim Kept Silent About Occupy Hartford Sex Assault
Female victim said she didn't want to draw negative attention to the Occupy cause

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‘Occupiers’ Shut Down a Preschool
Aided by clueless church members, Occupy Fort Myers sets up on school grounds.

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The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street


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Rich #Occupy Leftists Drink Chardonnay in First Class While Toying With the Lives of Young “Revolutionaries”
Two weeks ago, Andrew Breitbart called me and laughingly told me that he had just boarded a plane and wanted me to guess who he had passed in first class as he made his way to his coach seat.

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This Is What Democracy Looks Like

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Police in LA, Philly raid Occupy camps
By CHRISTINA HOAG and KATHY MATHESON
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia stormed Occupy Wall Street encampments under darkness Wednesday to arrest or drive out some of the longest-lasting protesters since crackdowns ended similar occupations across the country.

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Adam Carolla explains the OWS Generation

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New Protests at U. of California Campuses

Monday was a day of protest at University of California campuses, with students objecting to the way the university system is managed and to recent incidents at the Berkeley and Davis campuses in which many say the right of peaceful protest was denied by campus police officers

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Memo to the Occupy protesters: here are ten things we evil capitalists really think
Chatting to some Occupy protesters this morning, I was struck by how wide of the mark were the beliefs they attributed to me as a Right-winger. In the interests of deeper understanding, here are ten things which – trust me – most of the Tory scum I hang around with think. Obviously, I don’t expect to turn my Leftie readers in a single post; still, they might get a clearer idea of what we actually believe.

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Occupy L.A.: City Hall campsite left in shambles; small group remains
Much of the Occupy L.A. campsite was in shambles early Wednesday morning, with tents uprooted and strewn all over.

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200 Arrested at Occupy LA, The Tent City is Gone

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Biting and Shoving State Troopers: This is What “Non-Violent” Occupy Looks Like
Yesterday, members of the Occupy movement in Washington state held a sit-in at the Capitol in Olympia.

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Occupy Las Vegas protesters target mall crowds
In the food court at the Meadows mall, protesters from Occupy Las Vegas lurked among the holiday shoppers, trying to blend in with the crowd.
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Obamacare

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Legless man denied wheelchair
A man from Nyk÷ping in eastern Sweden has been denied a power wheelchair despite having had both of his legs amputated as the local health authority remained "uncertain if the impairment was permanent".

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"Hide the Decline"

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Climatologists Trade Tips on Destroying Evidence, Evangelizing Warming
Penn State researcher and his CRU/IPCC colleague treated AGW like a religious "cause" despite warnings from peers

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Team ugliness – a call to get a skeptics PhD thesis revoked

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Another renewable energy loan recipient hires lobbyists, has fundraising ties to Obama

By Keenan Steiner
Abound Solar, another participant in the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, which is facing scrutiny, has hired Washington lobbyists because of that attention, a company spokesperson said.

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The contextual collection of ClimateGate 2.0 quotes

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NCAR’s Dr. Kevin Treberth’s ugly intolerance of dissenting views from other scientists

And to think I almost wasted my time going to visit Dr. Trenberth at NCAR this fall. This is mind blowing intolerance in professional discourse.

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President Eisenhower Predicted Global Warming

His Farewell Address Describes Modern “Science” To a Tee

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How a collapsing scientific hypothesis led to a lawsuit and arrest

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Good News: North American Electric Reliability Corporation Warns New EPA Regulations 'Threaten Stability of Power Grids'

After reading Public utility commission and FERC board slam EPA: it "ambushed" utilities, will cause "widespread and uncontrolled blackouts", Matt emailed us with more good news.

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Solar power bankruptcies loom as prices collapse
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The once high-flying solar power sector is headed for tough times, as a combination of slack demand and massive oversupply is leading to plummeting prices and profits for solar panel makers.

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SST data “so unreliable we don’t know GMT for that period”

That the data are so unreliable between the 30s and 60s means we don’t know for sure what happened in terms of global-mean temperatures during that period.

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Scientists Behaving Badly
More nails for the coffin of man-made global warming

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Climategate 2 email – Rob Wilson replicates McIntyre & McKitrick – produces hockey sticks out of noise

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Severinghaus and “Hide the Decline”
One of the very first contributions to realclimate was an FAQ from Jeff Severighaus on Dec 3, 2004. A year earlier, Severinghaus attempted (unsuccessfully) to get an explanation of the “divergence” problem from Mann and the rest of the Team.

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Crony Socialists Unite To Save the Planet. Or Something.
The Climategate 2.0 emails are proving to be a treasure trove of confirmatory evidence for things we "deniers" have long known.

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Climategate 2.0
A new batch of leaked emails again shows some leading scientists trying to smear opponents

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War & Terror

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Senate Repeals Bans on Sodomy and Bestiality in the Military
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to approve a defense authorization bill which included a provision that not only repealed the military ban on sodomy, but also repealed the ban on having sex with animals — or bestiality.

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Obama administration: ‘Only the Executive Branch Decides Who’s an Enemy’

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Georgetown students shed light on China’s tunnel system for nuclear weapons
The Chinese have called it their “Underground Great Wall” — a vast network of tunnels designed to hide their country’s increasingly sophisticated missile and nuclear arsenal.

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Iranian protesters seize 6 British embassy staff
(Reuters) - Iranian protesters briefly took six British embassy staff hostage on Tuesday when they stormed two diplomatic compounds in Tehran, smashing windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag in a protest against sanctions imposed by Britain.

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Huge Explosion In IRAN's Nuke City
Less than two weeks after a mysterious explosion destroyed an Iranian missile development base, and the same day the Israeli Military reported on the effect of that explosion, Iran's official news agency FARS reported that a loud blast was heard in the city of Isfahan at 2:40 pm local time (6:10am EST).

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National

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Herman Cain drops out of presidential race

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Initiative would let illegal immigrants work in Calif. legally
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others.

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Crematorium May Generate Electricity

A CREMATORIUM wants to install turbines in two of its burners to generate electricity.

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Rep. Issa’s district office evacuated for suspicious package reported after MoveOn.org, Occupy San Diego protest
The Vista, California district office of Republican Rep. Darrell Issa was evacuated Thursday afternoon while first responders investigated a report of a suspicious package left on the office doorstep. The device was spotted shortly after an organized protest in front of Issa’s office.

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Former SDS President Writing “Occupy” Book
Granted, despite his late-60s history, this guy isn’t as bad as Bil Ayers, who he clearly holds in contempt for his terrorist history, although he still clings nostaligically to what he thinks might have been had the movement not spun so far out of control. These days he’s a professor at Columbia (of course) and still has those romantic feelings for taking it to the man or something.

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Wisc. Election ‘Watchdog’ Assumes ALL Recall Signatures Are Valid, Will Only Verify Contested Entries

In Wisconsin, where Big Labor is circulating petitions to trigger the recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker, the state agency that monitors and administers elections is known as the G.A.B.
The ‘A’ is supposed to stand for accountability. But, in reality, not so much.

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U.S. on track to become a net fuel exporter for the first time in 62 years
In 2011, the United States could become a net exporter of petroleum products — gasoline, diesel and other oil-based fuels — for the first time in 62 years.
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Labor board approves controversial union election rule in 2-1 vote
By Kevin Bogardus
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted Wednesday to move forward with portions of a controversial union election rule after the board’s lone Republican member showed up to register his opposition.

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Problem of Duplicate Signatures Looms Over Recall
The state board overseeing the potential recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tells the MacIver News Service that they will rely upon temporary workers to scrutinize recall petitions and those individuals will not be expected to catch any duplicate signatures submitted by recall organizers.

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California vs. The Feds: Obama's DOJ Cracks Down on Medical Marijuana

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Mayor Bloomberg: ‘I Have My Own Army’
In a speech at MIT last night to discuss the packed sweepstakes to build a tech campus in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said he prefers City Hall to the White House. Almost immediately after Mayor Bloomberg dampened recent speculation he’s eyeing a White House bid, he added fuel to the fire by explaining why a mayor would be the best person for the job.

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Obama Admin Seals Records of Murdered Border Patrol Agent Implicated in Fast and Furious
And to think that Attorney General Eric Holder is getting testy about congressional calls for his resignation. After all, the Justice Department has nothing to hide, right?

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After Request for Refund, City of Richmond Announces Audit of Tea Party Group
Remember a few weeks back when a Tea Party group in Virginia made a fuss about fees they paid the city for meeting space? Their argument, with which I agree, was that it was unfair for them to be charged thousands of dollars in fees when the city of Richmond was allowing occupiers to use public land without permits

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‘It’s Time To Close The NLRB For Renovations’
Unions cry ‘foul’ when the game is played using their own playbook?

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Grover Norquist: Democrats Believe ‘The Peasants Aren’t Sending Enough Cash In’

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Economy & Taxes

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TDU’s New $150,000 Club Shows Teamster Bosses Still Doing Well Despite Recession
The 2011 $150,000 Club was released on Friday and shows, unlike many of their members who have suffered job and pay cuts, Teamster bosses are still doing quite well for themselves.

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Payroll tax break: Extension proposals from both parties fail in Senate

By Lori Montgomery and Felicia Sonmez,
The Senate late Thursday rejected competing partisan visions for extending a temporary tax break that benefits virtually every American worker, clearing the way for more serious negotiations over how to cover the cost of the tax cut.

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The Euro-Crisis is Much Worse Than It Looks
I haven’t completely sorted this out yet but for a number of reasons I believe that the ECB has lost control of monetary policy in the Eurozone.

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Paralyzed With Fear, Euro Zone Faces Collapse ‘Within Days’

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How Paulson Gave Hedge Funds Advance Word of Fannie Mae Rescue
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson stepped off the elevator into the Third Avenue offices of hedge fund Eton Park Capital Management LP in Manhattan. It was July 21, 2008, and market fears were mounting. Four months earlier, Bear Stearns Cos. had sold itself for just $10 a share to JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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European Economic Crisis Highlights an Increasingly Important Reason to Oppose Gun Control

About a year ago, I spoke at a conference in Europe that attracted a lot of very rich people from all over the continent, as well as a lot of people who manage money for high-net-worth individuals.

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Secret Fed Loans Undisclosed to Congress Gave Banks $13 Billion in Income


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Strategic Metals and American Competitiveness in the 21st Century
The importance of strategic metals to the U.S. economy came into sharp focus last November when China cut off Japan’s rare earth metals supply over a territorial dispute and Japan immediately backed down. Since then, Americans have learned that the majority of rare earth deposits are in China, accounting for 97% of world production.

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International

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Putin suffers blow in Russian parliament election
(Reuters) - Vladimir Putin's ruling party suffered a big drop in support in a parliamentary election on Sunday and was not certain even of holding on to a majority of seats, an exit poll showed.

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EU bribing independent Croatia to rejoin a 'new Yugoslavia'

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Farage exposes euro-nationalist, communist government of Europe

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A Russian and Chinese approach to justice?
An article about the psychiatric assessment of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik got me wondering about a couple things, one entertaining and the other, not so much:
"The psychiatrists warned that Mr Breivik was likely to attempt further attacks, including suicide bombings"
Suicide bombings? Plural? As it has been claimed he worked alone, I am curious how he could carry out more than one suicide bombing.

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Syrian forces tortured, killed 256 children: UN
A UN investigation has concluded that Syrian forces committed crimes against humanity by killing and torturing hundreds of children, including a 2-year-old girl reportedly shot to death so she wouldn't grow up to be a demonstrator

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U.K.: Public sector strikes
Live coverage of the public sector strikes as teachers, hospital staff, airport workers and government employees strike in protest of proposed pension and budget cuts.

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Norway massacre: Breivik declared insane
Psychiatrists assessing self-confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik have concluded that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

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Putin’s Facade Begins to Crumble

The first cracks have appeared in the fašade of massive public support in Russia for Vladimir Putin. The reaction in Russia to his nomination for a third term as president was muted, and in a rare show of public disapproval, Putin was booed at a recent martial-arts match in Moscow. The reason is that the Putin era was built on pretense, but without the advantage of the Soviet era’s complete control over information. Inevitably, the pretense is beginning to wear thin.

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Prime minister and cabinet submit resignations to emir following accusations of corruption, state television reports.

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Opinion

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The five obstacles Gingrich must overcome to win GOP nomination
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has Mitt Romney worried, but to defeat the former Massachusetts governor, he must clear major hurdles.

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The Plunder of Colfax

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The Rise of Post-Democratic Europe
What Europe doesn’t share is a nation.

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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
In 1859, two revolutionary books were published. One was Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. The other was John Stuart Mill’s pamphlet On Liberty. Darwin’s book revolutionized biology and fundamentally altered the debate between science and religion. Mill’s book revolutionized the way we think about innovation in social and moral life.

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Europe is Not the United States
CAMBRIDGE – Europe is now struggling with the inevitable adverse consequences of imposing a single currency on a very heterogeneous collection of countries.


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