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Ireland: Ruling likely to force a rewrite of abortion laws

December 19, 2010
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Dallas Morning News    

"Ireland, where it is virtually impossible to obtain a legal abortion, will probably have to rewrite its laws after a European court ruled Thursday that it had violated its own Constitution by failing to provide an abortion to a pregnant woman who had cancer. Ireland has one of Europe's most stringent anti-abortion laws, holding that abortion is illegal in every circumstance except where there is a 'real and substantial risk' to the life of the mother." (12/19/10)

 

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Fog delays South Korea firing drills

December 19, 2010
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ABC News    

"South Korea says heavy fog is delaying a plan to stage live-fire drills from an island attacked by North Korea last month. It was unclear if the bad weather would force the South to scrap its plan to conduct the drills Monday. Residents of front-line islands have been ordered into bomb shelters, and North Korea has threatened to retaliate, sharply spiking tensions on the Korean peninsula." (12/19/10)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=12436440  

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UT: Niece killed aunt’s attacker

December 19, 2010
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Standard Examiner    

"Police officials do not anticipate filing criminal charges against a 17-year-old girl who shot and killed a man who was strangling her aunt Thursday night. At a news conference Friday, Police Chief Greg Whinham said 37-year-old John F. Sharp was choking his girlfriend, 32-year-old Mellony Pursel, at their home located at 1920 W. 4400 South when the 17-year-old girl picked up a gun and told Sharp to stop what he was doing. When Sharp turned and came toward the girl, she shot him twice in the chest." (12/17/10)

http://tinyurl.com/24yg9u9  

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PA: Would-be robber picks wrong guy

December 19, 2010
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Pittsburgh Post Gazette    

"On the ground and dazed from the jolt of a stun gun, Bill Miller peered over his shoulder and saw his assailant slip out the door. The man had just taken Mr. Miller's cash and his driver's license at gunpoint. He had a hunch the gunman would be back for more. Mr. Miller scrambled to his feet and grabbed the pistol he keeps in a cabinet above his desk, tucked in the corner of his small auto shop in Dormont. 'I took a step and looked right at the door and all I saw was a chrome gun coming back in,' Mr. Miller said. 'When he came back, I knew it wasn't to say Merry Christmas.'" (12/18/10)

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10352/1111739-55.stm  

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FBI now spying on your garbage

December 19, 2010
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Press TV [Iranian State Media]    

"Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents are helping local authorities turn thousands of garbage collectors into a spy force that reports to the police." (12/18/10)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/155942.html  

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CIA gave waterboarders $5 million legal shield

December 19, 2010
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Associated Press    

"When the CIA decided to waterboard suspected terror detainees in overseas prisons, the agency turned to a pair of contractors. The men designed the CIA's interrogation program and also personally took part in the waterboarding sessions. But to do the job, the CIA had to promise to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for them in case there was trouble down the road ..." (12/17/10)

 

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UN Security Council deadlocked on Korean crisis

December 19, 2010
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Reuters    

"Disagreements on the U.N. Security Council over the crisis on the Korean peninsula are so severe that it is unlikely they can be resolved, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations Susan Rice said Sunday. ... Western diplomats said China and Russia were pushing for an ambiguous statement that would not have blamed North Korea for the crisis, but would have called on both sides to exercise restraint. Rice said the 'vast majority' of council members did not want an ambiguous statement." (12/19/10)

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BJ08A20101220  

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The (tiny) probe droid you’ve been looking for

December 19, 2010
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Wired    

"With its squat body and tendril-like stands drooping down, this mini-drone might have been inspired by the Probot spy droid used to find the Rebel Alliance on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. ... Honeywell says it's building a 'much larger' T-Hawk for the Army that'll be ready for tests in 2012, as well as a version for police anti-drug missions. Even if you're hiding on an ice planet, it'll find you." (12/16/10)

http://tinyurl.com/24l8o66  

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King plans hearings on “radical Islam”

December 19, 2010
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Wall Street Journal    

"The incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said Sunday that he will hold hearings on the 'radicalization of the American Muslim community.' In an op-ed piece in Newsday, Rep. Peter King said such hearings are critical because al-Qaida 'is recruiting Muslims living legally in the United States -- homegrown terrorists who have managed to stay under the anti-terror radar screen.'" [editor's note: This is the same idiot pol who, after years of open support for the Provisional IRA, called for classifying Wikileaks as a "terrorist organization" - TLK] (12/19/10)

 

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Airports urged to overhaul security system

December 19, 2010
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Washington Post    

"Nine years after the Sept. 11 attacks and decades after hijackers first began to target passenger airliners, the United States has invested billions of dollars in an airport system that makes technology the last line of defense to intercept terrorists. It has yet to catch one. In every known recent attempt, terrorists have used a different tactic to evade the latest technology at airport checkpoints, only to be thwarted by information unearthed through intelligence work -- or alert passengers in flight." [editor's note: And so "don't-call-it-profiling" takes over from the porno cams and physical molestation? I'll believe it when I see it! - SAT] (12/18/10)

http://tinyurl.com/2bl26hc  

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Science news: Teleporters could be in our future

December 19, 2010
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Fox News    

"A strange discovery by quantum physicists at the University of California Santa Barbara means that an object you can see in front of you may exist simultaneously in a parallel universe -- a multi-state condition that has scientists theorizing that teleportation or even time travel may be much more than just the plaything of science fiction writers."[editor's note: That would be a reason to want to live longer to see it -- brief holiday visits, exotic dinner-dates ... the mind boggles - SAT] (12/18/10)

http://tinyurl.com/27j2q8r  

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Pulitzer winner: US empire could collapse at any time

December 19, 2010
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Raw Story    

"America's military and economic empire could collapse at any time, but predicting the precise day, week or month of its potential demise is unattainable, according to a former New York Times war correspondent who spoke with Raw Story. 'The when and how is very dangerous to predict because there's always some factor that blindsides you that you didn't expect,' Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges said in an exclusive interview. 'It doesn't look good. But exactly how it plays out and when it plays out, having covered disintegrating societies, it's impossible to tell.'" (12/17/10)

http://tinyurl.com/24nds2j  

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MA: State cops join fed push on illegal [sic] immigrants

December 19, 2010
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Boston Globe    

"Massachusetts State Police will join a controversial federal program early next year to help the US government detect and deport illegal immigrants arrested for crimes, a sharp departure from Governor Deval Patrick’s 2007 decision barring troopers from enforcing immigration laws. State officials said they decided to join Boston and scores of other communities in the federal program because its main focus is on detaining and deporting murderers, rapists and other high-level criminals ..." [editor's note: If this program is indeed limited to arrest and deportation of violent criminals who actually aggress against others, it MIGHT have value - SAT] (12/18/10)

http://tinyurl.com/287nokj  

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Found bones may solve Amelia Earhart mystery

December 19, 2010
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ABC News    

"Three bone fragments found by a team of researchers on a deserted South Pacific island along Amelia Earhart's fateful route could provide the long-sought answer to what happened to the pioneering aviator and her navigator Fred Noonan. Scientists at the University of Oklahoma said they hope to extract DNA from the tiny bone chips that will prove they belonged to Earhart, and indicate that she died as a castaway on the remote Nikumaroro Island, after failing in her 1937 effort to circle the globe." (12/19/10)

http://tinyurl.com/2akj9gr  

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CA: Oswald coffin auctioned for more than $87k

December 19, 2010
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Associated Press    

"The simple wooden coffin that was supposed to be Lee Harvey Oswald’s final resting place will soon have a new resting place of its own after a mystery bidder bought it at auction for more than $87,000. The coffin was put on the block late last month by a Texas funeral home owner who swapped it with Oswald’s family for a new one when Oswald’s body was briefly exhumed in 1981. It sold Thursday evening for $87,469, which includes a 20 percent buyer’s fee." (12/18/10)

http://tinyurl.com/2fyzlug  

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Welcome to the new RRND!

December 18, 2010
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We were planning to launch this new version of RRND on our 8th birthday this coming Thursday ... but while it's not completely finished, it's done enough to roll out a little early.

Apart from the new layout, nifty graphics, better site performance, etc., we're also now publishing all of our content, instead of just portions, to Twitter and Facebook:

http://twitter.com/rationalreview
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Thanks to our "beta testers" (subscribing contributors got an early heads up and made suggestions for correction/improvement), and to all of our readers -- happy birthday to us!

Since this is a "weekend special edition" -- in other words, a chance to throw the thing around and see what breaks! -- I'm not going to do a fundraiser update (I'll have one for you Monday), but as always we appreciate your support for the freedom movement's daily newspaper. For information on how to return value for value, see:

http://rationalreview.news-digests.com/support-rrnd

Have a great weekend, and we'll be back with a full edition on Monday!

Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Publisher
Rational Review

 

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Iraq: Eight wounded

December 18, 2010
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Reports of violence are still scant following the Ashura observances, but at least eight Iraqis were wounded in at least three explosions in Baghdad. Meanwhile, the Electricity Ministry has opened bidding to foreign companies on four new power stations that could boost production. Last summer, the lack of electricity lead to riots in southern Iraq." (12/18/10)

http://tinyurl.com/2ctnyme  

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US Senate passes “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal

December 18, 2010
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USA Today    

"In a historic move, the Senate on Saturday passed a bill to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that clears the way for gay people to serve openly in the military. The legislation now goes to President Obama, who will sign it into law. ... The final vote was 65-31, with eight Republicans crossing the aisle to support the measure." (12/18/10)

http://tinyurl.com/2bhgtgc  

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Pentagon defends treatment of WikiLeaks suspect

December 18, 2010
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Wikileaks Christian Science Monitor    

"The Pentagon pushed back Friday against news reports that accuse the US military of mistreating [Bradley Manning], calling the allegations 'blatantly false.' ... The Pentagon denies that Manning is being held in solitary confinement. ... '[J]ust being in a cell by yourself doesn’t constitute solitary confinement,' says Col. Dave Lapan. 'He is surrounded by other people' in adjacent cells .... Manning can watch television for one hour per day and read newspapers, military officials say." (12/17/10)

http://tinyurl.com/29s8j6v  

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IA: Idiot pols target judges who struck down marriage apartheid

December 18, 2010
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Reuters    

"Three newly-elected Iowa state representatives are drafting legislation that they hope will lead to impeaching four state Supreme Court justices who struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Iowa made national headlines last month when three other justices who joined in the unanimous opinion were voted off the court in mid-term elections. ... Republicans Tom Shaw of Laurens, Glen Massie of Des Moines and Kim Pearson of Pleasant Hill are drafting articles of impeachment to try to remove the other four Supreme Court justices." (12/17/10)

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BG68Y20101217  

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CIA’s Pakistan chief outed, removed

December 18, 2010
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Washington Post    

"U.S. officials said Friday they are increasingly convinced that Pakistan's intelligence service deliberately exposed the identity of the CIA's top spy in Pakistan, triggering death threats and forcing the agency to pull him from his post. ... The CIA officer was rushed out of the agency's massive station in Islamabad on the same day that President Obama issued a new warning to Pakistan's leaders that 'terrorist safe havens within their borders must be dealt with.'" (12/18/10)

http://tinyurl.com/2c9kj8y  

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