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By Adam Curry on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 9:43 PM.
Democratic strategists close to President Barack Obama have launched an outside fundraising group to support his re-election, financed in part by the kind of large, undisclosed contributions the president has criticized. Former White House aides Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney said Friday that the group, called Priorities USA, will battle the "extremist, right-wing" efforts of Republican-leaning independent groups who spent millions to defeat Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections. The group's goal is to raise $100 million for what is certain to be the most expensive election in history. Link permalink
The condition hits close to home because of his future mother-in-law, who is only 59 and has already had it for several years. And now Rogen, who has no family history of the disease, has become passionate about supporting his fiancee's family and spreading awareness of Alzheimer's. Link permalink
For just under a decade, the GSCI remained a relatively static investment vehicle, as bankers remained more interested in risk and collateralized debt than in anything that could be literally sowed or reaped. Then, in 1999, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission deregulated futures markets. All of a sudden, bankers could take as large a position in grains as they liked, an opportunity that had, since the Great Depression, only been available to those who actually had something to do with the production of our food. Link permalink
Adiant Solutions' new Laipac S-911 bracelet is part watch, part emergency phone, and part GPS-tracker that features geo-fencing, over-speed alerts, and more. Link permalink
Erin Burnett, in a shift from niche business news on CNBC, will expand her portfolio to more general news anchoring and reporting on CNN. Link permalink
The below Bloomberg TV interview with Paul O'Neill pretty much jumps the shark in Mutual Assured Destruction. Whenever someone says "people who are threatening not to pass the debt ceiling are our version of Al-Qaeda terrorists. Link permalink
An early screening test for autism, designed to detect signs of the condition in babies as young as 1 year old, could revolutionize the care of autistic children, experts say, by getting them diagnosed and treated years earlier than usual. Link permalink
Decades of interminable pledge-week pitches painting PBS as a national treasure entitled to taxpayer support have numbed the critical-thinking skills of what remains of the political left. There is no question that WGBH, and PBS in general, produces compelling, important work that's in the public interest. Link permalink
Melvin from Milton Keynes calls three counties radio and expresses his fury about the royal wedding, hilarity ensues. He is spot on regardless of his anger. Link permalink
With preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro well under way, security experts have expressed fears that terrorists are  permalink
All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person, including any overseas branch, of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: Link permalink
Panelists discussed counterterrorism and domestic terrorist threats. Topics included the difference between a perceived threat and an actual threat, counter-radicalization, and the need for Americans' resilience in the face of terrorism threats. Link permalink
President Obama announced changes to his national security team. Among those changes, he nominated CIA director Leon Panetta to be defense secretary and General David Petraeus to head up the CIA. Link permalink
As mentioned on NA-299, the TSA apparently likes Casio watches, the cheaper the better. So why not wear one proudly? use promoCode=CSOAPR28WEBEMAIL for discounts Link permalink
Most scholars of the DRC would agree that the mineral trade is one dimension of the conflict, but that it isn't the entire story, and most of us are very perplexed as to from where the idea that minerals are the central story originated. Link permalink
Apple and Intel have both decided to stop using conflict minerals to manufacture products, as part of the Conflict-Free Smelter program. Conflict minerals include valuable commodities such as gold, titanium, tungsten and tin, which generate massive revenues used to fund wars in... Link permalink
In the last six months, pneumococcal vaccine has been introduced in Guyana, Kenya, Mali, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone and Yemen, through the Global Alliance for Vaccines Initiative, which has received more than $2 billion from Britain, Canada, Italy, Norway, Russia and the Bill &... Link permalink
Bahram Ali Shayesteh must be competing to aggressively against the CIA. The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control today designated Iranian narcotics trafficker Bahram Ali Shayesteh as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics... Link permalink
"There were policy changes, facility changes, and personnel changes that had recently been made, and there were highly coincidental military exercises that were occurring on that day." Link permalink
He was, until February, the field service officer of United Nations Mission in Congo. After several years of work, Njal Berg chose to retire, at 59, to a life of bliss. But that dream came to a mysterious end yesterday when the Norwegian and proprietor of 4-Turkeys Bar in... Link permalink
European plans to lift a ban on carrying duty-free liquids in hand luggage through airports have descended into farce after several states opted to keep the restrictions in place. Link permalink
The prince, who says he does not understand the commotion, insists that the trip was intended to study deforestation in the former colony. Mr Legros has however confirmed that the prince also visited an oil refinery and a mining project. Link permalink
Glencore owes its existence to the notorious 'King of Oil,' Marc Rich, who fled to Switzerland after being charged in the US with massive tax evasion and of trading with Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979 to 1981. Rich, who was eventually -- and controversially --... Link permalink
The oft-delayed 'Rejsekort' (travel card), an electronic ticket system intended to cover all modes of public transport throughout the country, will need another tweak after it was revealed that a technical fault in the system would end up cheating commuters who use it... Link permalink
April 28, 2011 MSNBC Link permalink
ASICS introduces the new 33 by ASICS™, a lightweight, minimalist running shoe collection that encourages natural foot movement. Inspired by the fact that 33 joints in the foot allow it to move efficiently, 33 by ASICS™ styles provide comfort, cushioning and flexibility during active endeavors or every day use while remaining lightweight. The first style in this exciting new collection is the GEL-Blur33™, debuting in select stores April 2011. Link permalink
Monsanto Co. said it opened a 150 million rand corn seed-processing plant in South Africa. The plant will reach full production from May 1, St. Louis-based Monsanto's South African unit said in an e-mailed statement today. Link permalink
We know that Monsanto doesn't allow farmers to save seeds, but no sprouting? What could the reason be for that little caveat? We also know that any agreement made with Monsanto is one-sided. In other words, Monsanto creates its agreements to cover Monsanto's assets. It's a liability issue. We tell you what to do, and if you don't do it, then we can either sue you or absolve ourselves of any responsibility if you do not follow the instructions in the TUA to the letter.  Link permalink
A group of sugar farmers and refiners, including one based in Michigan, is suing corn processors for their attempt to rebrand high- fructose corn syrup as  permalink
The CIA was created at the behest of the bankers on Wall Street. OSS spook and Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner was recruited by Dean Acheson to work under Charles Saltzman, at the State Department's Office of Occupied Territories in 1947. The CIA's first director, Allen Dulles, was a Wall Street lawyer. Link permalink
If some lawmakers get their way, QUICK AND AFFORDABLE ACCESS to many cold & allergy medicines you and your family rely on " like Advil® Cold & Sinus, Allegra-D®, Claritin-D®, Mucinex® D, and Sudafed® " COULD DISAPPEAR. Link permalink
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Swearingen, a 25-year FBI veteran and world renowned whistleblower on FBI corruption and wrongdoing, now rips away the veil of secrecy concealing the FBI's treasonous misconduct in the 45-year cover-up of JFK's assassination. He names Cuban exiles; Chicago Mafia; and bad cops trained by the CIA's twisted murder conspiracy. Swearingen established his credibility in FBI SECRETS, AN AGENT'S EXPOSE?, when he documented FBI fraud and dishonesty. He successfully forced the FBI to admit the truth in cases where the FBI had lied under oath to the courts and to the Congress. Working pro bono he was instrumental in helping plaintiffs win lawsuits against the FBI. Groups such as the BPI of Chicago won in 1981; Fred Hampton and Mark Clark's survivors won $1.8 million in 1982; the SWP won $246,000.00 in 1986; Geronimo Pratt was released from prison after 25 years and won $4.5 million in 2000. The late Judy Bari won $4.4 million in 2002. The author is in 18 films including US vs. John Lennon. Link permalink
$35,000 in prizes for using CDC flu data to develop an innovative mobile or web app, data visualization, system, tool, or game! Link permalink
De bedoeling was dat passagiers die van buiten de EU komen en over moeten stappen op een ander vliegtuig de drank, parfum of andere vloeistoffen die ze buiten Europa taksvrij hebben aangekocht, mee zouden kunnen nemen op hun volgende vlucht. Maar, zo legt de Europese Commissie uit, omdat "steeds meer" EU-lidstaten aangeven het gedeeltelijke verbod (nog) niet te willen invoeren, vraagt ze aan alle landen daarmee te wachten. Link permalink
The orange-colored recorder 'chassis' was found on Wednesday during the second day of an operation which also hopes to retrieve bodies from the wreckage site. Link permalink
The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control posted notice on its website that Bank of Khartoum was removed from the blacklist, meaning it can seek the return of blocked assets and resume limited dealings with U.S. financial institutions. Link permalink
"China is ready to promote its friendly exchanges with southern Sudan on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence," said Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in a meeting with David Deng Athorbei, envoy of the president of the southern Sudan government, in... Link permalink
Monsanto, which controls 95 per cent of the cottonseed market, has pushed the price of seed from `7 per kg to `3,600 per kg, with nearly half being royalty payments. It was extracting `1,000 crores per annum as royalty from Indian farmers before Andhra Pradesh sued it in the... Link permalink
Simon, formerly the Clinton NSC's senior director for transnational threats, and currently an adjunct senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and a professor at Georgetown University of Middle East security studies, did not immediately respond to request for... Link permalink
The president of Tajikistan, which has been waging battle with a domestic insurgency for the past few years, says international terrorism is a myth invented by global superpowers. Link permalink
In the latest issue of Action Comics, which went on sale on Wednesday, the Man of Steel decides to take the step after he intervenes in a protest against the Iranian government. Link permalink
Khalifa was head of the agency from 2005 to 2008. The pressure group Human Rights Watch alleges that in 2007 detainees in Bahrain suffered torture including electric shocks and beatings. Link permalink
The reopening of the banking system is a step towards restarting the economy of the world's biggest cocoa producer. (The new president used to be the Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund) Link permalink
The Vatican said the blood, which had been stored in a Rome hospital, had been kept in a liquid state by an anti-coagulant that was added when it was taken from him. Link permalink
White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country from the approved pool of journalists covering presidential visits to the Bay Area for using now-standard multimedia tools to gather the news. Link permalink
Possible rift appearing in Iranian leadership 'The Guardian' reports Ahmadinejad hasn't been seen in public since Khamenei overruled his decision to fire a key minister. Link permalink
TJX Cos. chief executive, Carol Meyrowitz, has received more than $23 million in compensation for fiscal year 2011, a 33 percent yearly increase. Link permalink
Angelina Jolie on way to Siem Reap. Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie is set to return to the Kingdom today to shoot an advertising campaign for fashion label Louis Vuitton in Siem Reap, but those connected with the visit have remained tight lipped about her agenda. Link permalink
[Here's an actor raising awareness to Alzheimers] Larry King returns to CNN with a look at how people cope with Alzheimer's disease. Don't miss"Unthinkable: The Alzheimer's Epidemic," at 8 ET Sunday night on CNN. (CNN) -- Seth Rogen may be known for... Link permalink
Smartphone users love their phones so much, a full one-third would give up chocolate in order to keep using their devices. That's according to a new survey commissioned by Google of 5,013 U.S. adult smartphone users. Link permalink
Playtech, the publicly-quoted online gaming software provider which owns the iPoker network, today reported poker revenue down 33 percent in the first quarter of 2011 to 5.7 million compared to 8.5 million a year earlier. Link permalink
The MSCI World Stock Market Index closed today at 1,371.4, reaching the highest level since July 30, 2008, almost 33 months ago. Compared to the cyclical low of 697.5 in early March 2009, the MSCI World Stock Index has almost doubled over the last two... Link permalink
slamabad, April 28 (IANS) At least 33 militants were killed Thursday by security forces and pro-government militia in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan, media reports said. Six militants were killed in a clash with pro-government tribes in the Kurram agency, one of the... Link permalink
The U.S. Dollar Index reached 73.05, its lowest level since July 2008, in overnight trading as investors used the Federal Reserve and Chairman Bernanke's continued dovish stance at its FOMC meeting yesterday as a catalyst to sell the greenback. Link permalink
Some government apologists might say, "If you aren't doing anything wrong, why would you mind being x-rayed, sniffed, patted down, detained and questioned?" Besides the obvious absurdity of that question, the main reason this is of concern is because in every case... Link permalink
[can they make laws, without a government?] BELGIUM has taken a major step toward banning burqa-type Islamic dress in public when its lower house of parliament overwhelmingly backed the measure. After today's approval, the senate still has several weeks to decide whether to... Link permalink
[and theres Alzheimer again] IT sounds like something from a science fiction movie. But researchers reckon they have found a way to erase painful memories and post-traumatic stress. They discovered a link between a protein called PKM and recollections of disturbing incidents.... Link permalink
Coca-Cola is facing mounting pressure on bisphenol A (BPA) after 26 per cent of its shareholders called on the company to reveal its plans over the continued use of the chemical in its packaging. Link permalink
Pakistan on Friday successfully conducted flight test of indigenously developed air launched cruise missile, which "can deliver nuclear and conventional warheads with great pin point accuracy," the army said. Link permalink
Last year's results were also doped up by sales of bird flu vaccine to governments. When these were stripped out, sales growth was 0.1 percent despite the 569 million euros in sales lost to generics, the company said. Link permalink
"He's almost 50 years old and he's president of the United States and I don't think anybody would debate his intelligence and so now we need to get serious ... let's just get serious and get back to focusing on what's important," senior Obama... Link permalink
A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband... Link permalink
In essence, AT&T asked the court to allow it to use the fine print of contracts to eliminate class actions, a practice that flouts the laws of 20 states. In a 5-4 decision, the court granted AT&T's request. Link permalink
President Obama is meeting with a number of Hispanic actors and journalists this afternoon in another behind-the-scenes effort to enlist support and build momentum for his vision of immigration reform. Link permalink
Both girls were required to complete the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) at school, a survey which asks questions such as "Have you ever tried to kill yourself?", "Have you ever sniffed glue, or breathed the contents of spray cans, or inhaled any paints?",... Link permalink
Early-stage investors and employees are worried the bubble might be about to burst. A group of shareholders want to offload $1billion of Facebook shares on the secondary market in a sale that would value the company at more than $70 billion. Link permalink
The European Ombudsman, P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, has criticised the misleading information given to air passengers by the European Commission during the volcanic ash crisis in 2010. Link permalink
Jeffrey Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric, has resigned as a class B director on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, citing increased demands on his time. Link permalink
The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today urged businesses to transform their enterprises into low-carbon operations that are environmentally sound and benefit communities in order to remain profitable and sustainable. Link permalink
[Dig up the old enemies] BAGHDAD " There haven't been any Saddam sightings, yet. But he is still in the house, some Iraqis believe, and was heard from just this week. Since the former dictator's execution in December 2006,... Link permalink
After the manufacturer of the Alzheimer's drug memantine submitted a supplementary analysis of study data, the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) sees proof of a benefit of the drug for cognitive function, as well as indications of a benefit... Link permalink
Lithium helps slow the progression of memory loss - raising the possibility it could be used to prevent dementia. The naturally occurring element has long been prescribed to treat mood swings and bipolar disorder and research has also shown it can halt the progress of the... Link permalink
In about two months time. Link permalink
Several initiatives are underway to try to formalize Congo's mining sector, with various stakeholders involved in each. Coordination and harmonization of efforts will be a major challenge to declaring Congo's minerals conflict-free. Link permalink
The 1994 genocide in next-door Rwanda lit a fuse in Congo. In 1996 a rebel army from eastern Congo marched a thousand miles across the lush country to depose Mobutu Sese Seko, he of the leopard skin fez, whose regime had been badly weakened by the winding down of Western support... Link permalink
Rwanda has banned the sale of minerals from areas where there is fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in compliance with a U.S. law requiring minerals to be certified conflict-free, its mines minister said. Link permalink
The Earth is expanding, blowing up like a balloon, and will eventually explode many millions of years from now. The shifting, aberrant, unstable core is a symptom of this process and causes geomagnetic field instability. Link permalink
Affleck didn't dwell on it much, but he's attracted some pretty high-profile donors to his cause. They include billionaire and Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen; Cindy Hensley McCain, wife of Senator John McCain; Humanity United, a foundation led... Link permalink
While the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake is causing many companies to worry about the electronics supply chain, a different pall is hovering over a rare, blue-gray metal that is mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The substance is tantalum, an ingredient in... Link permalink
But after close examination of the alleged document - an examination you can repeat for yourself to satisfy yourself that this is not some sort of sick joke - it is clear that this "certificate" is not a photograph, a photocopy or a scan.  It was assembled. Link permalink
Here's how the U.S. Air Force wants to hunt the next generation of its enemies: A tiny drone sneaks up to a suspect, paints him with an unnoticed powder or goo that allows American forces to follow him everywhere he goes " until they train a missile on him. Link permalink
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Meanwhile, going by Saudi media reports, the U.S. Department of State asked Arabsat, the satellite management company, to suspend broadcasting by Libyan channels. Link permalink
They say the campaign constitutes false advertising and are seeking compensation for lost profits and corrective advertising. The corn industry say the case has no merit. Link permalink
Uganda took control of Tropical on March 25 to protect the lender from sanctions imposed on Libya by the United Nations. The UN measures were aimed at halting attacks by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's regime on protesters. Link permalink
On the fourth day of tornadoes the activity will shift from the South and Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic, where severe weather is already underway. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted, either by local authorities or weather radar. The latest raft of warnings cover parts of northern New Jersey and the lower Hudson Valley in New York. Link permalink
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton have a particular love of Haiti, and Clinton's counselor Cheryl Mills has been spearheading the department's work on post-quake relief there. Penn is also executive producer of a new documentary, "Love Hate Love," on three families whose lives were affected by terrorism, which premiered in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this week. Link permalink
The Chronicle's Carla Marinucci - who, like many contemporary reporters, has a phone with video capabilities on her at all times - pulled out a small video camera last week and shot some protesters interrupting an Obama fundraiser at the St. Regis Hotel. She was part of a "print pool" - a limited number of journalists at an event who represent their bigger hoard colleagues - which White House press officials still refer to quaintly as "pen and pad" reporting. Link permalink

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