Monday, December 31, 2012

Why Home Based Business Reviews Are Usually Neutral ...

As you might notice, almost all online Home Based Business Reviews never settles, but they are rather neutral in state. The reason for such is because Online Work or Business is ever-changing, especially when we come into the area of SEO. That is why giving close-ended phrases and reviews about it would not be a good idea. Online home based business nowadays has been increasing because people are seeing a brighter future in it rather than doing corporate ?real world? business. However, it is never perfect like any other system in this world. Whether you agree or not, it is still a bud trying to bloom, and we are all responsible on what it would turn up to.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Strangers pitch in to help find stolen dog | ... - WITI

Posted on: 2:57 pm, December 29, 2012, by Ben Handelman, updated on: 05:42pm, December 29, 2012

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MILWAUKEE ? He was stolen on Christmas Eve, but his owner?s pledge their efforts to find their 4 month old puppy are getting stronger, thanks to help from strangers.? MacGyver, an American Pit Bull Terrier was snatched from Sarah Malchow as she walked him near Hadley and Buffum on December 24th.? She describes the moment when two men ran up behind her.

?He picked me up from behind, and threw me down to the ground.? I don?t think they necessarily wanted to hurt me, but they definitely went after the dog.,? says Malchow.


MacGyver was recently adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society.? His owners say they are fearful of what could be happening to their dog.

?Being the breed that he is, it?s hard, you don?t want anything to happen to him cause he was really good,? says Malchow.

Sarah and her husband Cory Malchow have been searching far and wide for their best friend.? And they have found some unexpected help.

A complete stranger has started a Facebook page in an effort to locate the dog.

?It makes you sick to think people would take someone?s dog, so I just wanted to help in any way that I could.? Cause if that happened to me I would want a lot of help,? says Chani Schambow.

Schambow, brought her sister and husband to meet with the Malchow?s Saturday to brainstorm ways to get him back.

?If you could check it out, share with your friends, if you talk with anybody, strangers, family friends, just get the word out, that is all we are asking,? says Cory Malchow.

Already, more than 500 have ?liked? the page.? MacGyver?s owners are offering a cash reward to anyone with information that may help bring him home.

?We just want him back, unharmed. We need him home,? says Sarah Malchow.

If you have information call Milwaukee police, or 414-617-9137.


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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Local roundup: Cabrillo baseball team snaps 21-game losing streak

Tony Austin hit a double and a triple, drove in four runs and scored once as Cabrillo College's baseball team ended a 21-game losing streak with a 7-3 Coast Conference win over visiting Mission on Thursday.

Pitcher James Smith scattered 10 hits in his complete-game outing. He allowed two earned runs while striking out two batters and walking one.

Cabrillo finished with 13 hits. Jordan Scott was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Garrek Kersten had a double, two hits and scored twice, Michael Gerlach had two RBIs and Marshall Garcia scored twice.

It was the Seahawks' first win since a 9-5 decision over Hartnell on March 9.

The Seahawks [5-30 overall, 2-22 Coast Conference] are in last place in the Pacific Division. Mission [5-28, 3-21] is last in the Golden Gate Division.

Cabrillo closes the season at home Friday against Hartnell at 2 p.m.


Sam Thorne hit a solo home run and a double and finished with two RBIs as Monte Vista Christian beat host Seaside 12-9 in a windy Monterey Bay League game.

Andy Muller [4-2 overall, 3-0 MBL] went four innings for the win. Teammate Greg Burns picked up his second save this season.

Adam Daich was 3-for-4 with a double and Burns added three hits.

MVC improves to 14-7, 9-2. Seaside falls to 9-12-1, 5-6.

San Lorenzo Valley outlasted Santa Cruz

3-2 in a 11-inning battle between two Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League teams.

The Cougars' Rick Alves led off the bottom of the 11th with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, and later scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Zach Settles.

Tyler Gilbert picked up the win in relief, pitching four hitless innings. Zach Settles started, going seven innings and allowing one earned run. Collin Ferguson started for the Cardinals and allowed two earned runs over seven innings.

SLV [9-8, 3-5 SCCAL] plays today at home against Harbor at 4 p.m. Santa Cruz [10-11, 5-3] plays at Scotts Valley at 4 p.m.

Watsonville narrowly lost 4-3 to MBL co-leader Monterey in 10 innings.

Nolan Rackley pitched the final two innings for Watsonville [1-9 MBL]. He allowed one earned run and took the loss, while striking out five batters.

Paul Lecce hit 2-for-4 with a double for the Toreadores, who improve to 9-2 in league and currently sit atop the MBL standings with MVC.

Michael Smith pitched eight innings, and hit a home run for the Wildcatz, who play at MVC at 4 p.m. Tuesday.


Kelly Linkletter went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two doubles and a run scored as Santa Cruz beat host St. Francis 14-0 in SCCAL play.

Samantha Rogers picked up the win for the Cardinals [1-4 SCCAL], giving up one hit without walking any batters in five innings.

Laura Pezzini had the only hit for the Sharks [1-6 SCCAL].

Alyssa Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored for Santa Cruz, and Jade Lowery added two RBIs and scored three runs. Audrey Smith went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run for the Cardinals, who host Harbor at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Breana Kostreba went 2-for-3 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored to help visiting Aptos hand Soquel its first loss in SCCAL play 5-2.

Pitcher Angela Martin picked up the win for the Mariners [6-1 SCCAL] giving up one earned run and walking no batters over seven innings.

Sydney Hall and Katelyn Robb each went 2-for-3 for the Knights [7-1 SCCAL].

Jackie Antuna went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Mariners, who play next at Valley Christian at 4 p.m. Saturday in a nonleague game.

Jillian Balli pitched a full game with six strikeouts and giving up two walks, but Watsonville came up short against visiting Monterey 2-1 in an MBL game.

Teresa Medrano went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple for Watsonville while teammate Felicia Balli added a double of her own. Alekxis Mondragon added 2-for-3 hitting for the Wildcatz, who host Seaside at 4 p.m. Monday.


Aptos ran away with the victory in its SCCAL meet against Scotts Valley 98-40.

The Mariners [6-0] had a pair of multi-event winners: Marissa Ferrante won the 1,600-meter race [5 minutes, 7.40 seconds] and the 3,200 [11:44], and Jessica Mattos won the discus with a toss of 92 feet, 5 inches and the shot put [28-3].

Soquel and visiting Santa Cruz picked up wins in an SCCAL tri-meet.

The Cardinals beat SLV 88-39 and St. Francis 112-2, and Soquel beat Harbor 83-35.

Elle Sanders won the 1,600 [5:23] and the 800 [2:24.67] and teammate Emily Hightower won the 100 hurdles [17.32] and the 300 hurdles [49.85].

Bonny Rivers of Harbor won the 200 [26.51] and the long jump [18-6?].


Aptos and visiting Scotts Valley tied 68-68 in the teams' SCCAL regular-season finale.

Mitch Moriarty and Sean Goetzel both won two events for the Mariners. Moriarty won the 1,600 [15.44] and the 800 [2:02.66].

Goetzel won the 110 hurdles [15.44] and the 300 hurdles [41.47].

Scotts Valley's Alex Weitzel won both the triple jump [41-3?] and the pole vault [12-6].

Santa Cruz dominated in a quad-meet with St. Francis, SLV, Soquel and Harbor.

The Cardinals beat SLV 79-56 and St. Francis 110-18 while Soquel tied with Harbor 61-61.

Taylor Kientzel, a Cardinal senior, won the long jump [22-2?] and the triple jump [42-2?]. Teammate Daoud Anthony won the 100 [11.31] and the 200 [11.31], and Caleb Rabadan won the 110 hurdles [16.03] and the 300 hurdles [41.40].

SLV's Allan Hetke won the 1,600 [4:32.72] and the 800 [2:02.70].


Priscilla Meza, a former Watsonville High and Cabrillo College player, is trying out for the Mexican national team this week at Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Mexico City.

A 5-foot-9 midfielder and defender, Meza tried out for representatives from Mexico two months ago in San Jose and was extended an invitation to tryouts on April 21.

Things are going well for Meza, her personal coach Hillel Rom said Thursday, noting Meza will travel with the team for a short tour of Japan next week. Meza will return to Watsonville on May 12.

"I think she's got a better shot at making this team than she did the last one," said Rom, referring to Meza's tryout with FC Gold Pride last year. "She's tall, taller than most girls in Mexico, she's strong, has a great shot and is a year older."


St. Francis High senior Jacob Miller, a standout running back and linebacker who was named to the 2009 Sentinel All-County team, has committed to play at University of Redlands next season. Redlands is an NCAA Division III program.


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Quentin Tarantino Reveals Possible 'Basterds' Spin-Off, 'Killer Crow'

A few months ago, Quentin Tarantino told Total Film that he believes "Inglourious Basterds" and the recently released "Django Unchained" "bespeak a trilogy," but that he wasn't quite sure what the third leg would be. Well, he might have an idea now. In an interview with The Root (via Empire), Tarantino revealed an unused storyline [...]


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

apollo architects and associates: grow - a family home in downtown ...

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?grow ? by apollo architects & associates
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situated on an extremely small plot measuring only 65 sqm, ?grow? by apollo architects & associates is a downtown tokyo residence conceived
for a husband-and-wife designer couple.

on the ground floor, a cockpit-like office at the entrance which runs along the east side of the home, neighbors the garage,
separated by a single pane of glass which visually expands the narrow space. when the garage is open to its fullest extent,
it creates a sense of unity between the street and interior. a small square white rock covered courtyard located at the back left corner
of the garage fills with diffused light which floods down from the upper levels, projecting a sense of tranquility into the adjoining master bedroom.

a staircase which spirals from the ground floor to the penthouse leads upwards to the second floor outfitted with a large changing room
and sleeping quarters for the client?s three children ? this area is divided by a curtain. two large doors which open out over the courtyard
from the bathroom allow one to enjoy a relaxing ?outdoor? bath complete with fresh air and sunlight.

the third floor floor houses the dwelling?s main communal areas such as the kitchen and living room. high skylights installed along the walls
and the ceiling ? which is sloped as a result of the setback limit imposed by the city ? provide a lot of natural light into the home,
making it feel open and airy despite its small area. these windows also offer panoramic views of the sky and downtown area with built-in furniture
covered in tatami mats lining the south and east facing walls of the family room. a balcony extends from the kitchen where the residents
are able to grow their own plants, allowing them to prepare food in an open environment, while a rooftop garden offers an additional green oasis
for the owners in the middle of the city.



the compact site measures 65 sqm
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the third floor family room features built-in furniture covered in tatami mats
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north facing view of the third floor which features sloping ceilings as a result of the city?s setback limits
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east facing wall
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general view of the third floor kitchen and family room
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a door in the kitchen opens to a balcony where the owners can grow plants
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a green roof offers an urban oasis for the residents
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a spiral staircase leads from the ground floor all the way to the top of the home
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second floor bathroom
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large doors from the bathroom which open over the courtyard offer an environment in which to have an outdoor bath.
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a long narrow office neighbours the garage, separated by a pane of glass
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view into the garage from the street
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garage and office space by night
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?grow? by night
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third floor lighting by night
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first floor plan




second floor plan




third floor plan
















south and east elevation





north and west elevation



project outline


architecture: satoshi kurosaki/apollo architects & associates
shinjuku ward tokyo
date of completion: july 2012
principal use: private housing
structure: concrete
site area: 38.37m2
total floor area: 124.33m2 (43.61m2/1f, 38.37m2/2f,38.66m2/3f,3.69m2/ph)
structural engineer: kenta masaki
mechanical engineer: zenei shimada
material information
exterior finish: exposed concrete
floor: wood flooring
wall: synthetic resin emulsion paint
ceiling: exposed concrete


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Friday, December 21, 2012

Texas Insider ? ?It's Being in favor of Legal Immigration, and Leading ...

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. ?

?I fear that the immigration issue is kind of the gateway issue. As long as the Republican immigration message is harsh and unyielding, I don?t think you?re going to get people to listen to you.?

? Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who drew a standing ovation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., last summer, noting?she is also optimistic about the party?s ?diversifying voices,? including Rubio, Jindal?& Jeb Bush.

?It?s not just being opposed to illegal immigration ? it?s being in favor of legal immigration, and leading with that. It?s a more inclusive message.?

? Former Republican National Party Chairman Ed Gillespie, sending a more inviting signal to Hispanics.

?You face the grave danger of an Obama generation of young people who decide that they?re Democrats for the next 40 years,? says Newt Gingrich.????

?People underestimate how big the gap is between how the country has been evolving, and the way our leadership and our consultants and our professionals think about politics.

?That?s part of why virtually all of them who gave a prediction for Election Day were just plain wrong. And that includes me.?

Newt Gingrich, dismissing much of the GOP post-election gestures as lip service, recommending Republicans have a much deeper problem than they think.

?In private conversations with Republicans, you hear it,? she said. But, she warned, ?The people will resonate with a message that?s genuine, not one that is constructed for electoral purposes,? says Rice, now a Stanford University professor:.


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The happiest and saddest countries in the world

Gallup Inc. asked roughly 1,000 people in each of 148 countries the following questions: Did you feel well-respected yesterday? Were you treated with respect all day yesterday? Did you laugh or smile a lot yesterday? Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday? Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment?

Here are the 10 the countries where the highest percentage of people answered "yes" to all five questions, and the nine countries with the lowest percentages:


Panama, 85 percent

Paraguay, 85 percent

El Salvador, 84 percent

Venezuela, 84 percent

Trinidad and Tobago, 83 percent

Thailand, 83 percent

Guatemala, 82 percent

Philippines, 82, percent

Ecuador, 81 percent

Costa Rica, 81 percent


Singapore, 46 percent

Armenia, 49 percent

Iraq, 50 percent

Georgia, 52 percent

Yemen, 52 percent

Serbia, 52 percent

Belarus, 53 percent

Lithuania, 54 percent

Madagascar, 54 percent


Source: Gallup Inc.,

Associated Press


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Senior Administration Officials Tell Biz Leaders Boehner's Plan B Could Lead Nation Off Fiscal Cliff

Senior Obama administration officials met with business leaders to argue that House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" could put the nation on a path to go over the fiscal cliff, a source familiar with the meeting told ABC News this afternoon.

The effort is just the latest example of the Obama administration trying to urge the Republican Party's supporters in the business community to urge its Tea Party side to be more willing to compromise with Democrats.

The Obama administration officials present were chief of staff Jack Lew, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, and Office of Management and Budget director Jeff Zients.

The business leaders present were Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; former Michigan Gov. John Engler of the Business Roundtable; former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty of the Financial Services Roundtable; Rob Nichols of the Financial Services Forum; Marion Blakey of the Aerospace Industries Association; Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens; president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers Jay Timmons; and Dan Danner of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof turns Bahrain airport detention into Twitter event

New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof used Twitter on Monday night to outfox a Middle Eastern government he suspects of human-rights abuses.

The journalist arrived in Bahrain on Monday intending to do some on-the-ground reporting about the Bahraini government?s alleged use of excessive force in quashing peaceful protests. Upon his arrival authorities immediately detained Kristof at the airport for several hours.

?Kristof has written a lot about human rights abuses by Bahrain, an ally of the U.S., so that's why he was denied a visa at the airport,? Sree Sreenivasan reported Monday for the tech website CNET. ?This happened despite the fact that U.S. citizens can transit through the kingdom without a visa.?

But Kristof ? whose Twitter account @NickKristof has 1.36 million followers ? got the last laugh by improvising on-the-fly, live tweeting about his detainment in order to shine a light on Bahraini human-rights abuses. Indeed, he logged 31 tweets and 12 retweets during a six-hour period commencing around noon MST on Monday ? the overall effect of which both conveyed Kristof?s rapier indignation while also reassuring the rest of the world the journalist was not in any imminent physical danger.

?Kristof kept his little plight in perspective, pointing out in a number of tweets that Bahraini citizens are subject to worse punishments than getting held up at the airport,? Josh Feldman wrote for the media news website Mediaite. ?At one point, he remarked that people are ?feeling way too sorry for me,? since he?s not being arrested or anything, he?s just stuck at the airport and tweeting from a Starbucks.?

A couple examples of Kristof infusing humor into otherwise informational tweets:

? "My worst airport detention was Iran, accused of spying. Congo & Sudan also unpleasant detentions. Bahrain piece of cake!"

? "I'm on a morning flight out. They say they'll give (me) my passport back at gate. They're very pleasant as autocrats go"

? "If Bahrain kicks me out of the country for trying to cover human rights, they should at least buy a ticket. Instead, they make me pay."

In the midst of his detention, Kristof found enough time to email Politico: ?I?m ok ? as you can tell by the fact that I?m on line. They?re very polite, and they acknowledge that Americans don?t need a visa if they have an onward flight in less than 72 hours. But they say that my name is on a blacklist. I?m being evicted in a morning flight. ... They just said it was because of past things. But it?s clearly because of my past coverage of Bahrain. I was here when they first opened fire on peaceful protesters, and then again at the end of last year. I did a video from Bahrain last December that they really didn?t like either.?

After detaining Kristof for approximately six hours, Bahrain officials ultimately made him board an outbound flight and leave the country.

Jamshid Ghazi Askar is a graduate of BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School and member of the Utah State Bar. Contact him at or 801-236-6051.


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Reality TV's biggest jaw-droppers of 2012


Jenelle of "Teen Mom 2," Honey Boo Boo, and Conda Britt of "Biggest Loser."

By Anna Chan and Ree Hines, TODAY

Sometimes you just can't script the bizarre things that happen on television. And thanks to reality TV programming -- whether the shows focus on lifestyle or competitions -- the "Oh no they didn't!" moments are seemingly endless. That was certainly the case this year, especially with TLC's introduction to Honey Boo Boo and her clan.?

Though the little tyke and her family generated plenty of talk, they weren't the only ones who left viewers laughing, scratching their heads or fuming.?

'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'
Nothing could have fully prepared reality TV audiences for the reality of Honey Boo Boo and her family. But ready or not, when the show premiered in August, it was time to redneckognize the fact the bunch wasn't going away any time soon. For some, the fun-loving family's mere prime-time presence made for one great big jaw-dropper. But for those who watched all of the roadkill-munching and mud-flopping action, there was one simple moment that topped them all: When Mama June taught us all to make "sketti." The ingredients? Topping the pasta and meat is a mixture of a massive glob of butter(-like spread) and ketchup -- microwaved to perfection.

'Teen Mom 2'
Amber who? Original "Teen Mom" Amber Portwood made her share of big mistakes prior to putting herself in jail, but rather than that being the end of law-breaking tales for MTV's franchise, "Teen Mom 2's" Jenelle Evans is following in Amber's footsteps and making truly unbelievable decisions when it comes to time behind bars. Some might say she's been even more frustrating to watch than Amber. Case in point? On the Nov. 26 episode, after learning that her probation officer is offering her a 16-day jail sentence instead of a 45-day sentence for violating probation, Jenelle tells her attorney that she can't start serving the day she is supposed to. Her excuse? No, not life-saving surgery. Not child-care issues. What, then? Second row seats for a Ke$ha concert. We kid you not. Jenelle even got "all these feathers" in her hair just to go see her "idol"! (Check out the young mom's 2009 "Tik Tok" video.)

'Toddlers & Tiaras'
It seems safe to say that most moms (and dads, for that matter) don't ever want to see their precious little kids puffing on cigarettes. But then again, most moms aren't trying to win a costumed beauty pageant at any cost. Destiny's mom, however, was. "Toddlers & Tiaras" viewers must have been as shocked as the pageant judges were when they heard Lisa Christian tell her tyke, "Don't forget to smoke!" before the wee one took the stage with a prop cigarette to portray Sandy from "Grease." One judge spoke for everyone when she said of Lisa, "What is she thinking?!" And that was nothing compared to what prosecutor-turned-talk-host Nancy Grace had to say when she booked Lisa on her show.

'The Biggest Loser'
There was no shortage of gasp-worthy moments on "Biggest Loser" this year. In fact, most of those moments centered on outspoken and outrageous contestant Conda Britt. But the participant some viewers (and fellow contestants) called a bully only played a bit part in real the shocker of the season -- the walkout. Yes, the people who were lucky enough to have landed a coveted spot on the weight-loss ranch decided that the reality show just wasn't "fair" (due to an all-too-common twist in the game) and threatened to walk right off the show if things continued as planned. Even more surprising? Two "Losers" actually made good on that threat and threw away their chances to make it to the finals and compete for the $250,000 grand prize or any other prize -- or even the right to just step up on the scales on finale night.

'Project Runway'
There's usually some griping when "Project Runway" asks its designers to create fab looks for non-model-sized women, but that moaning is generally directed at the task. Not so in season 10. Designer Ven Budhu made his frustration known by making jabs at his size 10 model, Terri Herlihy, who was there because her friend submitted her for a glam makeover. After what seemed like endless comments about her size, Terri was fighting back tears, and angry viewers took to social media to blast the designer hopeful for his behavior. After the show aired, Terri told The Clicker just how horrible the experience was, calling it "adult bullying at its best." The show's mentor, Tim Gunn, was also appalled by Ven. The fashion guru said that the editing was "especially kind" to the designer, adding,?"He was especially atrocious."

'Dancing With the Stars'
Boo! Hiss! Those aren't exactly the sounds one expects to hear in the glam and glitz-filled ballroom of "Dancing With the Stars," but for a couple of brief moments in the show's 14th season, that's just what an angry audience delivered all the same. It first happened when head judge Len Goodman and the gang decided to follow up a round of big praise with a round of tiny scores for an excellent team paso doble performance. The in-house crowd let the esteemed panel know just what they thought of that call, as they did again when the judges failed to give Melissa Gilbert and ballroom bad boy Maksim Chmerkovskiy their fair due later in the show.

'Dancing With the Stars' -- again!
Some shows just deliver more surprises than a single entry can cover. Case in point? The second "Dancing With the Stars" season of 2012 might just have topped its own previous ballroom boos when the all-star cast had to say so long to former Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan. History repeated itself for the Disney star as she left the bash in week six, following a strong performance, just as she did back season five. Viewers weren't the only ones shocked. Judges Carrie Ann Inaba clutched her gut when the results were announced, while her fellow panelist looked on slack jawed.

Which reality TV moment did you find most shocking in 2012? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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daniel burkaDaniel Burka, who co-founded mobile incubator Milk, has joined Google Ventures as a design partner. In a tweet earlier this morning, Burka noted that this is another chance for him to work with his Milk co-founder Kevin Rose ? before Milk, Burka was a designer at Digg and a co-founder at Pownce (Rose co-founded both).


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Analysis: Loss of defense hawks from Congress won't aid reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The death of Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye marks another significant reduction in Congress' troop of defense champions, but experts say the Pentagon will still face big obstacles any time it tries to scrap arms programs or cut military bases.

Inouye, who chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee, died on Monday. Other high-profile hawks are leaving Congress in coming weeks after losing elections or announcing their plans to retire.

Among those departing are Senators Dick Lugar, an Indiana Republican, and Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, as well as Representative Norm Dicks, a Democrat from Washington sometimes dubbed the "congressman from Boeing."

At first glance, the changes - coupled with mounting pressure to cut U.S. military spending - might seem to offer new life to efforts by top Pentagon officials to retire aging weapons and reduce waste.

But analysts, defense officials and industry executives say the changing of the guard is not likely to make much of a difference. They say lawmakers keen to preserve jobs and funding for their home districts will continue to resist calls for shrinking the size of military forces or scaling back installations.

For years, top Pentagon leaders have sought to retire aging C-5A transport planes and other older weapons only to face opposition from lawmakers concerned about losing jobs.

Congress has ultimately allowed military leaders to cancel a few, selected programs in recent years, but House and Senate negotiators on Tuesday unveiled a compromise fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill that added $1.7 billion to the Pentagon budget requested by President Barack Obama.

Among other things, the measure blocked the Navy's plans to retire three cruisers to lower operating expenses and rejected the Air Force's attempt to drop one model of Northrop Grumman's high-flying unmanned Global Hawk spy plane.

It also added money for Abrams tanks built by General Dynamics Corp and BAE System's Bradley fighting vehicles, and scaled back Air Force plans to retire warplanes used by National Guard and reserve units.

Those actions were no surprise, said Lexington Institute analyst Loren Thompson: "The changes made ... to the Pentagon's budget request demonstrate that the political system is geared to spending money rather than saving it."

That trend was likely to continue, said Thompson, although the expected nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to replace Defense Secretary Leon Panetta could offer a glimmer of hope for the Pentagon's drive to reform the way it buys arms.

"What Chuck Hagel brings to the table is a lot of political experience and an open mind that will not resist new ways of doing business," Thompson said.

Chris Hellman, with the nonprofit National Priorities Project, said Hagel's expected nomination was intriguing, but he said the loss of some defense hawks would probably not affect the status quo.

"The nature of the process works against reform," Hellman told Reuters. "I have no confidence that Inouye or the others will be replaced by people who are fiscal conservatives or Pentagon skeptics."

One senior industry executive said the lawmakers tapped for key roles on defense appropriations or authorization committees were precisely those who represented states with big military facilities or arms manufacturing plants.

The legacy of stalwarts like John Murtha, a late congressman from Pennsylvania and former House Appropriations Committee chairman who was famous for his defense earmarks, and Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, who headed the Senate Appropriations Committee for many years, lived on, said the official. "They're elected to bring stuff home."

Congress has not killed a weapons program in recent memory, he noted, and nearly all program cancellations that have survived were initiated by the Pentagon.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney learned about congressional defiance when he was defense secretary in the early 1990s and tried unsuccessfully to cancel the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc Bell Helicopter unit.

More recently, lawmakers responded to strong lobbying efforts by Boeing by repeatedly adding funding for C-17 transport planes despite the Air Force's adamant assertions that it had more than enough cargo- and troop-carrying capacity.

For years, they also funded a second engine built by General Electric for Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, a move proponents said was aimed at maintaining competitive pressure on the main engine builder, Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

Jim McAleese, a Virginia-based defense consultant, said the Pentagon ultimately succeeded in ending funding for the C-17 and GE engine, as well as the Marine Corps' troubled Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program run by General Dynamics, but then lost the battle on items like Global Hawk and other programs.

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has racked up some successes and was prepared to continue the fight, he said.

"It is clear that the department is very focused on acquisition reform ... but that hasn't stopped Congress from opposing any moves that would reduce force structure," said McAleese. "At the end of the day, all politics is local."

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; editing by Prudence Crowther)


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Xbox Live welcomes Vimeo and AOL On, boosts Verizon FiOS offering for Gold subscribers

DNP Vimeo launches on XBOX Live, brings another video service to the dashboard

A host of new Xbox Live apps came online for Gold subscribers today, including Vimeo and AOL On. Vimeo users will have the ability to share videos through Xbox Live and Facebook, but the new app may also be preparation for the official launch of the streaming site's pay-to-view service, available to all Vimeo Pro members in early 2013. AOL On also brings its library of over 380,000 videos, including content from HuffPost Entertainment, Reuters, CNET, Moviefone, Entertainment Tonight and yours truly. Lastly, Verizon FiOS users will now see 75 channels on Xbox Live, including 49 new additions such as AMC HD and NFL Network. All apps can be controlled via Kinect voice and gestures, though you may need more than zombie-like reflexes to flip to the Walking Dead.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

School Security Expert - Cleveland news & weather from WJW

Posted on: 11:07 pm, December 14, 2012, by Suzanne Stratford, updated on: 11:09pm, December 14, 2012

CLEVELAND? School security experts have been overwhelmed with requests for information following the massacre Friday morning in Newtown, Connecticut.

26 people including 20 children, were killed when a gunman entered a kindergarten class at an elementary school and began shooting.

Ken Trump, President of National School Safety & Security Services based in Cleveland said he learned of the shootings while he was volunteering at school with his children on the playground.

?With 25 years plus in the school security business and it still feels different as a parent,? said Trump.

Ken immediately began considering all of the possible scenarios surrounding the onslaught, as he became inundated with questions.

Many people have been wondering if the deaths could?ve been prevented.

Ken says maybe, but there are definitely ways to reduce the risk.

It starts with communication and education.

According to Ken, the greatest concern and threat to elementary school children involves domestic troubles.

Unlike high school shootings where a troubled or angry teen may shoot students, young children are often harmed by estranged parents or mentally ill family members.

In Conn., the suspected shooter 20-year-old Adam Lanza may have killed his mother Nancy Lanza before shooting the children.

The gunman is also dead.

Ken says everyone has a responsibility to report unstable people in their lives to school officials so that they are aware of the threat and take appropriate actions if the person shows up at the school.

?We have a lot of people with undiagnosed untreated mental health issues. The economy is putting an enormous amount of stress on families, divorce, substance abuse- all these issues are going on in our society,? said Trump.

Police officers, metal detectors and cameras are fine; but Ken says an alert, well-trained staff with many parental volunteers is still the best defense.

Right after the Columbine massacre in 1999, it was top priority, but Ken says since then financial cuts have caused cutbacks.

?We see counselors and psychologists and social workers cut across the country,? said Trump.

Ken says people need to watch out for the ?lone wolf? who indiscriminately kills innocent victims.

Ken says, ?The lone wolf factor is occurring in churches, in malls, in movie theaters and it?s unrealistic to think it can?t happen in our schools.?

Most importantly Ken says now is not the time to panic.

It is time to talk to your child and their school officials and see how you can volunteer or help.

?We have to focus on the fundamentals,? said Trump.

Read more on the Connecticut school shooting.


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Israeli FM charged with breach of trust

JERUSALEM (AP) ? Israel's attorney general has indicted the country's powerful foreign minister for alleged breach of trust, but decided not to file a number of more serious charges in a fraud and money-laundering case.

While Avigdor Lieberman escaped the most serious accusations against him, Thursday's decision could still jeopardize his political career and throw the Israeli political system into upheaval on the eve of elections.

The investigation into Lieberman's personal business dealings goes back more than a decade. Prosecutors suspected he illicitly received money from businessmen and laundered it through straw companies.

But they apparently decided they had insufficient evidence for a conviction. Instead, a statement says he was charged with receiving official material from the investigation against him from the former Israeli ambassador to Belarus.

Lieberman had no immediate comment.(equals)


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Chevron nears $150 million settlement in Brazil spill case

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Chevron Corp would be willing to pay about 300 million reais ($150 million) to settle lawsuits in Brazil over an offshore oil spill last year, a senior executive and a federal prosecutor said on Friday.

The talks over a possible settlement reinforce expectations of a swift resolution for Chevron, the No. 2 U.S. oil company, and its drilling contractor Transocean Ltd .

"We could have an agreement before Christmas," Gisele Porto, the prosecutor responsible for the case, said after a public hearing.

She said she is drafting a settlement for a total of 311 million reais.

The companies face up to $20 billion in damages and some of their executives face jail terms of up to 31 years in the largest environmental prosecution in Brazil's history. Porto said a judge is unlikely to accept the steep fines sought by the prosecutor who first filed the charges.

Courts have also overturned drilling bans against Chevron and Transocean in recent months, allowing the companies to resume operations in Brazil, home to some of the world's largest offshore oil discoveries of the past decade.

Using settlements following larger spills in the United States like the Exxon Valdez and the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico as a benchmark, Chevron lawyers calculated environmental damages of 30 million reais would be reasonable in the Brazil case.

Chevron would be willing to pay three times that in damages, said Rafael Jaen Williamson, director of corporate affairs in Brazil, along with other measures to prevent future spills, bringing the cost of a settlement to around 300 million reais.

Prosecutors initially sought far larger penalties for the 3,600-barrel spill in the Frade Field northeast of Rio de Janeiro in November 2011, although the spill was far less severe than other recent offshore accidents.

No one was hurt in the Frade accident. No oil reached shore, and there was no discernable environmental damage, according to Brazil's petroleum regulator, the ANP.

More than 5 million barrels of oil were spilled in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in BP Plc's Macondo field. Eleven people died in the accident, and beaches and fishing grounds were polluted.

On November 15, BP agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to criminal misconduct charges in the United States.

(Reporting by Jeb Blount; Writing by Brad Haynes; Editing by Grant McCool)


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Yahoo adds 1 director as 2 board members exit

(AP) ? Yahoo is adding a new director and parting ways with two other board members in the latest shake-up of the Internet company's hierarchy.

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin joins Yahoo's board while Intuit Inc. CEO Brad Smith and Weather Channel CEO David Kenny step down.

The changes announced Thursday pare Yahoo's board to 11 directors. All but one of them, former accounting executive Sue James, have joined Yahoo's board this year.

The overhaul is part of an effort to bring in new ideas as Yahoo Inc. tries to revive revenue growth and snap itself out of a malaise that has left its stock price well below where it stood five years ago.

Yahoo hired former Google Inc. executive Marissa Mayer five months ago to orchestrate the turnaround effort. She joined Yahoo's board when she was named the company's CEO in July.

Levchin, 37, is the first new director to be named since Mayer's arrival.

After getting rich from PayPal's $1.5 billion sale to eBay Inc. a decade ago, Levchin started a photo-sharing service called Slide. He added to his wealth by selling Slide to Google for $179 million two years ago.

Levchin stayed a Google briefly before leaving the Internet search leader to start a data-mining company called HVF.

"Max is someone I've admired throughout my career for his phenomenal sense for great products and keen focus on user experiences," Mayer, also 37, said in a statement.

Levchin is the fourth director recruited by Daniel Loeb, who manages a hedge fund that ranks among Yahoo's largest shareholders. Loeb uncovered a misstatement on the official biography of Yahoo's then-CEO, Scott Thompson, that led to Thompson's departure earlier this year after just four months on the job.

After Thompson had rejected Loeb's attempts to gain a seat on Yahoo's board, the company relented and agreed to allow him to nominate up to four people. Besides himself, Loeb picked turnaround specialist Harry Wilson and former MTV executive Michael Wolf before adding Levchin to the list.

Yahoo, which is based in Sunnyvale, Calif., said Smith and Kenny are stepping down to focus on running their own companies.

Smith joined Yahoo's board in 2010 and Kenney followed in 2011. Both men participated in the complicated negotiations that culminated three months ago in Yahoo selling half its stake in rapidly growing Chinese Internet company Alibaba Group Holdings, generating a windfall of $7.6 billion, before taxes.

Kenny also was once considered to be a candidate to be Yahoo's CEO after the company fired Carol Bartz as its leader in September 2011.

Associated Press


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Carly Rae Jepsen Narrows 'Crazy' 2012 Down To Her Five Favorite Moments

Between crowd-surfing at the Europe Music Awards and two Grammy nods, the 'Call Me Maybe' singer has had plenty of standout moments.
By Emily Blake

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