Tuesday, January 29, 2013
An explosion and fire has been reported at an oil storage facility in Van Zandt County, Texas; 2 injured - @NBCDFW
Isolated tornadoes and widespread damaging winds could hit many parts of the southern US, National Weather Service warns - @NBCNews
Sunday, January 27, 2013
10 people die and 33 are hurt as coach plunges into a ravine in Portugal, rescue services say - @AFP
Shots are fired and police used tear gas at tense funeral march for those killed in Port Said clashes - @AJEnglish
159 bodies are already identified and removed from Brazilian nightclub, senior police officer says - @Reuters
US successfully tests interceptor missile designed to target enemy rockets, Department of Defense says - @examinercom
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Rhode Island Gov. Chafee calls same-sex bill passed by House 'historic,' urges Senate to follow suit - @LincolnChafee
Robert Gates offers 'strong endorsement' of Hagel for Defense in a letter signed by Schultz, Scowcroft & Laird - @ABC's @jonkarl
Sen. Robert Menendez says he expects committee to vote to confirm Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state by Tuesday, with vote by full Senate after - @Reuters
Video shows change in temperatures across US this week - NOAAVisualizations on YouTube via @stormchaser4850
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton says she was more focused on embassy in Cairo before Benghazi attack - broadcast
Bus carrying 40 pupils slides off a road in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire; no reported injuries - @itvnews
US economy will grow modestly in 2013, @Reuters poll of economists finds
British student taking an Oxford University college to court alleging he was refused a place on financial grounds - @BBCNews
US is taking a 'top-to-bottom' look at how its people operate in high-threat areas, Hilary Clinton says - broadcast
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Nigeria president said his troops will stay in Mali until crisis is over and democracy is in place - @AJELive
Chance of a 2-state solution in the Middle East is slipping away, UK Foreign Secretary Hague warns - @BBCNews
Kansas abortion clinic that closed in 2009 after murder of Dr. George Tiller plans to reopen this spring - @Reuters
Around 6,000 customers are without power in St. Charles County, Missouri; outage blamed on cold - @ksdknews
Bolivian president: Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez undergoing physical therapy 'to return to his country' - @Reuters
Photo: Chicago firefighters responding to high rise fire - via @CFDMedia
Sunday, January 20, 2013
At least 3 people die in clashes between police and local residents in Cairo, health ministry confirms - @ahramonline
Islamist rebels flee town of Diabaly following days of French airstrikes, according to obtained video - @AP
More than 200 masked Serbian police take down Albanian guerrilla memorial, @Reuters reporter at the scene says
Egypt's police stop 1 ton of explosives heading to Gaza in single largest explosives bust, official says - @Haaretzcom
A couple and their 3 children are among those killed by air raids on a town in Damascus province, watchdog says - @AFP
BBC apologizes after children's program from 2001 is re-aired showing character dressed as Jimmy Savile - @BBCNews
Bolshoi Theater's artistic director will undergo more surgery after acid attack near his home in Moscow, doctors say - @RT_com
French sailor spent 3 days adrift 500 nautical miles south of Tasmania before he was rescued - @BBCNews
25 bodies are discovered inside Algerian gas plant, country's privately-owned Ennahar TV says - @Reuters
Australian outlaw Ned Kelly is buried in cement in a hometown burial plot next to his mother - @theheraldsun
French round-the-world sailor Alain Delord, whose yacht was wrecked in the Southern Ocean, is rescued by an Antarctic cruise ship - @BBCNews
Algerian explosives teams scour gas plant looking for traps following hostage crisis, state news service says - @AP
Friday, January 18, 2013
Video: Lance Armstrong tells Oprah Winfrey 'I deserved to be punished. I'm not sure I deserve the death penalty,' in reference to lifetime ban - OWN
New South Wales, Australia, acting premier applauds firefighters, says their work adverted 'a potentially tragic disaster'; 29 fires not contained - AAP
US official confirms identity of American killed in Algeria hostage situation; Frederick Buttaccio's remains recovered at plant - @NBCNews
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Live video: Notre Dame comments on possible hoax surrounding the girlfriend of Manti Te'o - @NBCNews
Mass. governor will announce an income tax increase of 1% with sales tax cut during his State of the Commonwealth address - @bostonherald
Denver officer shot in serious condition; 1 suspect dead, 1 critical, 2 others injured, 1 at large - @CBSDenver
US military leaders warn Congress that its failure to pass a 2013 defense budget has pushed the Pentagon to the brink of a crisis - @AP
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
New York Gov. Cuomo signs law that expands ban on assault rifles and requires new background checks - @nytimes
Photo: Shooting unfolding between 14th and 15th in the heart of downtown St. Louis - @LauraKHettiger http://t.co/Encp7TiS
Monday, January 14, 2013
Teen accused of attempted murder in shooting at high school in Taft, California, will be charged as adult - @KGETnews
Coroner's officials amended Natalie Wood's death certificate based on unanswered questions about bruises - @AP
President Obama: Failing to raise the nation's debt limit would be 'irresponsible' and 'absurd' - @AP
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Algeria has authorized French warplanes to use its airspace for bombing raids in neighboring Mali - @AFP
Venezuela's most senior political leaders are in Cuba to visit President Hugo Chavez, who is still in serious condition - @BBCNews
Gangs back! #redwings http://t.co/YdjyhvKD
Black Sabbath announced today that their new album, the 1st with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years, is due out in June - @RollingStone
A shooting outside the Empire Club in Hollywood, Calif., overnight claimed 1 life, injured 2 others - @CBSLA
Thousands of Russians march in condemnation of Russian Parliament's move to ban adoption of Russian children by American families - @nytimes
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dancer who is the main witness in the sex trial of Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is to testify on Monday - @Reuters
Chicago's police superintendent calls for tougher gun laws, reiterates opposition to concealed carry of handguns - @chicagotribune
Unknown attackers threw petrol bombs at tents housing protesters outside the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo - @Reuters
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Best Picture Oscar nominees (2/2): 'Life of Pi,' 'Lincoln,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' - live video
Best Actor Oscar nominees: Daniel Day Lewis, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Joaquin Phoenix - live video
Supporting Actress Oscar nominees: Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Jacki Weaver, Helen Hunt, Amy Adams - live video
Supporting Actor Oscar nominees: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin - live video
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Japan's All Nippon Airways Co. cancels Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight due to brake problems in new technical setback for aircraft - @Reuters
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
More: Steubenville City, Ohio, schools under precautionary lockdown after shooting threat made on social media - @WTOV9
Calif. Boy Scout group challenges ban on gays by formally recommending an openly gay former Scout be awarded top rank of Eagle - @Reuters
at 9:11 AM Tuesday, January 8, 2013Until recently, the most frequently cited argument by advocates of unconditionally normalizing relations with the Cuban dictatorship was that sanctions provide the Castro regime with an excuse for its failures and repression.
This silly argument presumes that the Cuban people are ignorant as to whom is beating and imprisoning them, or to whom is prostituting and humiliating them to garner favor (and profit) from foreign tourists.
Hint: It's not the U.S.
Moreover, this argument has been debunked by polling data from the island consistently showing that less than 10% of Cubans believe the U.S. embargo is the cause of their ills.
Thus, to lift sanctions, and hand-over billions of dollars to the Castro brothers and its military henchmen -- in order to try to convince less than 10% of Cubans that the U.S. is not at fault -- is absurd (at best).
So their new argument is that the U.S. should lift sanctions to somehow "empower" Castro's "self-employed" -- for this will supposedly prompt them to push for human rights and political reforms thereafter.
(Note: There is no "private sector" in Cuba, a term all too frequently misused by the media when referring to Castro's "self-employed," who are only allowed to lease the practice of a limited set of pre-approved services. However, all means of production are legally owned by the state.)
It's a rehash of the theory that "economic reforms will eventually lead to political reforms."
Except that this never happens -- to the contrary.
Just ask Chinese and Vietnamese pro-democracy activists, who have been reduced to a fraction of what they were prior to the world embracing the "economic reforms" of their rulers, which have only strengthened those brutal dictatorships.
So how exactly would lifting sanctions help Castro's "self-employed"?
Perhaps in the same manner as Canadians and Europeans helped Castro's "self-employed" during the 1990s -- by prostituting and humiliating them, while Castro's military raked in billions at the very top.
For the fact remains foreigners are strictly prohibited from directly hiring Cubans (much less paying them in hard currency), or contracting with them in any type of business venture. Moreover, the Castro regime's Constitution clearly states that all foreign commerce is strictly reserved for the state.
So perhaps they are hoping for some sort of totalitarian "trickle-down effect," whereby tourists spend $5,000 in the regime's hotels, restaurants and nightclubs -- and then buy a $2 trinket or service from a "self-employed" artisan pre-approved (and then heavily taxed) by the Castro regime to set up a stand in a restricted tourist zone.
Now that's a deal only Castro could dream up.