Charles Townes, Who Won Nobel for Lasers, Dies at 99

Charles Townes with wife, Frances after his sculpture was unveiled in his hometown, Greenville, SC (The Greenville News/Heidi Heilbrunn, via AP)

NYT – Charles H. Townes, a visionary physicist whose research led to the development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure time precisely, survey […]

Boehner’s Treason?

Is the Speaker of the House loyal to the United States? Reader Supported News [1.25.15]   Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to […]

CSE tracks millions of downloads daily: Snowden documents

Global sites for sharing movies, photos, music targeted in mass anti-terror surveillance.

CBC News, By Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira & Dave Seglins, January 28

Canada’s electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and […]

East Coast offshore drilling proposed for first time

Five-year offshore drilling plan to include Atlantic coast as well as Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.

Al Jazeera, By Renee Lewis, January 27

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has released a draft proposal of its five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing, which includes opening up areas of the Atlantic Ocean that have […]

Syria gripped by hostage drama, rocket strike

Deutsche Welle (Reuters, AP), January 28

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon warned the President Bashar al-Assad’s government against further rocket attacks on Wednesday as the focus remained on a Japanese hostage held in Syria by Islamic State (IS) extremists.

Israel evacuated its Mount Hermon ski resort on the Golan Heights on Tuesday after at least […]

Romney, ahead of 2016 run, now calls Utah home, talks openly about Mormon influence

Washington Post, By Philip Rucker, January 27

Holladay, UT — After losing two straight presidential races, Mitt Romney packed up his home in Massachusetts and journeyed west to Utah, building a mansion here in the foothills of the Wasatch Range that has served as his sanctuary from defeat.

Here in the Salt Lake Valley, first […]

Gov. Mike Pence’s state-run news outlet will compete with media

The Indy Star, By Tom LoBianco, January 27

Gov. Mike Pence is starting a state-run taxpayer-funded news outlet that will make pre-written news stories available to Indiana media, as well as sometimes break news about his administration, according to documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star.

Pence is planning in late February to launch “Just IN,” […]

Budget for Koch-backed network: almost $1 billion for 2016

AP, By Philip Elliot & Steve Peoples, January 27

Washington – Flexing its financial might, the political machine backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch on Monday told its allies that spending across its conservative network would approach $1 billion ahead of 2016’s elections.

The stunning sum from Freedom Partners would dwarf expected spending from […]

Millions of cars tracked across US in ‘massive’ real-time spying program

American Civil Liberties Union warns scanning of license plates by Drug Enforcement Agency is building a repository of all drivers’ movements.

The Guardian, By Rory Carroll, January 26

Los Angeles – The United States government is tracking the movement of vehicles around the country in a clandestine intelligence-gathering programme that has been condemned as a […]

Northeast “Blizzard” Open Thread

So much for snow starting this afternoon. It’s here now- though not the blizzard.

Post anything storm connected (rants, songs, cartoons, pictures) while you watch it fall or laugh at us stuck in the Northeast!

China’s Louisiana Purchase: Who’s building a methanol plant on the bayou?

Al Jazeera investigates ties between Louisiana and the Chinese government in a proposed $1.85 billion methanol plant.

Al Jazeera, By Massoud Hayoun, January 26

This article is part one of a three-part series on China’s role in redeveloping southern Louisiana called China’s Louisiana Purchase.

St. James Parish, LA — A prominent Chinese tycoon and politician […]

7 Keys to Understanding the Greek Elections

originally posted Jan 23

Huffington Post, By Pavlos Tsimas, January 22

On Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in Greece when the ballots are closing and the first exit polls are released in Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, London, Frankfurt and New York, all the political and financial decision-makers — and people who assist in making such decisions […]

Amazon Prime only $72 tomorrow only, new subscribers only

OK, I wouldn’t post this, but nymole wanted anything, so here goes… Amazon Prime Will Be $72 Tomorrow, Here’s What That Gets You Usually Amazon Prime is $99/year, but tomorrow they are having a special sale for new members only. If you don’t already have it, now’s the time. Even $72 for a year sounds […]

Catblogging: NewsCats

Deflation (footballs, economies, congress…whatever)

U.S.-led forces launch 31 air strikes in Iraq, Syria

Reuters, By Doina Chiacu, January 22

Washington – U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets with 21 air strikes in Iraq and 10 in Syria since Wednesday, the American military said.

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