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By Adam Curry on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 9:28 PM.
The Council was about to vote on a report that affirmed and praised Libya and Colonel Ghaddafi for THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD. The report said that the Ghaddafi government protected "not only political rights, but also economic, educational, social and cultural rights," and praised it for the nation's treatment of religious minorities, and the "human rights training" received by security forces. Link permalink
Glencore is to float as a public company by selling up to a 20 per cent stake in London and Hong Kong, in a deal that could be worth up to $11bn. It has already begun to announce a new board, to include Tony Hayward, former BP chief. Link permalink
"Across the world, all eyes are on California," was stated several times during North America's largest annual carbon conference this week in Los Angeles. It referred to the big timely news of the week, Governor Jerry Brown signing the AB 32 legislation requiring... Link permalink
Although Paris Hilton will be back with a new reality series that Paris says will be different and show the real Paris Hilton behind the current image she maintains as a Hollywood socialite. WHO CARES!?! The slaves I guess..... Link permalink
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have massed in Belgrade to call for early elections amid growing anger over the economy and corruption. Opposition leader Tomislav Nikolic told the crowd he was going on hunger strike until an election was called. The rally comes... Link permalink
Tunisia and Egypt, both seeking to rebuild after overthrowing strongmen who held power while letting their economies run down for decades, will be the focus of a coordinated effort by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and regional development banks Link permalink
Brazilian police will be issued with hi-tech glasses that uses facial recognition technology to compare what officers are seeing against a database of 13 million mugshots. The equipment is able to recognise a face as far away as 12 miles... Yeah BS! Link permalink
"This is a complete disenfranchisement of an entire community, an entire city in my state. The voters are now denied the ability to be governed by the people they elected in a democratic election.This is nothing short of an abridgment of democracy in raw form." Link permalink
Regulators have shut down a total of five banks in Alabama, Georgia and Minnesota, boosting the number of U.S. bank failures this year to 33, Link permalink
A Morgan Stanley property fund failed to make $3.3 billion in debt payments by a deadline on Friday, handing over the keys to a central Tokyo office building to Blackstone (BX.N) and other investors, the largest repayment failure of its kind in Japan. Link permalink
President Obama may have never met a "czar" he didn't like and he's not about to bid farewell to any of them now, despite a budget deal he struck with Republican leaders last week that eliminated four of these positions. Link permalink
Barclays bank report that explores the ramifications of a Finnish rejection of the Portugal bailout Link permalink
A company known as Medical Justice is using the DMCA to silence critics of doctors. The idea is that doctors make their patience sign a contract that hands over the copyright of any potential review the patient might post online. If that patient decides to post a bad review... Link permalink
Inside the DHS, which is slated to begin filming shortly for a premiere in the fourth quarter, will chronicle the behind-the-scenes workings of the Department of Homeland Security and its personnel, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Link permalink
Anderson Cooper 360, 14 april 2011 Link permalink
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is going where few political players have gone before - to 30 Rock. The 56-year-old, who served as America's top diplomat for four years under President George W. Bush, will turn in a brief cameo on the NBC comedy. Link permalink
More than half the samples contained Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that can make people sick. Worse, half of those contaminated samples had a form of staph that's resistant to at least three kinds of antibiotics. Link permalink
The project would double the capacity of an existing pipeline from Canada, and supporters say it could significantly reduce U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Link permalink
President Obama Issues "Signing Statement" Indicating He Won't Abide by Provision in Budget Bill. Link permalink
A Canadian company has again threatened U.S. landowners with court action if they don't sell the property rights it needs to build an oil pipeline to the Gulf of Mexico. TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) was criticized last summer for mentioning eminent domain in letters to... Link permalink
Uganda is calling for bids from international companies to build a 140-mile oil pipeline to the shores of Lake Alberta to Kampala, the energy minister said. Link permalink
One Uganda protester was killed and dozens injured in Kampala Thursday when soldiers and police fired live rounds and tear gas to break up protests against the rising cost of food. Opposition leader Kizza Besigye was shot in the hand. Link permalink
Ground is Swaying in Japan - Liquification - About to Go Under!! April 12, 2011 Link permalink
Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, will recommend that Goldman executives who testified before his panel, including chairman and chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, be referred to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution, the... Link permalink
SANAA/AMMAN (Reuters) - Mass protests spread to the capital of Syria for the first time on Friday and looked closer than ever to driving out the leader of Yemen, nearly four months since unrest erupted across the Arab world. Link permalink
George Clooney and Grant Heslov's production shingle is onboard to produce a Wall Street bailout pic based on 2009 Washington Post article "The $700 Billion Man." Link permalink
The French defence minister suggests a new UN Security Council resolution may be needed for Nato allies to achieve their goals in Libya, as Nato members meet in Berlin. Link permalink
First the "rebels" create a central bank. Then they create a cell-phone network. Now they want a $2 billion loan from the U.S.? Who the crap are these people? Link permalink
Libya might soon turn into a goldmine for private security firms. Reports say that the UK is already hiring mercenaries to protect the interests of the big corporations there, once Colonel Gaddafi goes. Link permalink
European regulators have recommended changes to the product label for GlaxoSmithKline PLC's (GSK) pandemic flu vaccine Pandemrix to reflect a potential higher risk of the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in children or adolescents. Link permalink
Artists and consumer groups are up in arms as the EU comes closer to agreeing a 20-year extension of copyright on music recorded before the 1960s. Critics argue that while record companies keep their profits high, artists will lose out. Link permalink
David Cameron, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy upped the stakes in the Libya conflict last night as they vowed to fight on until Colonel Gaddafi is ousted. In a joint article, the British, American and French leaders warned it would be an 'unconscionable betrayal'... Link permalink
Rhetoric on Syria starts as they accuse Syria's security forces of arresting hundreds of people arbitrarily since pro-democracy protests erupted a month ago. Of course, the same thing is happening in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.... Link permalink
Japanese retail giant Aeon Co. (8267.TO) on Thursday said it expects a 33% decline in its net profit for the current fiscal year due to the impact of last month's earthquake and tsunami.Net profit of Y40 billion in the fiscal year ending February 2012, down 33% Link permalink
Approximately 33 million Americans will celebrate Easter Sunday this year at their favorite restaurant this year, and more than half will hop on over to an abundant buffet, according to new market research from the National Restaurant Association. Link permalink
MTD Marketing Services of Oshkosh said today that 230 building permits for one-and-two-family homes were issued last month in the Milwaukee, down 33-percent from the 341 building permits issued in March of last year. Link permalink
Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Link permalink
The Polish administration has hired PR firm Burson-Marsteller to help it run its EU presidency later this year in a contract worth €1 million...The Brussels and Warsaw branches of the US-based PR company will help to train Polish press spokespeople, set up the... Link permalink
Welcome to Burson-Marsteller Link permalink
The Earth Hour campaign was developed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to raise awareness of climate change, encourage energy efficiency and make a significant contribution toward reducing carbon footprints.  It began in 2007, with a symbolic gesture encouraging people to switch off their lights for an hour.  In 2009, India joined the Earth Hour campaign by committing the support of two cities, Delhi and Mumbai.  Link permalink
Over the past nine years, we have extended our knowledge of e-fluentials with research on segment-specific influential audiences including Tech-fluentials, Mom-fluentials, and Youth-fluentials.  Each e-fluential segment is nuanced in terms of how its members influence their peers and how they can be most effectively reached by organizations.  And, for each audience, Burson-Marsteller has extrapolated a proprietary algorithm from the research that can help identify techies, moms, and kids who will be most effective in spreading our clients' messages to their peers.  Link permalink
Contacted over the weekend, Gouby identified the source of the drug trafficking allegation as Lambert Mendé, a Minister in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the government's chief spokesman.  "Mendé told me the plane was wanted by the DEA for drug trafficking, permalink
CFR members, including Brian Williams, Fareed Zakaria, Angelina Jolie, Chuck Hagel, and Erin Burnett, explain why the Council on Foreign Relations is an indispensable resource in a complex world. Link permalink
While in Chicago for a fundraiser, President Obama was caught on tape making comments after reporters had left the room. The president is heard here discussing the Emir of Qatar advocating democracy everywhere but in his own country. Link permalink
In a study written for Small Wars Journal, Thiel performs a statistical analysis that correlates the arrival of the surge reinforcements into Iraq in 2006 and 2007 with subsequent levels of combat incidents in 2007 and 2008. Thiel concluded that there was no significant... Link permalink
Vast overuse, highly subsidized, of antibiotics has now resulted in bacteria in grocery store meat that is resistant. Just how resistant, we will have to see. Writes Gary North: "This story is scary. When a Federal agency has a problem that it cannot solve, it clams up. No... Link permalink
The University of Texas Investment Management Co., the second-largest U.S. academic endowment, took delivery of almost $1 billion in gold bullion and is storing the bars in a New York vault, according to the fund's board, reports Bloomberg. Link permalink
Today all parents must do to opt out is sign an exemption. The new bill requires a signed form from a health care practitioner showing parents received information about vaccine risks and benefits. Link permalink
You may be surprised who you see in this Council on Foreign Relations PR clip from their own website. Link permalink
"What is driving these bears into populated places is hunger, and that hunger derives from the ripple effects of the warming of the last 10 years and the significant but more gradual warming of the last 30 years in the American Northwest." Link permalink
Goldman Sachs is said to be furious at being left out of the lucrative flotation of Glencore, the giant commodities trader which will make history when it becomes the biggest company to list on the London Stock Exchange for $60bn to be immediately propelled into the FTSE 100... Link permalink
The FBI has raided the apartment of two University of Michigan students to investigate what it has called "potentially fraudulent sales or purchases of virtual currency that people use to advance in the popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft." The story... Link permalink
Barack Obama has complained that the White House is "30 years behind" in its technology, and has disappointed him with its lack of "really cool phones and stuff". Link permalink
Law enforcement officials in Janesville, Wisconsin, locked down two middle schools and brought in drug-sniffing dogs to search students' lockers. The dogs "hit" 14 times at one school and 13 times at the other. But none of the dog alerts turned up any actual drugs. Link permalink
One of the beneficiaries of Ben's largess was a bank with branches in New York named the Arab Banking Corp. The Arab Banking Corp is 59% owned by that Middle Eastern Messiah-in-his-own-mind, Colonel Murammar Gaddafi's Central Bank of Libya. In fact, Benny and the Feds... Link permalink
Of course, there's a pipeline: . Link permalink
The U.S. resumed deportations to Haiti on Jan. 20. They sent back 26 Haitians convicted of a crime and one acquitted in a 2007 terror plot but still deemed a national security threat. One of the men deported in January died after suffering cholera-like symptoms in a Haitian jail. Link permalink
The situation grows more desperate in the Libyan city with increasing evidence of the use of cluster bombs against civilians. (The new meme is "Cluster bombs") Link permalink
Three South African executives are likely to become paper billionaires when commodities producer and trader Glencore, headquartered in Switzerland, lists towards the end of May in London and Hong Kong. Link permalink
These are 10 films that I believe if watched by the majority of US citizens there would be demands of impeachment, a push to pull out of Iraq and a complete shift in thought or at the very least some questioning of the government. Link permalink
"The state owns a vast portfolio of real estate assets that today is underdeveloped or is exploited by uncontrolled, private vested interests," the Finance Ministry wrote in the presentation, adding that the development and management of the assets is an... Link permalink
Carl Levin, chair of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, will recommend that Goldman executives who testified before his panel, including chairman and chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, be referred to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution, the... Link permalink
The report, conducted by the Coalition for Homeless, holds that close to 115,000 residents of America's largest city, including some 40,000 children, have fallen victim to homelessness. Link permalink
Republican senators John Ensign and Kay Bailey Hutchison drafted a measure on Thursday which states that President Barack Obama "should obtain authorization from Congress before providing further military and financial support to operations in Libya," Link permalink
"Let's start by hanging some bankers..." Link permalink
"The fact that we don't have victims yet is sheer luck," said Konstantinos Priftis, a local farmer and basketball coach. "Keratea is protecting its dignity, its history. ... We're not going to back down." Link permalink
Samantha Power gave the keynote address at a Brookings Institution conference on foreign policies of emerging-market democracies. Link permalink
Tyler Durden | "Failure by Congress to raise the U.S. debt limit "could plunge the world economy back into recession," President Barack Obama declared Friday Link permalink
A bizarre BB gun spree damaged 33 vehicles and caused more than $4,000 in damages. The Stauton, VA man, Dylan F. Crook, was sent to jail for a year on three destruction of property counts on Wednesday. Link permalink
India's edible oil import dipped for the fifth-consecutive month by 33% to 4,12,088 tonnes in March, the edible oil industry body SEA said today. I guess they are getting off foreign (edible) oil! Link permalink
France has rejected a European Commission proposal to create an EU-wide value added tax (VAT), but insists it is still open to the EU having some form of 'own resources'. Link permalink
In an interview that aired Thursday Roger Vangheluwe, the former bishop of Bruges, spoke of his sexual abuse as "a little game," that involved fondling, but no "rough sex." Link permalink
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Thomas Hoenig said that an increase in interest rates could trigger a 33 percent decline in the price of agricultural land. Link permalink
The TeloVac jab is part of a new generation of drugs that use the body's own defences to fight the disease, stopping tumours in their tracks. TeloVac has already been given to hundreds of Britons with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease. Link permalink
New breakthrough into light's magnetic properties reveals a huge power potential that may make solar cells obsolete Link permalink
A new report from the drug company GlaxoSmithKline concludes that its antidepressant Paxil might make adults with major depression more likely to become suicidal. Link permalink
Not only is the original claim bogus, the attempts to disappear it are hilariously inept. Apparently, they've never heard of Google Cache at the UN. Rather than simply say  Link permalink
One only has to read the strategic briefings in U.S. AFRICOM documents to realise the true endgame in Libya: the control of valuable resources and the eviction of China from North Africa. Link permalink
The outraged pair had vented their frustration on Facebook and Twitter which sparked a protest that could saw around 600 people flock to the pub to for a gay kiss protest. Link permalink
According to a press release, Gaga is the first performer to be announced for the 10th annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan, which is being dubbed the Video Music Aid Japan this year in order to raise awareness about the recent natural disasters that hit the country and benefit... Link permalink
"..It is easy to help at and as an added bonus those who donate will have access to several dozen special tracks available for download from top artists. Stay tuned for a new video for the Linkin Park song "Not Alone," which is included in the... Link permalink
"I didn't expect that in three weeks, suddenly as a consequence of an air campaign, that Gaddafi would necessarily be gone," Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press. Link permalink
Author Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems. "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original." Link permalink
Amid speculation over the country's ability to avoid default, a wave of civil disobedience is causing many to wonder if Greece is becoming ungovernable. Link permalink
San Francisco's Entertainment Commission has proposed that all bars, clubs, and venues should be required to photograph and collect ID from everyone who comes in for a drink or a show. Link permalink
SEATTLE (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire says she won't sign legislation to create licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington state after the Justice Department warned it could result in a federal crackdown. The two U.S. attorneys in the state told Gregoire in a letter Thursday that bills passed by the Washington House and Senate would permit large-scale marijuana growing and distribution systems in violation of federal law. The U.S. attorneys warned that growers, sellers, landlords and even state employees who license such operations could face prosecution. Link permalink
Faced with a shortage of men, Russia has an ongoing and open debate about legalizing polygamy. As Pravda reports, Muslim dating websites in the country include "Married, looking for another wife" as a category. Link permalink
California's greenhouse gas initiative, spelled out in AB 32, contained a renewable portfolio standard that is now affirmed by the Legislature as 33 percent by 2020. The initiative is leading to significant investments, new jobs and more clean energy generation in... Link permalink
"The negotiations are finished. The framework was agreed," an aide to Mexico's ambassador Juan Jose Gomez Camacho, co-chairman of the closed-door talks, told Reuters. Countries would share virus samples with the WHO's network of laboratories in return for affordable vaccines derived from them. Link permalink
- The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Link permalink
"The number of Wharton graduates from Africa is growing, reflecting the heightened interest in management education among Africans. Wharton received 107 MBA applications from Africans for the Class of 2009. There are more than 172 alumni who reside on the continent and about 63 in South Africa." permalink
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C. Christopher Gaut, CFO, Halliburton permalink
Donald Trump, Founder and CEO, Trump Organization permalink
Chip Goodyear, CEO, BHP Billiton (worlds largest mining co.) permalink
Donald D. Humphreys, COO, Exxon Mobil permalink
Reginald Jones, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric permalink
Lewis E. Platt, Chairman and CEO, Boeing permalink
Edmund T. Pratt, Jr., CEO and Chairman Emeritus, Pfizer permalink
Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation permalink
Rick Simonson, President, Nokia permalink
Richard Wood, CEO and Chairman Emeritus, Eli Lilly & Company permalink
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That's only a fraction of the list. It's huge. Especially the "Finance" section: . Tons of CEO's and governors of foreign central banks are graduates of Wharton. permalink
Dave (rdaneel) permalink
I be­came aware of the pro-drone legis­la­tion from a Feb­rua­ry 10, 2011, Syracuse Post Stan­dard re­port that Sen. Char­les Schum­er (D-New York) was sup­port­ing an amend­ment to the pend­ing Feder­al Avia­tion Ad­ministra­tion (FAA) rea­ut­horiza­tion bill (S. 223) that would create test zones for the in­troduc­tion of drones into gener­al airspace. Link permalink
Officials contacted 439 people and found that 123 had fevers and at least one other symptom with 69 falling ill on the same day. Epidemiologists used social media to contact the conference attendees. Link permalink
The first is called Inside The DHS. Somehow producer Craig Piligian has convinced Secretary Janet Napolitano to let cameras inside the Department Of Homeland Security to let viewers get an inside look at how the governmental arm runs its day-to-day operations. In exchange for that access, the government is retaining the ability to censor anything that might be considered too inside. I'm actually all for that. There's no reason I need to know what suspects they're monitoring, but even without final editing say, Inside The DHS should be riveting television.  Link permalink
He said the mission had succeeded in stopping large-scale civilian casualties, especially in the rebel-held city of Benghazi, and would eventually succeed in ousting Gaddafi. "You now have a stalemate on the ground militarily, but Gaddafi is still getting squeezed in all kinds of other ways. He is running out of money, he is running out of supplies. The noose is tightening and he is becoming more and more isolated. Link permalink
After the inauguration of Barack Obama in January 2009, the anticipated March 2009 negotiations were postponed. However, in his first trip to Asia in November 2009, President Obama reaffirmed the United States' commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and on December 14, 2009, new U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk notified Congress that President Obama planned to enter TPP negotiations "with the objective of shaping a high-standard, broad-based regional pact".[14] Since that time, four formal rounds of TPP negotiations have been held. The first round took place March 15-19, 2010, in Melbourne, Australia, the second round occurred in San Francisco, June 14-18, 2010, a third round took place October 5-8, 2010, in Brunei, and a fourth round was held December 6-10, 2010, in Auckland, New Zealand.[15][16] Link permalink
The text is marked to be "protected from unauthorized disclosure," and the USTR is seeking to classify the document until four years from entry into force or the close of the negotiations. The document has been distributed to all member states particpating in the TPP negotiations, so it is not secret from any of the parties in the negotiations. The document may also be subject to review by the hundreds of corporate insiders who serve on USTR advisory boards. It is, however, secret from the taxpayers and voters who live in the United States Link permalink
[VIDEO] - Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill - Second Reading - Part 2 Link permalink
Jailbreak 4.3.2 iOS iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch Using PwnageTool [How To Tutorial] | Redmond Pie Link permalink
"What, You Thought The U.S. Was Done Bombing Libya?" Wired's Spencer Ackerman asks. Turns out we're not--we've hit Libyan air defenses three times in the last week. Ackerman quotes a DoD spokesman:  permalink
Saying he was aware of controversy around such a move, Ramsey nevertheless said, "I personally feel that the time has come for this to occur." Link permalink
Are proposed multibillion dollar high-speed railway projects in the United States a smart move or a huge waste of taxpayer dollars? Link permalink
Cooper has had enough. Last night he took a moment on his show to rail on everyone who has ever paid Snooki "to be Snooki" " but only after he called the Jersey Shore star "one impossibly lucky, unusually spunky, freakishly tan, beer-guzzling, juice-head hugging, muscle-loving, botero-bodied, pint-sized, money-making machine." Link permalink
Why has NPR stopped saying "dot org" and is now saying "dot oh-are-gee'?? permalink
Goldman said this week the risks of investing in commodities outweigh potential gains, dropping its recommendation to buy a basket of raw materials including crude oil, copper, cotton and platinum. Three companies have shelved plans for a London IPO this month as Europe's debt woes and a nuclear crisis in Japan sap investor demand. Link permalink
Bought it from the CIA?! Link permalink
[VIDEO] - Mother trying to protect child from unnecesary drugging. Link permalink
Coming soon: An internet drivers license Link permalink
Water-fuel car unveiled in Japan (1:21)  Link permalink
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's fragile post-disaster political truce unraveled on Thursday as the head of the main opposition party called on unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan to quit over his handling of the country's natural calamities and a nuclear crisis. Link permalink
Surprise visit my ass. Roped off crowds Link permalink
Former Belgian bishop Roger Vangheluwe goes live on TV to talk about how he abused two boys but does not see himself as a paedophile. Link permalink
Just when many parents thought their kids were done with shots, the state issues a new mandate. There is a booster shot that students in 7th through 12th grades need to have. Link permalink
A Vallejo man was put in handcuffs when he refused to hand over cell phone video of an arrest. Link permalink
Czech television aired a video showing the Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus slipping a ceremonial pen into his pocket during an official visit to Chile. The incident happened on April 4, 2011 when Klaus was addressing a press conference with Chile's President Sebastian... Link permalink
The cross-examination of a Mafia turncoat started quietly and predictably enough on Thursday. Joseph C. Massino, the former boss of the Bonanno crime family, spoke matter-of-factly about having to kill one of his closest associates, simply because he had disobeyed protocol. Link permalink
A group in Washington sued the C.I.A. on Thursday over its failure to release its history of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Gitmo Nation West-sponsored effort to topple Fidel Castro in 1961. The group, the National Security Archive, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for... Link permalink
Michael Jackson's doctor was so distracted by his own complicated love live that he failed to pay proper attention to Jackson's treatment in the hours before the pop star died, according to court documents filed Thursday. Link permalink
The number of Dayton-area properties involved in some stage of the foreclosure process fell nearly 33 percent during the first quarter as foreclosure activity fell to a three-year low nationwide. Link permalink
Glencore's dream team, which ... comprises around ten heads and co-heads of departments, stands to be worth billions following the IPO of a 20% stake which values the company at up to $60 billion. Link permalink

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