21 votes

Google Opens Virtual Window Into Secretive Data Center

October 17, 2012 | 6:41AM

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Google is opening a virtual window into the secretive data centers that serve as its nerve center. The closely guarded facilities house an intricate maze of computers that process Internet search requests, show YouTube video clips and distribute email for millions of people.

The unprecedented peek is being provided through a new website unveiled Wednesday at http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/gallery/./

The site features photos from inside some of the eight data centers that Google Inc. already has running in the U.S., Finland and Belgium. Google is also building data centers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and China.

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75 votes

For a few laughs: Romney Tax Plan

Check this out. It is quite creative :)


42 votes

Prepper Put on No-Fly List, Stranded in Hawaii

What does it take to get your name on the no-fly list in America? Apparently you only need to be classified as a “prepper.”

When 34-year-old U.S. citizen and Mississippi resident Wade Hicks boarded a military flight to visit his wife, a Navy lieutenant stationed in Okinawa, Japan, he did not think it would be a one-way trip. Stopping off in Hawaii to refuel, upon reboarding the plane, Hicks was quickly escorted back off again by armed guards. He was then taken to a secure interrogation room where Hicks was informed he would not be flying anywhere because he turned up on the no-fly list.

Hicks has since been stranded on the island state without a way home.

14 votes

Global Food Reserves Have Reached Their Lowest Level In Almost 40 Years

By Michael, on October 16th, 2012

For six of the last eleven years the world has consumed more food than it has produced. This year, drought in the United States and elsewhere has put even more pressure on global food supplies than usual. As a result, global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years. Experts are warning that if next summer is similar to this summer that it could be enough to trigger a major global food crisis. At this point, the world is literally living from one year to the next. There is simply not much of a buffer left.

In the western world, the first place where we are going to notice the impact of this crisis is in the price of food. It is being projected that overall food prices will rise between 5 and 20 percent by the end of this year. It is becoming increasingly clear that the world has reached a tipping point. We aren't producing enough food for everyone anymore, and food reserves will continue to get lower and lower. Eventually they may be totally gone.

90 votes

Talk Show Icon Larry King to Moderate "3rd Party" Debate

"Larry King, the celebrated talk show host accustomed to A-list interview guests, has agreed to moderate a debate featuring a squad of minor-party presidential candidates."


Your thoughts on the choice of moderator? Larry King is a household name, and his presence at this debate really helped attract more cameras!


Christina Tobin is the Chairwoman of the Free and Equal Foundation that is hosting the debate, if anyone reading this is in contact with anyone in the media who may like to interview Christina, please pass my phone number along to them and I'll line it up!

If you missed this debate, watch it here - http://freeandequal.org/updates/did-you-miss-the-debate-watc...

In Liberty, Zak Carter

63 votes

Nation Tunes In To See Which Sociopath More Likable This Time

"HEMPSTEAD, NY—According to reports, millions of viewers across the country are expected to tune in to tonight’s town-hall-style presidential debate at Hofstra University in order to determine which complete and utter sociopath they find more likable this time around."

“I’m very curious to see which one of these two clinically sociopathic individuals will present the most convincing and authentic approximation of an actual human conscience tonight,” said Cincinnati-area voter Miranda Harrick, 40, adding that both candidates, like all successful politicians, were undeniably skilled at such calculated artifice. “I think whoever is able to best manipulate me into thinking they experience normative emotional states such as empathy and regret will probably have my vote come November, so I’m excited to see what happens.”

24 votes

US Begins Talks to Extend Troop Presence in Afghanistan Beyond 2014

Reports say Washington is vying for an agreement with Kabul that would keep tens of thousands of troops there until 2024

by John Glaser, October 16, 2012

The US has begun negotiations with the Kabul government over the extension of troop presence past 2014, despite repeated claims by the Obama administration that the war in Afghanistan will come to an end that year.

Vice President Joe Biden, during last week’s debate with VP candidate Paul Ryan, told tens of millions of Americans, yet again, that the US is leaving Afghanistan in 2014.

“We are leaving in 2014, period, and in the process, we’re going to be saving over the next 10 years another $800 billion,” Biden said. “We’ve been in this war for over a decade. The primary objective is almost completed. Now all we’re doing is putting the Kabul government in a position to be able to maintain their own security. It’s their responsibility, not America’s.”

But US and Afghan negotiators met in Kabul last week to talk about the formal security agreement that will govern the presence of US troops past 2014. And more such meetings are already set to take place.

-19 votes

LIVE: Open Debate Thread 10/16/12

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71 votes

Ben Swann: Why Media Won't Talk About Executive Orders


Executive Order 11110 was issued by U.S. President John F. Kennedy on June 4, 1963.

This executive order delegated to the Secretary of the Treasury the President's authority to issue silver certificates.

Link to the full speech below, for those interested:

17 votes

Report: Iran Plotting to Spill Oil in Strait of Hormuz

CNBC: Iran is secretly planning to spill oil into the Strait of Hormuz as revenge for Western sanctions, according to Der Spiegel.

The German news weekly claims to have spoken to Western intelligence sources who say they have obtained Iran's classified report on the operation, which has the potential to create an environmental disaster.

Code-named "Murky Water," the plan allegedly involves steering an Iranian supertanker, capable of carrying hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil, onto a rock.

According to Der Spiegel:

91 votes

GOP 2012, by Kevin Tuma

First spotted at: Liberty for All

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