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U.S. senators said they were closing in on a deal Monday that would reopen the government and push back a possible default for several months, though many hurdles remained as a Thursday deadline drew near.

The Senate's top Democrat and top Republican both said they hoped they could soon reach an agreement that would allow them to avert a looming default and end a partial government shutdown that has dragged on for 14 days so far.

"I'm very optimistic that we that we will reach an agreement that's reasonable in nature this week," Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor.

Lawmakers are racing against the clock, with U.S. officials estimating that the federal government could run out of borrowing capacity on October 17.

The plan under discussion would raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling by enough to cover the nation's borrowing needs at least through mid-February 2014, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

The Guardian

Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate were scrambling towards a deal that would avert the looming crisis over the US debt ceiling, as the threat of failure to reach an agreement finally appeared to have concentrated minds in Washington.

Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority and minority leaders, held two lengthy meetings on Monday in an attempt to nail down terms of a possible compromise. The urgency of the talks was matched by the scale of the crisis facing them: unless an agreement is reached on raising America’s borrowing limit by midnight on Thursday, the US will begin to default on its payments, with possible global economic ramifications.

Obama postponed a 3pm White House gathering of congressional leaders to give McConnell and Reid extra time to fine-tune a package.


The House and Senate were in session on Columbus Day, the 14th day of the federal government shutdown. A meeting that had been arranged between President Obama, Vice President Biden and the four main leaders of Congress was postponed, as the White House cited the progress being made in negotiations.

The latest word of a possible deal calls for raising the federal debt limit through Feb. 15 and funding a return to work for the government through Jan. 15. We'll update this post as more news comes in.

Over the weekend, senators from both parties assumed key roles in the negotiations, after House Republicans and the White House failed to reach an agreement.

Update at 6:10 p.m. ET: Reid Sees 'Tremendous Progress'

"We know this has been a difficult time for everyone," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said of the budget debate, adding that he and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell have been working toward a solution.

Reid said there would be no Senate votes on a possible deal Monday night.

"We've made tremendous progress. We're not there yet," Reid said. "But tremendous progress. And everyone just needs to be patient."

"We've had a good day," McConnell said, speaking in turns with Reid. "I think it's safe to say we've made substantial progress."

Bloomberg News

Senate Democratic and Republican leaders said they made significant progress toward an accord that would end a partial government shutdown and prevent the nation from breaching the U.S. debt ceiling in three days.

The emerging agreement would suspend the debt limit through Feb. 7, 2014, fund the government through Jan. 15 and require a House-Senate budget conference by Dec. 13, according to a Senate source familiar with the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss them.

“We’ve made tremendous progress,” Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said as the Senate adjourned today. “We are not there yet.”
Reid said he hoped a deal could be announced tomorrow. His Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said “substantial progress” had been made during the talks.

The movement toward working out a deal in the Senate marked the strongest signals yet that Congress may be able to prevent the U.S. from missing scheduled payments as soon as this month and end the partial shutdown that started Oct. 1.



Three American scientists won the 2013 economics Nobel prize on Monday for research that has improved the forecasting of long term asset prices, a hot topic since the collapse of the U.S. housing market bubble prompted a global financial meltdown.

"There is no way to predict the price of stocks and bonds over the next few days or weeks," The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in awarding the 8 million crown ($1.25 million) prize to Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller.


Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for a peace conference on Syria "very soon" but said peace would not be possible without a transition government to replace President Bashar al-Assad.

"We believe it is urgent to set a day, to convene the conference and work toward a new Syria," Kerry told reporters after meeting United Nations special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi in London.


For 29 years, Alcatraz — the notorious prison off the coast of San Francisco — housed some of the nation's worst criminals: Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Birdman Robert Stroud.

Today, 50 years after it closed, it's a museum. And earlier this year, the National Park Service gave Bill Baker, a former inmate, special permission to stay the night in his old cell. He was 24 when he was transferred to The Rock. Today, he's 80.

Baker, who was born in Kentucky during the Great Depression, has spent a lot of his life in and out of federal prison. Almost always for the same thing — cashing fraudulent checks.

By 1957, he was already an accomplished thief serving time in Leavenworth prison. He was never a violent criminal, but he had a penchant for escaping. So the federal Bureau of Prisons transferred him to Alcatraz to finish the last three years of his sentence.

LA Times

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed only 11% of about 900 bills lawmakers sent him this year, the lowest rejection rate of his current term.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday approved safeguards for minors accused of crimes and vetoed a probe of spikes in gas prices, wrapping up action on a wide range of bills this year that will expand healthcare, help low-wage workers and protect the environment.

When the ink dried on about 900 proposals lawmakers had sent him, down from nearly 1,000 last year, the governor had accepted all but about 11% of them — the lowest rejection rate of his current term.

"This is the most generous Jerry that we have seen by far," said Jaime Regalado, professor emeritus of political science at Cal State L.A. Brown approved almost all major bills from fellow Democrats, Regalado noted.

But the famously moderate governor was also a check on their most liberal tendencies, vetoing some ideas as too extreme and issuing warnings that blocked proposed tax hikes before they even reached his desk.

NY Times

This is the last time you will be reading The International Herald Tribune; as of tomorrow, it is The International New York Times. But weep not: This is not the first name change for what was popularly known in its early years as the “Paris Herald,” and if the genealogy of a newspaper is reflected in its name (the original parent, The New York Herald, at one point the most profitable and popular paper in all the United States, ended its days as The New York World Journal Tribune), the DNA of a great paper is defined by evolution of the complex and intimate interplay of reader and editor, owner and technology.

And that is best discovered in the figurative basement of the paper, in those stacks of brown, brittle copies of old newspapers that trace the ever-changing interests, dramas, world views and pleasures — all that we call “news.”

USA Today

The son of a Wisconsin Sikh temple leader who was among those slain last year by a white supremacist says he intends to run for Congress and challenge House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.

Amardeep Kaleka told the Associated Press that he wants to bring accountability and transparency back to Washington, and blames Ryan and his fellow Republicans for the partial government shutdown. Kaleka has been a staunch advocate for gun control, and called on Congress to impose stricter background checks on gun owners.

"There's a fever in the nation, and specifically in this district, for our leaders to stop playing politics and do their jobs," Kaleka said in his AP interview. "All I want to do is bring democracy — a government of, for and by the people — back to America."

Bloomberg News

When Barbara Retkowski went to a Cape Coral, Florida, health clinic in August to treat a blood condition, she figured the center would bill her insurance company. Instead, it demanded payment upfront.

Earlier in the year, another clinic insisted she pay her entire remaining insurance deductible for the year -- more than $1,000 -- before the doctor would even see her.
“I was surprised and frustrated,” Retkowski, a 59-year-old retiree, said in an interview. “I had to pull money out of my savings.”

The practice of upfront payment for non-emergency care has been spreading in the U.S. as deductibles rise. Now, the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is likely to accelerate that trend.

Many of the plans offered through the law’s insurance exchanges have low initial premiums to attract customers, while carrying significant deductibles and other out-of-pocket cost sharing. The second-lowest tier of Obamacare plans in California, for example, carries a $2,000 annual deductible.


The Guardian

Two German broadcasters have said they were detained by Qatari police this month as they attempted to investigate the plight of migrant labourers building infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup.

Peter Giesel, a film-maker and the head of a Munich-based production company, and his cameraman Robin Ahne were detained for 27 hours after filming the working conditions of labourers from the balcony of the Mercure Grand hotel in Doha.

The pair were following up on the Guardian's investigation into the conditions endured by many of the 1.2 million migrant workers who have flooded into the country to fuel a £100bn-plus construction boom before the football tournament.

"They said they just wanted to talk to us, but it wasn't clear about what," Giesel told the Guardian. "But the interrogations went on for several hours and then the security police got involved. They were talking about us sparking a riot by talking to the workers … and that's why we got detained and put in jail."

The pair, who say they were treated well while in custody, were told their equipment was being confiscated as they had been filming without permission.

The Guardian

Iran's negotiators are expected to offer restrictions on its nuclear programme in return for at least a partial lifting of sanctions, at a new round of talks starting in Geneva on Tuesday, diplomats said.

The complexity of the proposals means a completed deal is unlikely at the end of two days of negotiations, as there will remain significant gaps between the Iranian and western negotiating positions, but diplomats pointed to a new level of engagement not seen for several years.

The Iranian foreign minister and lead negotiator, Mohammad Javad Zarif, posted a message on his Facebook account saying the Geneva talks were "the start of a difficult and relatively time-consuming way forward".

He said: "I am hopeful that by Wednesday we can reach agreement on a road map to find a path towards resolution. But even with the goodwill of the other side, to reach agreement on details and start implementation will likely require another meeting at ministerial level."

The Guardian

Moscow police rounded up and arrested more than 1,000 migrant workers at a vegetable warehouse on Monday, the day after Russian rioters staged the most violent nationalist unrest in the capital in three years.

Riot police battled and arrested hundreds of Russian nationalists on Sunday night after they overturned cars and raided a warehouse used by migrants in search of the man they blamed for the murder of an ethnic Russian.

Police on Monday responded by arresting more than 1,200 migrant workers in what was called a "pre-emptive raid" on the warehouse where the rioters believed the killer worked.

There were another 80 arrests of migrants at a warehouse in northern Moscow, while the Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has ordered checks on other market places.

Sunday night's rioting in the southern Biryulyovo residential district of Moscow erupted after hundreds of Russians gathered at the spot where Egor Shcherbakov, 25, was stabbed and killed in front of his girlfriend on 10 October.

The following day a photograph of the alleged murder suspect, believed to be from the Caucasus region, was circulating on nationalist websites.


Kenya's deputy president William Ruto is back before the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday. He and his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, face charges of instigating and financing deadly tribal violence in Kenya after that country's disputed 2007 election.

But their cases might never have reached this stage if not for one Kenyan judge and a remarkable disappearing act.

Justice Philip Waki was a Kenyan appellate judge appointed to chair a Commission of Inquiry to find the top political officials who instigated the post-election violence of 2007 and 2008, violence that killed more than 1,100 people.

But in Kenya, Commissions of Inquiry are viewed with skepticism. "Commissions end up being toothless bulldogs," says Maina Kiai, a human rights advocate and government critic. "They make a lot of noise. Some that have got good reports, they go nowhere."

Justice Philip Waki didn't want his report to fall prey to politics, so he made an unexpected move. Instead of publishing the names of the accused, he sealed them in an envelope. To keep justice blind, Judge Waki kept the names in the dark.

Spiegel Online

He was a child soldier in Congo until a bomb fragment cost him his eye. Today, the boxer known as Kibomango teaches young men his skills in the hopes it will keep them from joining rebel militias.

As Kibomango trains, pummeling a grey punching bag with his fists, the red sand crunches under his feet. There's no boxing ring in Goma, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There's not even a real boxing club. Kibomango and his boys work out in a tiny room in the football stadium's catacombs. The young men follow his fists with their eyes. Many of them have killed people in their previous lives as child soldiers. Kibomango wants to prevent them from doing it again.

Spiegel Online

More than 1,000 customers who have no business holding accounts at the Vatican Bank have parked more than 300 million euros there, money the institution's officials suspect is illicit. They are now calling for the funds to be removed.

In late May, two Germans stood in the heavily guarded interior of the Vatican Bank and gazed out over St. Peter's Square. Ernst von Freyberg, 54, had just been appointed as the bank's president -- and now he had been interviewed by Father Bernd Hagenkord, the director of Vatican Radio's German program. The two servants of the Catholic Church took stock of what had been achieved thus far and concluded that the head of the bank had survived his baptism by fire.


At least six people were killed when buildings collapsed on islands popular with tourists in the central Philippines on Tuesday, radio reports said, after an earthquake measuring 7.2 hit the region.

Philippine radio reports quoted an official from the national disaster agency as saying four people had been killed on Bohol island, about 400 km southeast of the capital, Manila, when buildings collapsed during the quake.

Radio reports said at least two people had also been killed in nearby Cebu. At least two low-rise buildings collapsed and other buildings, including a church and former town hall, were damaged.

Similar damage reports were received from Bohol.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said in a radio interview that parts of the Tagbilaran port in Bohol had cracked and collapsed.

Official confirmation of the radio reports was not immediately possible.


Al Jazeera America

The crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear facility again grabbed headlines in recent weeks after reports of radioactive water leaks into the Pacific Ocean and repeated exposure of plant workers to dangerous levels of radiation once more focused attention on the disaster and its aftermath. A massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami in March 2011 damaged the Japanese plant's reactor containment and cooling systems, triggering explosions and three core meltdowns. After a string of troubling revelations surrounding Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, the Japanese government has finally expressed a more open attitude toward international help to deal with the crisis.

While Japan's problems seem far away, anti-nuclear activists in the United States say a similar disaster — or perhaps one even worse — could happen at a nuclear plant just 25 miles north of New York City, at Entergy Corp.'s Indian Point Energy Center. Although that is dismissed as fearmongering by the nuclear industry, anti-nuclear campaigners say Indian Point poses a grave risk to 20 million people who live in the New York metropolitan area.

Al Jazeera America

Raymond Bares owns two Harley-Davidson motorcycles and a small business, Bares Auto Repair, in La Marque near Houston. He rarely catches a cold, so he was dumbfounded by unrelenting fevers in early July. After a few days, Bares went to see a doctor and returned home with antibiotics. The drugs did nothing to lower his temperature, and his head hurt so badly that he began to vomit. He checked into a hospital, where doctors ran tests for HIV, hepatitis C, West Nile fever and other infections. They all turned up negative.

As another week passed, his wife, an administrator at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), asked the doctors she worked with for urgent help. Eventually the story reached Lucas Blanton, a young infectious disease physician at UTMB who studies murine typhus, an ancient bacterial infection no longer thought to plague the United States. Blanton immediately recognized Bares' symptoms and prescribed drugs to treat murine typhus, which is spread by fleas. Within 72 hours, Bares' fever lifted as quickly as it had come.


Google might be the king of online ads, but it still gives you a way to limit how some of your data is used to sell you things you don't need.

With its new Shared Endorsements coming on November 11, Google will make the ads you see more personalized by referencing your Google+ username, profile photo, and implied endorsements via comments and +1s.

Short of an ad-blocker, there's not much you can do to avoid ads completely. But Google does provide a few controls for restricting how much of your online behavior shows up in ads.


Pandora, the Internet's biggest radio service, is the company the recorded music industry loves to hate. Some artists have loudly vilified it, accusing it of paying piddling rates to play their work. Labels' acrimony over the service stoked its efforts to paralyze a bill that would have lowered the royalty rate Webcasters pay, and music publishers have singled out Pandora in an effort to withhold their catalogs. The Recording Industry Association of America has outright lied, Pandora claims, about how its payments work.

Amid the vitriol comes iTunes Radio, which, unlike Pandora, struck direct deals with the labels that will let it expand across the globe. In its first five days after launching with the rollout of iOS 7, iTunes Radio notched more than 11 million unique listeners. Pandora, meanwhile, had 72.7 million active users last month.


Researchers studying young bonobos in an African sanctuary have discovered striking similarities between the emotional development of the bonobos and that of children, suggesting these great apes regulate their emotions in a human-like way. This is important to human evolutionary history because it shows the socio-emotional framework commonly applied to children works equally well for apes. Using this framework, researchers can test predictions of great ape behavior and, as in the case of this study, confirm humans and apes share many aspects of emotional functioning.

Zanna Clay, PhD, and Frans de Waal, PhD, of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, conducted the study at a bonobo sanctuary near Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The results are published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Bloomberg News

Netflix Inc. (NFLX) is in talks to add its application to the set-top boxes of U.S. cable-television operators, letting customers search for Web-based movies and TV shows alongside traditional programs, three people familiar with the matter said.
Negotiations are furthest along with regional providers and smaller cable operators that use TiVo Inc. (TIVO) set-top boxes, including Suddenlink Communications, though the earliest announcements are weeks to months away, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Netflix, the largest video-streaming subscription service, also has held preliminary discussions with larger providers such as Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), the people said.

The talks suggest progress in Netflix’s bid to integrate its service with traditional pay-TV -- an effort under way for two years, Chief Financial Officer David Wells told Bloomberg News last month. Cable operators increasingly see Netflix’s $7.99 monthly service as a tool to attract and retain customers and promote their own on-demand offerings, rather than a threat that will lead users to abandon their pay-TV subscriptions.

The Guardian

Google's latest doodle marks the birthday of Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher widely remembered for his rejection of Christianity, declaration that "God is dead" and often cited influence on Nazism.

Born in 1844 in Röcken, near Leipzig, in the Prussian Province of Saxony, Nietzsche studied theology and classical philology at the University of Bonn and later philology at the University of Leipzig.

A meteoric academic rise saw him appointed as a professor at the University of Basel at the age of 24, despite not completing his doctorate or receiving a teaching certificate.

NY Times

CHOTEAU, Mont. — Across North America — in places as far-flung as Montana and British Columbia, New Hampshire and Minnesota — moose populations are in steep decline. And no one is sure why.

Twenty years ago, Minnesota had two geographically separate moose populations. One of them has virtually disappeared since the 1990s, declining to fewer than 100 from 4,000.

The other population, in northeastern Minnesota, is dropping 25 percent a year and is now fewer than 3,000, down from 8,000. (The moose mortality rate used to be 8 percent to 12 percent a year.) As a result, wildlife officials have suspended all moose hunting.

Here in Montana, moose hunting permits fell to 362 last year, from 769 in 1995.

“Something’s changed,” said Nicholas DeCesare, a biologist with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks who is counting moose in this part of the state — one of numerous efforts across the continent to measure and explain the decline. “There’s fewer moose out there, and hunters are working harder to find them.”

What exactly has changed remains a mystery. Several factors are clearly at work. But a common thread in most hypotheses is climate change.

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  •  I realized, when checking (34+ / 0-)

    today's date, that this is the first anniversary of my becoming the regular Monday night editor of the OND. In many ways I feel as though it's been longer and yet the year went by very quickly.

    Thanks to all for coming on Monday nights and making this a fun as well as educational experience.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 08:06:25 PM PDT

  •  Anthony Hopkins – "Breaking Bad" superfan (19+ / 0-)

    Below is the text of an email he sent to Bryan Cranston, which his (Hopkins') publicist has confirmed is authentic.

    Dear Mister Cranston.

    I wanted to write you this email - so I am contacting you through Jeremy Barber - I take it we are both represented by UTA . Great agency.

    I've just finished a marathon of watching "BREAKING BAD" - from episode one of the First Season - to the last eight episodes of the Sixth Season. [Ed note: There are in fact five seasons of Breaking Bad; this might have been wishful thinking.] (I downloaded the last season on AMAZON) A total of two weeks (addictive) viewing.

    I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!

    Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen - ever.

    I know there is so much smoke blowing and sickening bullshit in this business, and I've sort of lost belief in anything really.

    But this work of yours is spectacular - absolutely stunning. What is extraordinary, is the sheer power of everyone in the entire production. What was it? Five or six years in the making? How the producers (yourself being one of them), the writers, directors, cinematographers.... every department - casting etc. managed to keep the discipline and control from beginning to the end is (that over used word) awesome.

    From what started as a black comedy, descended into a labyrinth of blood, destruction and hell. It was like a great Jacobean, Shakespearian or Greek Tragedy.

    If you ever get a chance to - would you pass on my admiration to everyone - Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Steven Michael Quezada - everyone - everyone gave master classes of performance ... The list is endless.

    Thank you. That kind of work/artistry is rare, and when, once in a while, it occurs, as in this epic work, it restores confidence.

    You and all the cast are the best actors I've ever seen.

    That may sound like a good lung full of smoke blowing. But it is not. It's almost midnight out here in Malibu, and I felt compelled to write this email.

    Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.

    Best regards

    Tony Hopkins.

  •  The Stupidity Of "Zero Tolerance" Policies (17+ / 0-)

    The three most dangerous words in the English language when it comes to the formulation of public policy are "For The Children." Government officials usually divide into two sorts of classes when discussing anything related to kids. There are the officials who will support the dumbest, most ineffectual and draconian policies possible as long as it allows them to get in front of a camera and proclaim how they're doing it "for the children." And the other politicians are the ones who know it's a dumb policy, but are too chickenshit to say anything lest they get painted as someone who doesn't care about children.

    From that kind of stupidity, zero tolerance policies were born.

    Because why have a system of discipline that relies on any elements of judgment or proportionate punishment, when you can teach children the valuable life lesson that authority figures often rely on unfair and arbitrary rules not based on any kind of logic or reason.

    From CBS Boston: North Andover High Punishes Teen For Giving Drunken Pal Ride Home From Party

    It’s tough for Eleanor Cox to talk about how heartbroken her daughter Erin is over the punishment she received for doing what she thought was right.

    “She’s very fragile and I’m worried about her. Very worried about her. She didn’t do anything wrong,” Cox told WBZ-TV on Sunday.

    Two weeks ago, Erin received a call from a friend at a party who was too drunk to drive. Erin drove to Boxford after work to pick up her friend. Moments after she arrived, the cops arrived too and busted several kids for underage possession of alcohol.

    A North Andover High School honor student, Erin was cleared by police, who agreed she had not been drinking and was not in possession of alcohol. But Andover High told Erin she was in violation of the district’s zero tolerance policy against alcohol and drug use. In the middle of her senior year, Erin was demoted from captain of the volleyball team and told she would be suspended from playing for five games.

    “If a kid asks for help from a friend, you don’t want that kid to say ‘I’m sorry I can’t help you. I might end up in trouble at school,’” said attorney Wendy Murphy, who is trying to help the Cox family get the school’s decision reversed.

    The Cox family filed a lawsuit in District Court on Friday but a lawyer for the school district argued against any kind of injunction. The judge ruled the court did not have jurisdiction.

  •  Odds on default (13+ / 0-)

    NYT: No Way U.S. Would Allow Debt Default? Don’t Bet on It

    Nobody believes the country will actually exceed the debt limit — which is exactly why it might.

    Oddly enough, despite all the predictions of panic, the stock market was down only marginally over the last couple of sessions.

    Here’s the perversity of Wall Street’s psychology: The more Wall Street is convinced that Washington will act rationally and raise the debt ceiling, most likely at the 11th hour, the less pressure there will be on lawmakers to reach an agreement. That will make it more likely a deal isn’t reached.


    What happens when the government exceeds the debt limit? It is often forgotten, but it actually did default once, in 1979 — but this was by accident.

    Here’s a history lesson from Donald B. Marron of the Tax Policy Center: He wrote on his blog in 2011 — the last time this game of chicken was taking place — that Congress raised the debt ceiling at the 11th hour in 1979 but the government “defaulted because Treasury’s back office was on the fritz.” He explained that the government ultimately paid the debt back in full.

  •  Moose at the vanguard of mass extinction (11+ / 0-)

    I believe only the first of many. The cause isn't really a mystery, I think. The climate has been disrupted and changed. The root cause of every one of their theories is a changed climate: winter ticks, thanks to warmer winters; brain worms and liver flukes, thanks to a moister environment; heat stress, thanks to warmer winters; loss of cover, due to dying forests from pine beetles from a warmer winter... what more of a smoking gun do they want?

  •  NSA values your address book connections (9+ / 0-)

    WaPo: NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally

    The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

    The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.

    Rather than targeting individual users, the NSA is gathering contact lists in large numbers that amount to a sizable fraction of the world’s e-mail and instant messaging accounts. Analysis of that data enables the agency to search for hidden connections and to map relationships within a much smaller universe of foreign intelligence targets.

    •  Magnifico (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      palantir, maggiejean, Magnifico, OLinda

      One possible way to thwart the NSA is for someone to develop a program which would interconnect everybody on the planet so that the NSA could not find anything since everyone is connected with everyone, if that`s their reason for doing what they do.
      It`s really like a witch hunt, but who burns who at the stake if we`re all witches.

      I`m already against the next war.

      by Knucklehead on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 10:10:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Fracking US credibility (9+ / 0-)

    Guardian: Fracking hurts US climate change credibility, say scientists

    As fracking catapults the United States to the top of the list of the world’s largest crude oil and natural gas producers, climate scientists worry that the nation's booming fossil fuels production is growing too quickly with too little concern about its impact on climate change, possibly endangering America’s efforts to curb global greenhouse gas emissions.

    The U.S. is likely to become the world’s top producer of crude oil and natural gas by the end of 2013, producing more hydrocarbons than either Russia or Saudi Arabia, the Energy Information Administration recently announced.


    Climate scientists say America’s oil and gas boom is having unintended consequences, not just for the climate or the local environment in energy producing regions, but for America's global role in tackling climate change.

    “As we produce more, we burn more, and we send more CO2 per person into the atmosphere than almost any other country,” said Susan Brantley, geosciences professor and director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Pennsylvania State University. “We are blanketing our world with greenhouse gas, warming the planet.”

  •  "Let's make a Debt Deal" (13+ / 0-)

    Nonnie9999 made a poster for that, which I used for Let's make a Debt Deal at my personal blog.

    “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for today’s Big Deal. Today’s Big Winner can keep the sugar-coated Satan sandwich he just won, or he can trade it in for what’s behind our three doors. Behind one of them is a clean raising of the debt ceiling and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. Behind another is a balanced budget amendment. Behind the third is a sovereign default. So, Big Winner, will you keep your prize, or trade it in for what’s behind Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3? Which do you choose?”

    Things haven't changed much in two years, have they?

    "The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead." ~ Paul Krugman.

    by Neon Vincent on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 09:31:08 PM PDT

  •  msg to Rs: the hole world is/watchin! (8+ / 0-)

    Don Benedetto was murdered.-IgnazioSilone(BreadAndWine)

    by renzo capetti on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 09:38:55 PM PDT

  •  Young apes manage emotions like... (10+ / 0-)

    ...humans? Not like they do in the remake of Planet of the Apes? Dang, what fun is that?

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 09:40:45 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the typhus link mj... (6+ / 0-)

    As your link shows, typhus and other "neglected diseases" are making a comeback in the south. Dengue, chagas etc.

    Peter Hotez is actually an old friend and is doing great work in Houston. With global warming, a lot of these diseases that we think of as "tropical" will probably move north. The diseases that were previously endemic might just show up first.

  •  Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio has a new benchmark (7+ / 0-)
    Police on Monday responded by arresting more than 1,200 migrant workers in what was called a "pre-emptive raid" on the warehouse where the rioters believed the killer worked.

    There were another 80 arrests of migrants at a warehouse in northern Moscow, while the Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin has ordered checks on other market places.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 09:53:00 PM PDT

  •  The top story on NHK news. US default and shutdown (7+ / 0-)

    The Japanese are really concerned over the present situation in America.

    Stories are beginning to appear in the media about what the consequences would be if the US government defaults and it frightens them.   All the see are Republicans screaming for a default without trying to achieve a compromise.      

  •  7.1 Mag. Quake hits Central Philippines on Bohol (2+ / 0-)
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    Island near the town of Catigbian. far.

    Magnitude-7.1 earthquake hits the Philippines, 20 dead.

    Deaths are also reported on the Islands of Cebu and Sequitor.

    Most of those killed were hit by falling rubble, the Philippines News Agency reported.

    At least 33 people were missing and authorities were checking into reports of people trapped in collapsed buildings in Cebu and Bohol, the agency reported.

    As it happens I have booked travel with stays on the islands of Bohol, Cebu and Sequitor for late next month.

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 11:12:19 PM PDT

  •  How about... (1+ / 0-)
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    ..."The Planet of the Bonobos"  ...?

    the war being the relentless ...struggle... by the rich against the poor. " by Andrew O'Hehir in "Salon"

    by dharmasyd on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 11:47:36 PM PDT

  •  Elinor Ostrom (1+ / 0-)
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    Elinor Ostrom, a political scientist, won the Nobel Prize for economics in 2010 for her work on “institutions for collective action,” the bundles of norms, laws, incentives, punishments, and communication rituals that enable people to do things together.

    Her book Governing The Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action is an important text for anyone who wants to apply the mechanisms and methods of “augmenting human intellect” to social problem-solving.

    She challenged the dogma that the absence of top-down authoritarian control or private ownership always leads to the despoiling, overconsumption, or underprovisioning of common-pool resources — the well-known “Tragedy Of The Commons.” Ostrom offered a wealth of data from different nations and eras with numerous examples of people co-creating cultural institutions that enabled them to cooperate.

    Most important, Ostrom discovered eight design principles most often present when people succeed in Collective Action. These aren’t meant to be turned into rigid prescripts for inducing cooperation, but they could be useful thinking tools for social-augmentation designers:

    Group boundaries are clearly defined.

    Rules governing the use of collective goods are well matched to local needs and conditions.

    Most individuals affected by these rules can participate in modifying the rules.

    The rights of community members to devise their own rules is respected byexternal authorities.

    A system for monitoring members’ behavior exists; the community members themselves undertake this monitoring.

    A graduated system of sanctions is used.

    Community members have access to low-cost conflict resolution mechanisms.

    For common-pool resources that are parts of larger systems: appropriation, provision, monitoring, enforcement, conflict resolution, and governance activities are organized in multiple layers of nested enterprises.

    GOP use a trick that works.They tell their base that the media and institutions of learning favor liberals, and in doing so, "attacks" on GOP are perceived as false and stemming from so-called liberalism. This trick has important consequences.

    by anyname on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 01:14:16 AM PDT

  •  J C R Licklider (1+ / 0-)
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    J C R Licklider had been a psycho-acoustician before World War II. Returned to his scientific investigations after the war, Licklider grew frustrated with the long hours that he, as a scientist, spent “getting into position to think.”


    In the psychoacoustics field, Licklider is most remembered for his 1951 "Duplex Theory of Pitch Perception", presented in a paper that has been cited hundreds of times, was reprinted in a 1979 book, and formed the basis for modern models of pitch perception.
    Semi-Automatic Ground Environment
    A SAGE operator's terminal

    While at MIT in the 1950s, Licklider worked on "SAGE" (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment), a Cold War project to create a computer-aided air defense system. The SAGE system included computers that collected and presented data to a human operator, who then chose the appropriate response. Licklider worked as a human factors expert, which helped convince him of the great potential for human/computer interfaces.

    The Dream Machine: J.C.R. Licklider and the Revolution That Made Computing Personal
    by M. Mitchell Waldrop

    GOP use a trick that works.They tell their base that the media and institutions of learning favor liberals, and in doing so, "attacks" on GOP are perceived as false and stemming from so-called liberalism. This trick has important consequences.

    by anyname on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 01:32:32 AM PDT

    •  command and control research (1+ / 0-)
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      J. C. R. Licklider is known for his contributions to the advancement of computer science ... he over saw the behavioral sciences command and control research area

      GOP use a trick that works.They tell their base that the media and institutions of learning favor liberals, and in doing so, "attacks" on GOP are perceived as false and stemming from so-called liberalism. This trick has important consequences.

      by anyname on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 01:34:52 AM PDT

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      •  symbiosis (1+ / 0-)
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        DARPA researcher J.C.R. Licklider:

        Within his speculative 1960 paper Man-Computer Symbiosis, Licklider outlined his vision that humans and the new technology of computers, if tightly-coupled together, would prove to complement each others strengths to such a degree that many of the pure artificial intelligence systems envisioned at the time by optimistic researchers would prove unnecessary:

        Man-computer symbiosis is a subclass of man-machine systems. There are many man-machine systems. At present, however, there are no man-computer symbioses.

        The purposes of this paper are to present the concept and, hopefully, to foster the development of man-computer symbiosis by analyzing some problems of interaction between men and computing machines, calling attention to applicable principles of man-machine engineering, and pointing out a few questions to which research answers are needed.

        The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today.

        —Man-Computer Symbiosis, J.C.R. Licklider, March 1960.

        GOP use a trick that works.They tell their base that the media and institutions of learning favor liberals, and in doing so, "attacks" on GOP are perceived as false and stemming from so-called liberalism. This trick has important consequences.

        by anyname on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 01:41:50 AM PDT

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        •  advanced research (1+ / 0-)
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          ARPA - The Advanced Research Projects Agency:

          The Financial Backbone of U.S. Computer Research

          The single most influential agency in the history of computer development in the United States is the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA).

          ARPA is the central research and development organization for the U.S. Department of Defense. Established in February 1958 by President Eisenhower, and later supported by the Kennedy Administration, ARPA's creation was in direct response to the launching of "Sputnik" by the former U.S.S.R.

          ARPA: 1976-1985

          During the late 70's and early 1980's, ARPA's research focus included Command, Control and Communications (CIC) systems, tactical armor and anti-armor programs, infrared sensing for space-based surveillance, high-energy laser technology for space-based missile defense, anti- submarine warfare, advanced cruise missiles, advanced aircraft, defense applications of advanced computing, stealth technology, very large scale integration (VSLI), charged particle beam research and other areas.

          ARPA's research focus also included information processing, aircraft related programs, hypersonic research, satellites and submarine technology.

          In 1985, about $600 million was approved for strategic computer research in the U.S., including research into gallium arsenide semiconductors and parallel processing. ARPA's current focus is on revolutionary new technologies, including electronics and materials processing, computers, sensors, communication devices.

          ARPA Today

          In support of its mission, ARPA has developed and transferred technology programs encompassing a wide range of scientific disciplines which address the full spectrum of national security needs.

          ARPA manages and directs selected basic and applied research and development projects, and pursues research and technology where risk and payoff are both very high.

          The expert system DART, was used to assist the U.S. military in the logistics planning surrounding the Desert Storm operation.

          Today, ARPA is the lead Department of Defense agency for advanced technology research and has leadership responsibility for the HPCC (High Performance Computing and Communications) Program.

          The HPCC Program is designed to stimulate the aggressive advance of the high performance computing and communications technology base. T

          he technologies include scalable technologies for high performance computing and networking along with system software to support the effective application of the high performance technologies to large scale problems.

          GOP use a trick that works.They tell their base that the media and institutions of learning favor liberals, and in doing so, "attacks" on GOP are perceived as false and stemming from so-called liberalism. This trick has important consequences.

          by anyname on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 01:47:26 AM PDT

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          •  quiet wars (1+ / 0-)
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            Top Secret: Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars

            This is the top secret manual found by accident in 1986 by an employee of Boeing Aircraft who bought a surplus IBM copier for scrap parts and found the manual inside. Much of it has come to pass - it planned to control the masses through manipulation of industry, education and politics, and to divert the public's attention from what's really going on.




            Silent weapon technology has evolved from Operations Research (O.R.), a strategic and tactical methodology developed under the Military Management in England during World War II. The original purpose of Operations Research was to study the strategic and tactical problems of air and land defense with the objective of effective use of limited military resources against foreign enemies (i.e., logistics).

            It was soon recognized by those in positions of power that the same methods might be useful for totally controlling a society. But better tools were necessary.

            Social engineering (the analysis and automation of a society) requires the correlation of great amounts of constantly changing economic information (data), so a high-speed computerized data-processing system was necessary which could race ahead of the society and predict when society would arrive for capitulation.

            Relay computers were to slow, but the electronic computer, invented in 1946 by J. Presper Eckert and John W. Mauchly, filled the bill.

            The next breakthrough was the development of the simplex method of linear programming in 1947 by the mathematician George B. Dantzig.

            Then in 1948, the transistor, invented by J. Bardeen, W.H. Brattain, and W. Shockley, promised great expansion of the computer field by reducing space and power requirements.

            With these three inventions under their direction, those in positions of power strongly suspected that it was possible for them to control the whole world with the push of a button.

            Immediately, the Rockefeller Foundation got in on the ground floor by making a four-year grant to Harvard College, funding the Harvard Economic Research Project for the study of the structure of the American Economy. One year later, in 1949, The United States Air Force joined in.

            In 1952 the grant period terminated, and a high-level meeting of the Elite was held to determine the next phase of social operations research. The Harvard project had been very fruitful, as is borne out by the publication of some of its results in 1953 suggesting the feasibility of economic (social) engineering. (Studies in the Structure of the American Economy - copyright 1953 by Wassily Leontief, International Science Press Inc., White Plains, New York).

            Engineered in the last half of the decade of the 1940's, the new Quiet War machine stood, so to speak, in sparkling gold-plated hardware on the showroom floor by 1954.

            With the creation of the maser in 1954, the promise of unlocking unlimited sources of fusion atomic energy from the heavy hydrogen in sea water and the consequent availability of unlimited social power was a possibility only decades away.

            The combination was irresistible.

            The Quiet War was quietly declared by the International Elite at a meeting held in 1954.

            Although the silent weapons system was nearly exposed 13 years later, the evolution of the new weapon-system has never suffered any major setbacks.

            This volume marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Quiet War. Already this domestic war has had many victories on many fronts throughout the world.

            GOP use a trick that works.They tell their base that the media and institutions of learning favor liberals, and in doing so, "attacks" on GOP are perceived as false and stemming from so-called liberalism. This trick has important consequences.

            by anyname on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 02:01:34 AM PDT

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            •  maser & laser (1+ / 0-)
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              Focus: Invention of the Maser and Laser


              The ubiquitous laser, appearing today in supermarket checkout machines, CD players, and eye surgeon’s offices, developed out of the maser, which was first described in Physical Review papers published in 1954 and 1955. The maser–the name stands for “microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation”–in turn depended on an insight that came from Albert Einstein almost 40 years earlier. But the path from theory to application was far from straightforward, and it took ingredients from many different disciplines for these theoretically simple devices to achieve practicality.

              After World War II, radar scientists looking for ways to generate electromagnetic radiation at wavelengths shorter than one centimeter began collaborating with physicists who wanted to use such radiation to investigate molecular structure. When atomic bonds inside a molecule flip between slightly different forms, they often absorb or emit centimeter- or millimeter-band radiation.

              Vacuum tubes and related devices, used in radar, are impractical for producing sub-centimeter wavelength radiation. But in the early 1950s, Charles Townes, then at Columbia University in New York City, had the idea that molecules themselves would make good emitters of the desired wavelengths, if only he could persuade large numbers of molecules to emit en masse.

              Masers serve as high precision frequency references. These "atomic frequency standards" are one of the many forms of atomic clocks. They are often used as low-noise microwave amplifiers in radio telescopes. Masers are being considered by a few countries for use as directed-energy weapons.


              Recent developments

              In 2012, a research team from the National Physical Laboratory and Imperial College London found a way to make a solid-state maser operate at room temperatures by using pentacene-doped p-Terphenyl as the amplifier medium.

              This development could possibly lead to a renewal of the maser technology into a wide range of applications, including communications and space exploration.

              GOP use a trick that works.They tell their base that the media and institutions of learning favor liberals, and in doing so, "attacks" on GOP are perceived as false and stemming from so-called liberalism. This trick has important consequences.

              by anyname on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 02:09:06 AM PDT

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              •  laser controlled (1+ / 0-)
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                Laser-Controlled Humans Closer to Reality


                Flashes of light may one day be used to control the human brain, and that day just got a lot closer.

                Using lasers, researchers at the MIT Media Lab were able to activate a specific set of neurons in a monkey’s brain. Though the technique has been used to control and explore neural circuits in fish, flies and rodents, this is the first time the much-hyped technology has ever been used in primates.

                “It paves the way for new therapies that could target a number of psychiatric disorders,” said MIT neuroscientist Ed Boyden, who led the research with postdoctoral fellow Xue Han. “This is very exciting from a translational standpoint.”

                The beauty of this optogenetic technique is its specificity. By using a combination of lasers and genetic engineering, scientists can control, to the millisecond, the firing of a specific class of neurons, allowing them to pinpoint problematic cells and circuits while leaving innocent bystanders alone, thus minimizing potential side effects.

                Viruses are engineered to infect neurons with a special type of channel, originally discovered in algae, which is sensitive to blue light. Once a blue laser shines on the infected neurons, the channels snap open, ions rush into the cell, and the neuron fires.

                Crucial to the technique is that the virus is only injected into a very small part of the brain, and only a certain class of neurons, once infected, actually turn the channel on. The sharp laser beam further zeros in on a small portion of the brain. This precise aim is in contrast to current techniques, such as drugs and electrodes, both of which have a much broader reach.

                The optogenetic method was pioneered in 2005 by Boyden and Karl Deisseroth at Stanford University and has since been used to understand how circuits of neurons control various behaviors, such as learning in mice and predator escape in fish. But until now, scientists had never demonstrated the technique in primates — a move essential for developing therapeutic uses for the technology in humans.

                Boyden’s new research, published Wednesday in Neuron, demonstrates not only that the technology works in primates, but also that it is safe. The rhesus macaques received multiple rounds of injections and laser stimulations over the course of eight or nine months without damaging the neurons or activating the brain’s immune system, an obvious concern when viruses are involved.

                “Many disorders are associated with changes in specific cell types,” said Boyden. “For therapeutic purposes, you want to affect certain cells, but you want to leave normal cells intact. The ability to use light to turn specific cells on and off with very precise timing could in principle allow new therapies.”

                Future applications could involve using light-emitting neural prosthetics to replace the electrodes used in deep brain stimulation, which currently activate or silence a broad range of neurons. Deep brain stimulation has shown promise in treatments of Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and depression, but it has a number of side effects, stemming in part from its lack of specificity.

                “Our ability to remedy problems in the brain may ultimately be limited by how many side effects occur,” said Boyden. “We could find ways to shut down seizures but the side effects might be intolerable. By pinpointing specific cell types, we could craft therapeutic neuromodulators and directly develop therapies, while preserving a high degree of well-being.”

                Proving the method works in primate brains paves the way not only for cleaner therapies, but also for understanding the relationship between specific neural circuits and behaviors, particularly higher cognitive functions.

                GOP use a trick that works.They tell their base that the media and institutions of learning favor liberals, and in doing so, "attacks" on GOP are perceived as false and stemming from so-called liberalism. This trick has important consequences.

                by anyname on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 02:14:00 AM PDT

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                •  controlling the brain with light (1+ / 0-)
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                  Controlling the Brain with Light [Preview]


                  In Brief

                  Neuroscientists have long been frustrated by their inability to study how the brain works in sufficiently precise detail. Unexpectedly, a solution has emerged from basic genetic research on micro­organisms that rely on light-responsive “opsin” proteins to survive.

                  By inserting opsin genes into the cells of the brain, scientists can now use flashes of light to trigger firing by specific neurons on command.

                  This technology, optogenetics, permits researchers to conduct extremely precise, cell type–targeted experiments in the brains of living, freely moving animals—which electrodes and other traditional methods do not allow.


                  Single Worm Neurons Remotely Controlled with Lasers

                  GOP use a trick that works.They tell their base that the media and institutions of learning favor liberals, and in doing so, "attacks" on GOP are perceived as false and stemming from so-called liberalism. This trick has important consequences.

                  by anyname on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 02:19:14 AM PDT

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  •  false echo (1+ / 0-)
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    Modern Dictionary Of Electronics


    Deception Jamming:

    Confusion jamming: An electronic countermeasure by means of which a radar may detect a target, but the radar operator is denied accurate data regarding range, azimuth and velocity of the target.  This result is accomplished through amplification and retransmission of an incident radar signal with distortion to create a false echo.

    GOP use a trick that works.They tell their base that the media and institutions of learning favor liberals, and in doing so, "attacks" on GOP are perceived as false and stemming from so-called liberalism. This trick has important consequences.

    by anyname on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 03:34:56 AM PDT

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