SOME IN GOP SLAM BOEHNER FISCAL CLIFF PROPOSAL, ALREADY REJECTED BY OBAMA: President Obama held to his stance in an interview with Bloomberg Television yesterday (December 4th) that any proposal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" must allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire. Meanwhile, showing the tough spot House Speaker John Boehner is in, some conservative Republicans slammed the proposal he'd put forward the day before as going too far, a proposal that the White House had already
rejected for giving too little. Republican Senator Jim DeMint of
Cairo, continuing demonstrations that have been ongoing since Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last month issued decrees giving him near-absolute power and the rushed-through adoption by his allies of a controversial draft constitution. There were also protests in
Islamist control over everyday life. A nationwide referendum on the constitution is set for December 15th, but the country's judges have already said they won't fulfill their usual role of overseeing the vote, hurting its legitimacy.
FRAIL DOLE RETURNS TO SENATE FOR DISABILITIES VOTE THAT FAILS: A frail former Senator Bob Dole was back on the Senate floor yesterday (December 4th) in a wheelchair, the 89-year-old Kansas Republican who served as his party's Senate leader for 11 years until he stepped down in 1996, the year he was the GOP's presidential nominee, there to show his support for a treaty on disabilities, which ultimately failed to pass. Dole had recently been
hospitalized, but felt strongly enough about the U.N treaty banning discrimination against people with disabilities to come to the Senate personally. Democratic Senator John
Kerry acknowledged Dole's presence, saying the World War Two veteran who was left with permanent disabilities after being wounded was there to advocate for the treaty and ensure that disabled American veterans are treated with dignity and respect. The treaty is nonbinding and is based on our nation's Americans with Disabilities Act, but conservatives argued it could potentially interfere with parents' ability to homeschool their disabled children, a fear
that proponents said was unfounded. In the end, only a handful of Republican senators sided with all the Democrats, the vote falling short of the two-thirds needed in the Senate to approve a treaty.
RUBIO SAYS JUST FINISHED PAYING OFF STUDENT DEBT: Republican Senator Marco Rubio of
college -- the only reason -- was because of federal grants and loans. But when I graduated from law school, I had close to $150,000 in student debt." Rubio, who had a prominent speaking position at Mitt Romney's Republican National Convention at the end of August, is considered to be a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
AARP LAUNCHES DATING WEBSITE: AARP is looking beyond Social Security and Medicare policy and senior discounts when it comes to helping the over-50 population it serves, launching an online dating channel and dating website. The organization's Nataki Edwards told
that a quarter of AARP's 37 million members are single, and many have been asking for help in this area. AARP is also offering dating tips for its mature membership on its dating channel, suggesting, for instance, not spending the first date talking only about children and grandchildren or aches and pains.
EARLIEST KNOWN DINOSAUR BELIEVED DISCOVERED: Researchers believe they've discovered the earliest known dinosaur, with the evidence having been in
that lived about 245 million years ago, 10 to 15 million years earlier than any previously discovered fossils. The dinosaur, which was about the size of a Labrador Retriever, has been named Nyasasaurus parringtoni, after
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who was listed by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest person, died Tuesday (December 4th) in a
MORE INFORMATION RELEASED ABOUT JOVAN BELCHER MURDER-SUICIDE: More information was revealed yesterday (December 4th) about the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his 22-year-old girlfriend and mother of their 3-month-old daughter early Saturday (December 1st) before taking his own life. According to a report in the Kansas City Star, Belcher and Perkins had argued early Saturday morning after being out separately the night before. According to the Associated Press,
police found Belcher asleep in his car outside an apartment building at nearly , and he told them he was there to visit his girlfriend, but she wasn't home. After police determined Belcher had no warrants, he made a phone call and was let into the building by a woman.
Belcher stayed at that apartment until 6:30 a.m., and when he got back home, he and Perkins argued, with Belcher's mother, who was staying with them, hearing her son say something like, "You can't talk to me like that" before fatally shooting Perkins. According to the Star, Belcher then leaned over Perkins, said he was sorry, and kissed her on the forehead. Next he
apologized to his mother, kissed his daughter, and drove to the team's headquarters, where he killed himself in front of GM Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel, who tried to talk him out of it. As police got closer, Belcher said, "I got to go...I can't be here," kneeled down and shot himself in the head after making the sign of the cross.
NBA's New Orleans Hornets Changing Their Name to the Pelicans: Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday (December 4th) that the NBA's New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their name to the Pelicans as early as next season, citing what is said were numerous
sources. The Hornets have planned to change their name since Tom Benson, the owner of the NFL's New Orleans Saints, bought the team in April. Why the Pelicans?
downplaying the story, however, with USA Today reporting that the team isn't confirming or denying that Pelicans will be the new name. Instead, Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman said, "Any name and color changes are controlled by the NBA and that process has yet to take shape."
GUITARIST CONFIRMS COMPLETION OF NEW
disc will follow up 2009's Black Gives Way To Blue, which ended a 14-year gap between studio efforts for the group and featured singer/guitarist William DuVall. Cantrell said, "In my opinion, that record stood up to anything else we've put out in our career and this new one is right up there, as well."
The Machine has not played live since headlining its own L.A. Rising festival show in
that that gig could well have been Rage's last. Asked if he had any idea what direction Rage may take in the future, Morello said, "There's no plans, no current direction of anything, so I guess the answer is no. It was my great hope that we'd celebrate the 20th anniversary with a five-continent world tour."
Rage did reissue its 1992 self-titled debut last month in a deluxe box set that includes the remastered album, original demos, tons of live footage on
Morello said, "Whether or not we ever play music again in any capacity is unknown. I'm grateful for the music we played together."
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SIGNS ON FOR 'GHOSTBUSTERS 3': Harold Ramis has
confirmed that Bill Murray has
officially signed on to be in the third Ghostbusters movie. He had
reportedly dropped out of the film but called Ramis in the middle of the night
one night to say he would participate.
'AN AMISH MURDER' WILL PREMIERE IN JANUARY: Neve Campbell's
project for Lifetime called An Amish Murder is set to premiere in
January. It follows a detective who grew up Amish who returns home to to her
community to solve a series of murders.
RELEASES LIST OF MOST OVERPAID ACTORS: Eddie Murphy, Katherine
Heigl, and Reese Witherspoon have made the list of
The list is based on what each star was paid compared to what the movie made at
the box office.
has been released. The film will close the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Take a
MUNIZ SUFFERS A STROKE:
26-year-old Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz is in an
"mini-stroke." It is still unclear what caused the stroke but a
friend told TMZ that the actor was having trouble speaking and
understanding words before he was rushed to the ER on Friday (November 30.)
account on Tuesday (December 4) revealed that Anderson Cooper is recovering from temporary blindness. He was on assignment in
struck him in the eye.
IS ANGELINA JOLIE RETIRING FROM ACTING? Angelina Jolie may still be getting some plum roles in
Jolie explained that she would probably have to be home managing the kids once they
hit their teenage years and that she has found her human-rights work to be a
bit more rewarding than acting. She expressed how grateful she is for her
career but said, "If it went away tomorrow I would be very happy to be
home with the children. I wake up in the morning as a mom and I turn on the
news like everybody else and I see what's happening and I want to be part of
the world in a positive way."
CHRISTMAS DISPLAY PORTRAYS SANTA AS A DEER HUNTER: An
compared with Dr. Seuss's "Grinch." (Patch.com)
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AN EEL CAN POWER CHRISTMAS
and used it to power a sequencer. The sequencer operates circuitry that flashes
the lights, fast or slow, based on the level of voltage he puts out." The aquarium's director of public relations and marketing, Angie Hyde, said, "Visitors can visually and audibly experience the power of our electric eel and get a real sense of how amazing this creature is. We thought we'd put a festive twist on it for the holidays which has been a huge hit with our members
and visitors." Their holiday tree, with lights powered by the eel, will be on display through New Year's Eve. (SaltLakeCity.About.com)
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FACEBOOK "DEFRIENDTION" APP NOW AVAILABLE: A new app allows you to post a public note to your friends' Facebook wall, timeline, and news feed that informs them
of what they have done to offend you. It's called the "Defriendtion" app, and to use it you add it to your Facebook account and then fill out a form. The form allows one to call-out the offender, say why you found their post offensive, and put them on "notice" for a period of time. (The Stir)
Check out the "Defriendtion" app form here: http://tinyurl.com/bu7mj6u
1) Rap makes you more creative. Spontaneous lyrical improvisation engages your
brain's prefrontal cortex region, which is responsible for creative thought,
finds a new National Institutes of Health study. With those parts of your brain
fired up, you're more likely to experience new insights or bursts of
creativity, the study suggests.
2) Classical music helps you focus. Brain scans conducted by
is surprised by an unanticipated chord or harmony - helps engage and sharpen
brain regions responsible for attention and anticipation, the study authors
3) Fast tunes boost your speed. Music helped cyclists bike faster for
longer periods and reduced game-day jitters among basketball players, according
to two recent studies from
central nervous system for activity while simultaneously helping to distract
your mind from discomfort or difficulty, the research suggests.
4) Your favorite song really does make it all better. Listening
to music that moves you triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in
your brain that also heightens the pleasure you get from sensual experiences
like food and sex, finds a study from
the music must give you chills, the study authors explain. So whether it's the
theme to Shawshank Redemption or fun.'s rousing "We Are Young", throw
on your favorite inspirational tune to heighten the mood with your girlfriend -
or the taste of a good ol' cheeseburger.
5) Certain chords can heal you. Patients who listened to mellow music
before, during, and after surgery reported reduced pain and anxiety and
required less sedative medication, according to a
emotionally. The result? Distraction from your pain, says study author Lori
Gooding, Ph.D., director of music therapy at
Brickman, or Burt and Joe Wolff - they're proven pain reducers, says Gooding.
6) Singing could be good for your health. Researchers found that
hospital employees who took part in a choir program reported both improved
health and greater engagement at work. Why? Social bonds formed during cultural
activities (like singing) have a positive effect on your perceived well being
and general health, says study author Jonas Vaag, a clinical psychologist at
Nord-Trøndelag Health Trust in
endorphins, which boost your feelings of happiness and pleasure, finds a recent
NEW INVENTION HELPS LOCATE ANYTHING USING A
lost possession, or even a pet or child. The app helps users track down the sticker, and can be set to alert the user whenever a sticker moves a predetermined distance from their phone. The stickers are about the size of a quarter and can produce sound and light when they are paged. They can be detected by the phone app up to 100-feet away and run on a battery similar to a watch battery. (Daily Mail)
IS MURDER CONTAGIOUS? New research suggests murder is contagious and spreads like a virus would through populations. Researchers used the same techniques that public-health officials use to track the spread of diseases, but instead applied them to homicides in
to violence as a defensive measure. (Huffington Post)
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THE HEALING POWERS OF PINE TREES (Fox News)