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US Top Brass To Rein In Israel Over Iran

Posted January 20, 2012 09:04:59

In diplomatic speak, it is a dialogue on security. From the outside, it looks like the US hosing down Israel over Iran and its nuclear threat.

America's top military commander has flown to Israel for talks with prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, focusing on Iran's nuclear program and its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz.

Reports continue to emerge that Israel is preparing to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, and General Martin Dempsey's visit is being seen by some as a move to pull Israel into line.

Meanwhile Iran's foreign minister, who has been visiting Turkey, says his country is ready to resume talks with the West.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-20/iran-israel-relations-am/3783850?section=world

Lawmakers Try To Keep Anti-Piracy Bills On Track

(01-19) 15:30 PST WASHINGTON (AP) --

Five days before a critical vote, senators are abandoning an anti-piracy bill they had supported after an outpouring of online opposition to tinkering with Internet freedoms.

Senate Democratic leaders still plan to vote next Tuesday on taking up the Protect International Property Act and supporters were scrambling to make changes before then to answer some of the critics, but it was questionable whether they had the 60 votes needed.

Half-a-dozen of the 40 original co-sponsors of what is known as the PIPA bill withdrew their support Wednesday amid a one-day protest blackout by Wikipedia and other Web giants and a flood of emails to Capitol Hill offices that at times doubled normal volumes.

When more than 7 million sign a petition on Google saying the Senate bill and its counterpart in the House would censor the Web and impose burdensome regulations on U.S. businesses, lawmakers listen.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/19/national/w121950S79.DTL#ixzz1jxB7jOnY

Are Democrats About To Lose An Entire Generation Of Voters By Pushing PIPA/SOPA Forward?

I've talked, in great detail, how the SOPA/PIPA debate has been a non-partisan discussion. It's not bi-partisan and it's not partisan. It's just non-partisan. The debate has nothing to do with traditional Democrat or Republican lines. This has confused cable news, who has a script to follow, but doesn't know what to do with strange bedfellows. However, some people have noticed an interesting thing in the response to yeseterdays' protests: it was mostly Republicans who moved decisively away from PIPA and SOPA. While a few Democrats did so, many took hedging steps -- saying they "heard concerns" and would "work to fix" things -- but still supporting the bill. This is -- quite reasonably -- infuriating internet savvy Democrats who point out that the party is on the verge of losing an entire younger generation by supporting not just this legislation, but the corrupt process that created it:

If you keep reading that story, the Democrats listed all remain adamant that they'll remain co-sponsors of the legislation but work to "fix it".

Bullshit.

It's been a while since we've seen Democrats this tone deaf, this oblivious to political reality.

You have an entire wired generation focused on this issue like a laser, fighting like hell to protect their online freedoms, and it's FUCKING REPUBLICANS who are playing the heroes by dropping support?

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http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120119/10044417471/are-democrats-about-to-lose-entire-generation-

Afghan Night Raid Sparks Anti-U.S. Protest

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, January 19, 2012

KABUL — Hundreds of people took to the streets in a town in northeastern Afghanistan Thursday in protest over a night raid by Afghan and NATO forces that allegedly killed six civilians, an official said.

A woman and a child were among the dead in the air and ground raid on Dewa Gul Vally, a Taliban stronghold in the Chawki district of Kunar province, on Monday night, provincial governor Fazlullah Wahidi told AFP.

“The raid was not coordinated with us. Those killed were civilians, among them a woman and a child,” Wahidi said. “Now the people are demanding justice.”

Angry protesters in Chawki chanted slogans condemning both NATO forces and the Afghan government as they marched through the centre of the district, he added.

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http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/01/19/afghan-night-raid-sparks-anti-u-s-protest/

Anonymous Attacks DOJ Site After Feds Shut Down Piracy Hub Megaupload

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- In one of the U.S. government's largest anti-piracy crackdowns ever, federal agents on Thursday arrested the leaders of and shut down Megaupload.com, a popular hub for illegal file sharing.

Hours later, Megaupload's fans turned the table on the feds. "Hacktivist" collective Anonymous set its sights on the U.S. Department of Justice and apparently knocked the agency's website offline.

"We are having website having website problems, but we're not sure what it's from," a DOJ spokeswoman told CNNMoney.

The DOJ website glitches came soon after various Twitter accounts associated with Anonymous took aim at the agency.

"One thing is certain: EXPECT US! #Megaupload" read one tweet from AnonOps.

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http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/19/technology/megaupload_shutdown/

Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Website Megaupload

One of the world's largest file-sharing sites was shut down Thursday, and its founder and several company executives were charged with violating piracy laws, federal prosecutors said.

An indictment accuses Megaupload.com of costing copyright holders more than $500 million in lost revenue from pirated films and other content. The indictment was unsealed one day after websites including Wikipedia and Craigslist shut down in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart online piracy.

The Justice Department said in a statement said that Kim Dotcom, formerly known as Kim Schmitz, and three others were arrested Thursday in New Zealand at the request of U.S. officials. Two other defendants are at large.

Megaupload was unique not only because of its massive size and the volume of downloaded content, but also because it had high-profile support from celebrities, musicians and other content producers who are most often the victims of copyright infringement and piracy. Before the website was taken down, it contained endorsements from Kim Kardashian, Alicia Keys and Kanye West, among others.

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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/19/national/a113757S64.DTL

First-Time Jobless Claims in U.S. Reach Lowest Level in Almost Four Years

By Bob Willis and Shobhana Chandra - Thu Jan 19 14:12:21 GMT 2012

Fewer Americans than forecast filed first-time applications for unemployment benefits last week, easing concern that post-holiday firings were on the rise.

Claims plunged by 50,000 to 352,000 in the week ended Jan. 14, the lowest level since April 2008, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 41 economists in a Bloomberg News survey projected 384,000. A Labor Department spokesman said the decrease reflected volatility seen during this time of year. The four-week average, which smoothes out fluctuations, decreased to 379,000 last week from 382,500.

Companies are slowing the pace of firings and beginning to step up the pace of hiring even as a slump in Europe spurred by a default crisis may limit U.S. growth. The improvement may be a sign that companies are looking to expand their workforces as sales climb.

“You’ve got a gradual improvement in the labor market,” said Brian Jones, a senior U.S. economist at Societe Generale in New York, whose forecast of 363,000 was the lowest. Because of “choppiness with the beginning of the calendar year, you have to look at the four-week moving average” which he said was “encouraging.”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-19/jobless-claims-in-u-s-plunge-to-lowest-in-almost-four-years.html

NYPD, Feds Testing Gun-Scanning Technology, But Civil Liberties Groups Up In Arms

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD is stepping up their war against illegal guns, with a new tool that could detect weapons on someone as they walk down the street.

But is it violating your right to privacy?

Police, along with the U.S. Department of Defense, are researching new technology in a scanner placed on police vehicles that can detect concealed weapons.

“You could use it at a specific event. You could use it at a shooting-prone location,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez on Tuesday.

It’s called Terahertz Imaging Detection. It measures the energy radiating from a body up to 16 feet away, and can detect anything blocking it, like a gun.

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http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/01/17/nypd-testing-gun-scanning-technology/

Chicago Police Say Fines For Protesters Won’t Increase During NATO, G-8 Summits

By Associated Press,

CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed off on a proposal to increase by hundreds of dollars the fines for anyone who resists arrest during two upcoming summits of international leaders — wiping away one of the most contentious issues among protesters’ concerns that the city was intent on squashing their right to protest.

The decision was announced Tuesday as the City Council began dealing with how to balance security with free expression during the G-8 and NATO summits scheduled for May.

The proposed increase — doubling the maximum fine to $1,000 — had been part of a security ordinance that alderman ultimately passed during a council committee meeting on Tuesday. Aldermen said that, without the increase, the proposal is likely to win approval when it returns to the full council on Wednesday.

In addition, the city scaled back a provision on an ordinance that critics said would have required anyone applying for parade permits during the G-8 and NATO summits to provide detailed information about the signs they planned to carry.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/chicago-police-say-fines-for-protesters-wont-increase-during-nato-g-8-summits/2012/01/17/gIQA9nHG6P_story.html

New York Manufacturing Index Jumps To Nine-Month High

(RTTNews) - New York manufacturing activity has continued to expand in the month of January, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Tuesday, with the index of regional manufacturing activity rising by more than expected.

The New York Fed said its general business conditions index climbed to 13.5 in January from a revised 8.2 in December, with a positive reading indicating growth in manufacturing activity. Economists had expected the index to edge up to 10.5 from the 9.5 originally reported for the previous month.

With the bigger than expected increase, the general business conditions index rose to its highest level since coming in at 17.9 in April.

Paul Dales, Senior U.S. Economist at Capital Economics, said the continued increase by the index provides a "bit of a relief after the soft retail sales and trade reports released last week."

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http://www.rttnews.com/ArticleView.aspx?Id=1799276
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