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11 years ago @ - growl · 0 replies · +3 points

Carlos Slim, world’s richest man, gets richer supplying ‘Obamaphones’ to poor

A Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors are both getting even richer from the U.S. government program that supplies so-called "Obamaphones" to the poor.

Carlos Slim, who has an estimated net worth of $70 billion, owns a controlling stake in TracFone, which makes $10 per phone for each device it provides to poor Americans. The company, whose president and CEO is Frederick "F.J." Pollak, also makes money from extra minutes and data plans it sells to subscribers who get phones and service through the government's Lifeline program. The program, which began in the mid-1980s, has exploded in the past four years after being expanded from supplying landlines to the poor to providing cellular phones.

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11 years ago @ - growl · 0 replies · +2 points

Danny Glover comments on the loss of Hugo Chavez's opposition (almost 50% of population). "I think they are beginning to
understand 'change,' that prosperity has a different meaning now."

11 years ago @ - growl · 0 replies · +1 points

Rallies and vigils have been held across Pakistan in support of a 14-year-old activist for girls’ education who was left seriously wounded in a targeted shooting. Malala Yousafzai was on her way home from school in an area of northwest Pakistan when militants stopped the vehicle she was traveling in. One man reportedly asked for Malala by name and then shot her in the head and neck. The Pakistani Taliban has since claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it targeted her speaking out against them as well as against "Islam and sharia." Malala has been celebrated worldwide for opposing the Taliban’s efforts to stop girls from attending school. On Wednesday, hundreds of people gathered in several Pakistani cities to condemn the attack.

Tahia Abdulla: "There’s nothing more cowardly than for grown men to be attacking a small little girl of 14 years old. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms, and I think there can be nothing more cowardly than this."

Malala is said to be in stable condition after undergoing surgery to remove a bullet from her skull. The Pakistani government has offered a bounty of more than $100,000 for the capture of those who shot her.

I'm sure that if an Israel gets a hold of this Pakistani Taliban shooter before they do, there will be HELL to pay for
that Israeli solder. The Pakistani people will be protesting in the streets! "LALALALALALA Kill the jews!!"
The "Democracy Now," website will report "Pakistani man killed by Israeli solder while riding his bike to the market."

11 years ago @ - growl · 0 replies · +2 points

Jamie Diamond, CFO of J.P.Morgan -

"The BRT, the business CEO's, were coming down saying, "what can we do to help?" There were councils, there
were meetings. You know, the BRT for the first time, which surprised me when the question was asked. DO YOU
WANT UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE FOR U.S. CITIZENS 80% of them said, yes, which surprised me. The BRT is
a 120 or so fairly big companies. Yeah, there was a huge effort to pull together and make this work, whatever it took.
But, it didn't happen, it still could happen. My attitude is LETS DO IT AGAIN...LETS TRY AGAIN."

11 years ago @ - growl · 0 replies · 0 points

Ugh. This shit gets worse by the day!

I'm glad this topic is a priority this election season!! lol.

11 years ago @ - growl · 0 replies · +3 points

Dean of Qur’anic Studies Gaza University: Islam seeks to Conquer Spain and the Vatican

This is also inline with...

Muslim interests propose to build a 15 story mosque in Manhattan towering over the site of the 9/11 atrocity just 600 feet away. They would name the monument “Cordoba House.”

The original Great Mosque of Cordoba was built in the 10th century in Cordoba, Spain, the capital of the Muslim caliphate of al Andalus, ruling over the conquered Spaniards.

The Cordoba Mosque was the third largest mosque complex in the world at the time, built on the site of a former Christian church to commemorate the Muslim conquest of Spain.

This perpetuated a cultural Muslim practice of building mosques on the sites of historic conquests.

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11 years ago @ - growl · 4 replies · +1 points

This is becoming a VERY fascinating topic.

11 years ago @ - growl · 6 replies · +6 points

"Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril"
It could become illegal to resell your iPhone 4, car or family antiques

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4.

At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.

11 years ago @ - growl · 1 reply · +2 points

CSS Florida , a steam screw cruiser of about 700 tons, was built in England in 1862 under the name Oreto . Secretly purchased by the Confederate States Navy, she sailed in March 1862 for the Bahamas in the guise of a merchant ship. After her arrival, she was fitted as a naval vessel and commissioned in August 1862, commanded by First Lieutenant John Newland Maffitt . With her crew largely disabled by yellow fever, Florida went to Cuba and, on 4 September 1862, ran the Federal blockade into Mobile, Alabama. After completing her outfitting, Maffitt took his ship back out through the blockade on 16 January 1863.

Operating in the Atlantic and West Indies over the next eight months, Florida captured twenty-two prizes, striking terror in the United States' merchant marine and frustrating the U.S. Navy's efforts to catch her. In August 1863, she went to Brest, France, remaining there until the following February, when she again got to sea past watching Federal forces. Under the command of First Lieutenant Charles M. Morris , Florida took another eleven prizes between then and October 1864, when she arrived at Bahia, Brazil.

11 years ago @ - growl · 3 replies · +4 points

U.S. Civil War Battle—in Brazil?

Submitted by tonyp on Sun, 10/07/2012 - 08:25

One of the strangest and least-known battles during the Civil War occurred far away from America, when the U.S. warship Wachusett captured the Confederate warship Florida in the early hours of Oct. 7, 1864, after a brief battle in the harbor of Bahia, Brazil. The aggressive action by U.S. Captain Napoleon Collins, attacking a Confederate ship in a neutral harbor, was against international law. The attack displeased Brazilian Emperor Pedro II and caused an international incident, much as the Trent Affair had done in 1861. However, when the whole matter was settled the Union had its victory—and war prize—and the Confederacy lost one of its most important raiders, a ship that had captured 37 Union vessels.

The 9-gun Florida arrived in Bahia on October 4 that year, and the next day received permission from the Emperor for a two-day stay in the harbor for repairs, coal, and to replenish supplies. The Brazilians anchored a gunboat near the Florida for its protection, and the crew and its captain, Lieutenant Charles Manigault Morris, felt completely safe in the neutral port even though they knew the 10-gun Wachusett was lurking nearby. So secure felt they, in fact, that Morris and half his crew were ashore on leave—with the other half sleeping off their hangovers after just returning from their earlier shore leave—when the Wachusett made its attack at 3 o’clock on the morning of October 7.

The battle, though brief, was not without gunfire or casualties. The two sides exchanged musket and pistol fire, and the Wachusett fired off some of its cannons before ramming the Florida. With their depleted crew the Confederates had no choice but to surrender. The Wachusett towed the Florida out to sea and headed north, eluding the chasing Brazilian gunship.

Back in the U.S., the Navy put on a show and court-martialed Collins to appease the Brazilians, but he was not punished and in fact was promoted to the rank of captain in 1866. Brazil was outraged and demanded that the Florida be turned over as compensation, but she was sunk under mysterious circumstances—while under the care of the U.S. Navy—before the Brazilians could get her.