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North Korea says will boost nuclear deterrent after U.N. rebuke

By Louis Charbonneau

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday unanimously condemned North Korea's December rocket launch and expanded existing U.N. sanctions, eliciting a vow from Pyongyang to boost the North's military and nuclear capabilities.
Even though the resolution approved by the 15-nation council does not impose new sanctions on Pyongyang, diplomats said Beijing's support for it was a significant diplomatic blow to Pyongyang.
The resolution said the council "deplores the violations" by North Korea of its previous resolutions, which banned Pyongyang from conducting further ballistic missile and nuclear tests and from importing materials and technology for these programs.

Female veterans have mixed reaction to lifting of combat restrictions

By Ellen Jean Hirst

The Pentagon’s decision to give women the chance to serve in front-line combat drew mixed reactions Wednesday from female veterans in the Chicago area.
Veterans such as U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth -- the first woman injured in combat ever elected to national office, when she ousted former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh this past November.-- applauded the move as a broadening of opportunities for women and said it will improve the nation’s armed forces But several older veterans said most women are not physically strong enough to participate directly in combat.
Duckworth fought in Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, one of the only combat positions available to women at the time, for the Illinois Army National Guard. She lost both her legs when a rocket-propelled grenade hit her helicopter in 2004.

Navy: Random alcohol tests for sailors in US

AP

The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.
The tests are part of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus' 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative, an expansive program intended to improve the well-being of sailors and Marines after more than a decade at war.
The Marines announced it would carry out its own random alcohol tests last month. While alcohol has long played a part in the Navy's culture, Navy officials stressed they aren't trying to stop sailors from drinking altogether, but are concerned about their health and safety.

LEDs Emerge as a Popular ‘Green’ Lighting

By DIANE CARDWEL

The lighting industry has finally come up with an energy-efficient replacement for the standard incandescent bulb that people actually seem to like: the LED bulb.
Although priced at around 20 times more than the old-fashioned incandescents, bulbs based on LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, last much longer and use far less electricity, a saving that homeowners are beginning to recognize. Prices for the bulbs are falling steadily as retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s sell them aggressively and manufacturers improve the technology.
And because the light in LED bulbs comes from chips, companies have been able to develop software applications that let users control the bulbs, even change the color of the light, with tablets and smartphones. Apple sells a three-pack of such bulbs, made by Philips, with the hardware to operate them for about $200.

Lawsuit alleges purpose of Scientology is 'taking people's money'

By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News

The Church of Scientology has strayed from principle and devolved into a cash-hungry enterprise that misuses parishioner donations to protect itself from questions and to intimidate its own members, a California couple charged Wednesday.

The couple said in a federal lawsuit that the church had misused about $400,000 of their money, including donations meant for construction projects and for relief from natural disasters.
They also said that church donations had been used to finance a high-priced lifestyle for its leader, David Miscavige.


Controversial bird flu research to resume

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times

Bird flu researchers said Wednesday that they would end a self-imposed moratorium on controversial experiments to determine how the deadly H5N1 virus might mutate and gain the ability to spread easily among humans.
In a statement published online by the journals Science and Nature, 40 scientists said they were poised to resume their investigations — but only in countries that have established clear rules for conducting the research safely. The U.S., which is the largest funder of influenza research, is not yet among those nations.
"We want to resume virus transmission studies because we believe this research is important to pandemic preparedness," said University of Wisconsin virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka, one of the scientists whose work prompted biosecurity experts to call for new restrictions on flu research.


One in five employees use Dropbox for work documents: report

By Zack Whittaker for Between the Lines

We've all done it. Instead of emailing our work home using our corporate email accounts, we've banged those latest financials or that important contract in our Dropbox folder.
Unwise move, suggests a new report. 
According to enterprise storage firm Nasuni (via GigaOm), one out of five of 1,300 surveyed business users say they use the consumer cloud-storage and synchronization service to share work documents, even though businesses and corporations disallow such a practice through their company's own IT policies.

Diver who saved dolphin: 'He swam right up to me'

By Elizabeth Chuck

When a dolphin needed help off the coast of Hawaii, he was determined to let a scuba instructor know.

Keller Laros was leading a group of divers on a tour of the waters off of Kona, Hawaii, on Jan. 11. He often goes on his dives with professional underwater videographers and this night was no exception.
But as Laros, his camerawoman and the rest of the group began their dive, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. 


Gen. Allen cleared in email exchange linked to Petraeus scandal

By CHRIS CARROLL
Stars and Stripes


Defense Department investigators on Tuesday cleared Gen. John Allen, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, of suspicions  that he carried on what was characterized as an “inappropriate” email exchange with a Florida socialite linked to the adultery scandal that prompted the resignation of retired Gen. David Petraeus from his job running the CIA.
It prompted the White House to announce Wednesday that Allen’s nomination to take over the prestigious role of NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe and head of U.S. European command would go forward, according to an Associated Press report.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered the investigation in November after the FBI delivered what were described as more than 20,000 pages of emails and documents related to Allen and Jill Kelley, a Tampa socialite with close ties to high-ranking officers at U.S. Central Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla

Contrary to reports, the Irish haven't legalized drunk driving

By Jason Walsh

Reported around the globe as a license to drive drunk, an Irish council's motion to permit rural pub-goers to get behind the wheel not only lacks force of law, it's also a slightly odd solution to a serious issue.
It's not often that a vote by five county councilors in rural west Ireland makes headline news, but Danny Healy-Rae managed it this week when he and four colleagues passed a motion to allow drinkers to drive home – albeit at a severely restricted speed and only on barely-used backroads.
The political response? The same as that of the Irish public: bafflement and embarrassment.

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  •  Want just a summary?---- (33+ / 0-)

    10 Things to Know for Thursday

    1. FOR WOMEN, A CHANCE AT FRONT-LINE DUTY

    The Pentagon is scrapping its ban on women serving in combat.

    2. CLINTON FORCEFULLY DEFENDS HANDLING OF BENGHAZI

    She squares off with lawmakers — including potential 2016 presidential rivals — in often combative testimony before Congress.

    3. BOEHNER PLEDGES LONG-TERM MONEY FIX

    The GOP, he says, will draft a budget that would wipe out federal deficits in a decade.

    4. HOW ISRAELI ELECTION COULD REVIVE PEACE TALKS

    As Netanyahu seeks Lapid's support, centrists get leverage to restart negotiations with the Palestinians.

    5. THE GOP'S DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

    Divided and battered, Republicans gather to ponder fundamental changes aimed at keeping them competitive.

    6. WHY APPLE'S LOSING ITS SHINE

    Stocks plunge 10 percent and analysts warn the company can't keep growing without some completely new products.

    7. ALGERIA MILITANTS' LATEST WEAPON: THE TRUTH

    The hostage-takers provided the media with timely, accurate information while government officials were silent or gave out murky reports.

    8. WHERE BANKERS AREN'T FEELING THE LOVE

    Even at Davos, a gathering of the globe's financial elite, banking execs find themselves explaining away recent scandals.

    9. EQUALITY — BUT NOT IN A GOOD WAY

    Women now smoke more regularly and at a younger age, much like men. They are also more likely to die because of their habit, much like men.

    10. CALL IT THE SUPER BRRR

    If this year's frigid temperatures are any indication, the 2014 New York-region Super Bowl could be one for the record books

    It's your victories that give you your confidence but it's your setbacks that give you your character. -Van Jones

    by Oke on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:17:46 PM PST

  •  Apple Shares Slide 11% (15+ / 0-)

    From USA Today: Apple misses iPhone forecasts; shares skid 11%

    Apple missed analysts' iPhone sales forecasts in its key holiday shopping period, pummeling shares lower in after-hours trading. Shares of Apple nose-dived $54.98, or 11%, to $459.03 in trading after the close of markets, raising new concerns.

    For its seasonal high, Apple reported a first-quarter profit of $13 billion, or $13.81 per share, on $54.5 billion in sales. That compares with a profit of $13 billion, or $13.87 per share, on sales of $46.3 billion a year ago. "Everyone here is laser-focused," CEO Tim Cook said on a conference call. "Everyone at Apple has their eyes on the future."

    Apple's revenue guidance for its current quarter, a key measurement, came in light at $41 billion to $43 billion and below expectations for $45.6 billion.

  •  Education Day and eco-diesels at NAIAS (17+ / 0-)

    I've been accepting reports on visits to NAIAS as extra credit for years now.  It looks like I'm not the only one who thinks of the auto show as an educational opportunity.  Others do, too.  WXYZ has a report on "Education Day" at the North American International Auto Show.


    I'm not trying to encourage my students to be designers or engineers. Instead, my interests are in getting students to examine the cars for innovation and efficiency in using energy.  In particular, I want them to look at the electric, hybrid, and high-mileage cars, whether they burn gasoline or another fuel.

    I'm not alone in emphasizing that aspect of the show.  Researchers at the University of Michigan do, too.  Here's a video from the University of Michigan pointing out that diesels are picking up speed at the auto show in Detroit.

    Bruce Belzowski of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute explains the appeal of diesel engines at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
    My wife has owned a number of German cars over the years and wants to buy another when I inherit her current vehicle.  I wonder if she'll consider a diesel based on this information.  Stay tuned.

    Originally posted at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

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

    by Neon Vincent on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:07:33 PM PST

  •  The State of the Loyal Opposition (17+ / 0-)

    Different year, but same old, same old.

  •  oh hai (17+ / 0-)

    utah legislature wants everyone to have all guns all the time.  or something like that.  

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:09:40 PM PST

  •  Civil Rights Groups Oppose NY Soda Ban (11+ / 0-)

    The beverage industry was in court today fighting Mayor Michael Bloomberg's size limit on sugary drinks. Proponents of the plan say its needed to combat obesity, while opponents have claimed the entire idea smacks of nanny-state paternalism.

    Another angle on the issue seemed to open today when the NAACP and a network of Hispanic groups joined the beverage industry's legal effort to block the ordinance on the grounds that it will disproportionately affect minority business owners, thus creating a disparate impact. However, critics are claiming the NAACP and the Hispanic group's position is being being swayed by donations.

    From the AP:

    The NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, an organization of 100 Northeastern groups, say their concern is that minority-owned delis and corner stores will end up at a disadvantage compared with grocery chains.

    It's a complaint voiced behind deli counters in heavily Hispanic East Harlem, where managers such as Yolanda Peralta see the restriction as inequitable.

    "We're paying taxes like every other store. ... We should have the same rights that everybody else," Peralta said Wednesday.

    But others questioned the advocacy groups' links to the soda companies whose fight they've joined.

  •  I was in the Navy (14+ / 0-)

    in the 60's. Duty was mostly night shift. We weren't doing hazardous work; running accounting machines, but we might have had a few before work.
       On the Scientology issue, I saw a sweet old couple who lived next door get driven into bankruptcy by it, one of the most cold-hearted things I've ever seen.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:18:37 PM PST

  •  I Dated In College. A Women That Served (7+ / 0-)

    in the first Gulf War. National Guard Unit that saw a lot of action. She looked to weight about 110 pounds, but a women I was scared could hurt me :). She handled the combat training and laugh at it.

    I will say what I have said about it before here a few times, our relationship ended (my bad 110%) because I would learn she was raped time and time again while there.

    I didn't mind that at all, other then as a person in his young 20s I had no idea how to "comfort" her. What are you supposed to say to the women that sleeps next you that walks you up by hitting you in her sleep?

    Let women in if they want 24/7 but the MILITARY BETTER ADDRESS SEXUAL ABUSE of women in their organization yesterday!

    It happens. Has happened. Will continue if you don't change the culture.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:28:35 PM PST

  •  Thanks Oke. (9+ / 0-)

    Good to see you and interesting articles.

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

    by maggiejean on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:29:04 PM PST

  •  Thank you!!! (5+ / 0-)

    Best wishes to all here!

    For those who are cold, I send warm greetings to those who are too hot, I send cool thoughts.  

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:35:20 PM PST

  •  I predict we'll see more diesel cars (5+ / 0-)

    soon. I'll also predice that they will be much quieter than the truck I drive at night.
    How's it going, OND pals?

    "Better to die standing, than to live on your knees." Che Guevara

    by Interceptor7 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:51:10 PM PST

  •  Here's a diary that really needs recs (5+ / 0-)

    Torture and the Dark Side of ZERO DARK THIRTY

    by Jennifer A Epps

    MB featured it in the night owls thread.

    Thanks!  BL

    Self-described political "centrists" believe the best policy is halfway between right and wrong. — @RBReich via web

    by BentLiberal on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:09:10 PM PST

    •  I read it the other night and expected it to (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      BentLiberal, renzo capetti

      zoom to the Rec List. If you've seen ZD30, her diary will probably confirm a lot of your unease with its depiction of torture—not that the film shows it, necessarily, but that the story does not raise the ethical "complexities" that the director and other defenders say it does. There isn't a lot of grey between the dots connecting torture and vital information. If you haven't seen the movie, her post is no spoiler (we all sorta know how it ends), but it sure provides a helpful viewers guide. Excellent research there!

      stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

      by Mother Mags on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:49:56 PM PST

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  •  North Korea (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    maggiejean, basquebob, renzo capetti

    The country the launches missiles disguised satellites or is that satellites disguised as missiles.  Offering all kinds of threats yet these missile/satellites always seem to orbit the bottom of the ocean rather than in space.    

  •  evil corporation in film (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    renzo capetti, BusyinCA

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    Parallax View: The Incredible Montage  1974

    EXcerpt DVCtalk

    Much to the surprise of Hollywood, Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View was a box office success in 1974. Twelve years earlier audiences had shied away from the 'serious' thriller The Manchurian Candidate even as critics celebrated it. The James Bond years were just beginning. Spies, assassins, and incredible conspiracies exited political reality to become the realm of fantasy and light adventure, even comedy. Parallax concerned itself seriously with its paranoid theme and didn't even develop a romance for its star Warren Beatty. Uncharacteristically intelligent, it built upon the foundation of The Manchurian Candidate to create a new subgenre: the Post-Watergate conspiracy thriller.

    What made Parallax different was its approach. Its outlandish tale of a nefarious corporation manipulating American politics was treated not as a fantasy, not as merely possible, but as something probable. The legacy of Watergate was just forming and Parallax expressed it loud and clear: Americans no longer trusted their government, their media news, their own history.

    The Pentagon Papers had documented that Congress had been railroaded into Vietnam with intentional lies and hoaxes. The JFK assassination theories were stronger than ever. The killings of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy had been speedily 'resolved' as the work of independent rogues. The public suspected that at best, the whole truth wasn't being told, and at worst, the real killers had been covered up. One very disturbing theory explained Sirhan Sirhan, the killer of R.F.K., as a programmed assassin-patsy. It argued that the 'fantasy' premise of The Manchurian Candidate was an actuality!

    In The Parallax View reporter Beatty penetrates the mysterious Parallax Corporation, and when he enters their recruiting process finds himself being shown (subjected to?) a 'special' short film in a theater wired to measure his emotional reactions. He's already taken a multiple-choice psychological test (right out of Psych 101) designed to identify violent, volatile applicants. Now he is the sole occupant of a huge auditorium, and the house lights dim while a voice calmly instructs him to keep his hands on the wired armrests. We see no close-ups of Beatty. The instructions might as well be directed at us, because we too are sitting in a darkening theater, with no idea what we are about to be shown.

    What we experience in Parallax is a short film constructed of still images and printed text titles, cut to music in a montage style not unlike experimental films of the 1960s. Together with the fads of split-screen and shallow-focus lyricism, by 1970 the form had worked its way into TV commercials. Indeed, no film-school screening was without its 'message' montage cut to rock music and, depending on the artiste, compelling or insulting in its use of images. Not exactly Eisenstein kinema-dialectics, not exactly Godard agit-prop, a typical example is Wipe Out, where the surf guitar song becomes sinister when accompanied by rapid-fire images of everything presumed bad in American life, from consumer greed to Levittown housing.

    At first, Parallax's montage seems like one of these. Soothing music is heard behind harmonious iconographic images familiar from Life Magazine - style photo layouts. Pictures of sweet old ladies and hardworking farmers accompany the titles 'MOM' and 'DAD.' Similiar stereotypical images follow title cards for 'GOD', 'LOVE', 'HAPPINESS', and so forth. The music starts to become more upbeat and dynamic, and the visual pace quickens as the same categories are revisited with new visuals and repeats of the old ones. This is going somewhere, we can tell . . . odd cuts slip in that don't seem to fit the categories, either because they are too fast to 'read' or contain disturbing content - lynchings, children in peril, the blurred, frightful face of a terrorized woman.

    Soon the images are coming too fast for easy categorization. Each image has its own emotional reaction, some of which raise the hair on one's neck - Nazis, for instance, next to the Pope. Confusion sets in as images are repeated in contexts which change their meanings. Photos of people having sex, and stacks of coins are pleasing against the title 'HAPPINESS' but become unsettling when juxtaposed with images of what seem to be torture victims and political oppression.

    Also, identical pictures appear to change 'without changing.' The impression made by a sweet rural mother shifts radically when placed before shots of filthy, impoverished children. When placed in a context of persecution, her very expression seems to change too. A sensitive viewer knows his reactions are being manipulated, sculpted by the cutting. A portrait of George Washington is distastefully inter-cut with Nazi iconography. The image seems artificially crude until the portrait is revealed as being displayed on a wall side-by-side with a Swastika (of a Klan member?).

    Just when chaos seems total, the montage maker brings a unifying theme to the forefront. Each wave of buzzword concepts has ended with the title 'ME.' 'ME' has been evolving from a happy baby. to an abused boy, to the imprisoned victims of tyrants and racists. Increasingly disturbing groupings equate the American flag, Hitler, MacArthur, the Pope, and a comic-book demon. Images of poverty, sex, and racial murder tumble forward. Repeated flags and patriotic icons drive home the message that "America is in trouble, the family is in trouble." Only when 'ME' becomes a hammer-swinging Nordic avenger (the comic-book character Thor) does the ANSWER arrive to end the ideological trauma.

    The Parallax Audition film is presented as a psychological litmus test for potential assassins. What it really is, is an extremely well-made propaganda film that functions the same way as the most infamous examples, like Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will. Through emotional intimidation, the receptive viewer moves through confusion and a desire to a position of conformity, to accept the premise of the film. George Orwell understood this completely in the 'Five Minute Hate' propaganda rallies in his 1984. Modern ad marketers understand it too.

    Consider our reactions to today's political television campaigns. Sensitive people are alarmed by the appalling attack ads with their ugly false charges and provocative, 'loaded' imagery. Confusion, hostility, and apathy are engendered. One's own viewpoint seems worthless in the suspicion that 'less sophisticated' votes are being warped wholesale by the lies in these ads. The Parallax film is frightening because we sense that in our violence-worshipping society, this audition film certainly could inspire killer - volunteers for a 'righteous' cause.

    Our reaction to the film-within-a-film in Parallax is powerlessness - if the evil Parallax Corporation is this advanced technologically, the forces of good haven't a prayer. And the political attack ads resemble a 'conspiracy' as well: to convince us that the power of their campaign is too big and too well organized to be effectively opposed. It's like a Polanski movie, where the forces of Evil are so potent, Good just quietly gives up. The aggregate effect of modern political advertising is to make us so sick of the electoral process that we stop participating, leaving the field to the ruthless and cynical opposition.

    So this is the power and meaning of the bizarre montage in The Parallax View. Back in the 1970s occasional mainstream movies were unafraid to tackle difficult, even dangerous issues. Network's vision of a society dehumanized by television can arguably be said to have come almost 100% true. Parallax's unseen conspiracies also have come to pass, depending on one's point of view. We now believe that those who control access to 'reality' can create any 'truth' they desire. Since the lines between news and editorial content and pure fiction are now completely blurred, who can tell? The Parallax Corporation controls the minds of men through the persuasion of cinema propaganda. Are we really affected by the barrage of images in our daily lives? Perhaps the lesson of the 'Audition Film' of Parallax should be that EVERY SHOW and every image we see has the potential to affect us, and that none of us is immune.

    http://www.dvdtalk.com/...

    http://www.dvdtalk.com/...

    There are ways to discriminate and get away with it: Tom Hofeller draws “exceptionally smart” redistricting maps. His objective is to "design wombs for the GOP team and tombs for the other guys,” Draper wrote.

    by anyname on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 01:54:37 AM PST

    •  Pakula (3+ / 0-)
      A President and his brother are assassinated, for what reason and by whose order I’m still not certain.-Republican Senator George Murphy, speaking in 1970.

      The killing of Robert Kennedy on June 5, 1968, essentially ended the left-wing democratic movements that had been surging throughout the decade.

      With his brother John dead, as well as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King – in April that same year – there were no other figures of equivalent stature remaining to carry the banner for the left.

      Meanwhile, the civil rights gains so celebrated now had alienated the Southern Democrats, and as a result the Republicans had been able to flip once-blue states to red. The immediate beneficiary of the shooting, of course, was Richard Nixon, who gained in 1968 what JFK had denied him in the election of 1960.

      http://www.examiner.com/...
      Excerpt

      The Incredible Montage

      Warren Beatty had gotten a close-up view of this situation. Taking time out from Hollywood, he had joined the Robert Kennedy campaign in March of 1968. Beatty had been a friend of the Kennedy family for years; John once told him that he would have preferred Beatty for the lead in PT 109, the film based on JFK’s own experiences in World War II. The role was eventually played by Cliff Robertson. (5) After the assassination, Beatty was understandably shaken. He later described the RFK assassination “as a ‘horror’ in a handwritten letter to Jean Howard, Charles Feldman’s first wife, a week later.”

      Pakula himself had already made Klute, which depended on a feeling of paranoia created largely by the claustrophobic beauty of Gordon Willis’s cinematography and the motif of a recording device that plays a conversation at irregular intervals during the film. The suspense in Klute, however, depended on a single deranged personality; by contrast, The Parallax View depicts the system itself as mad.

      Pakula commented: “We live in a Kafka-like world where you never find the evil. It permeates the society…We live in a world of secrets, a world in which we can’t even find out who is trying to destroy our society.” These “destroyers” serve the will of bureaucratic men, as nameless mercenaries operating for a private network outside the government.

      There are ways to discriminate and get away with it: Tom Hofeller draws “exceptionally smart” redistricting maps. His objective is to "design wombs for the GOP team and tombs for the other guys,” Draper wrote.

      by anyname on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 01:57:41 AM PST

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