RENEWED 'FISCAL CLIFF' TALKS HINTED AT BY WHITE HOUSE, GOP: Both the White House and House Republicans hinted yesterday (December 6th) that low-level private talks had resumed on the "fiscal cliff," but neither side would give any details. Using nearly identical language, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, "Lines of ommunication remain open," and Michael Steel, the spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said, "lines of communication are open." Meanwhile, President Obama continued his campaign-style efforts to build public support and public pressure for his line-in-the-sand position that the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans need to expire as scheduled, while the cuts for everyone else must be extended. The president visited the home of a couple in
MORSI REFUSES TO GIVE IN TO DEMANDS AFTER DEADLY DAY OF PROTESTS: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi refused Thursday (December 6th) to call off a planned referendum next week on a controversial new constitution, one day after clashes between thousands of opponents and his supporters outside his
last month giving him near-absolute power. Speaking in a nationally televised address, an angry Morsi accused some in the opposition of serving the remnants of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's regime and vowed he would never tolerate anyone working for the overthrow of
what he called his "legitimate" government. Morsi also invited the opposition for talks starting on Saturday, but opponents have already refused any engagement with him unless the decrees are rescinded and the referendum on the hastily-drafted constitution called off. Earlier yesterday, another of Morsi's advisers quit to protest his handling of the crisis, raising the number to seven who've done so. The violence continued last night, with protesters
PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN SPENDING TOPPED $2 BILLION: The final tally released yesterday (December 6th) of campaign finance filings showed that spending in the 2012 presidential campaign topped $2 billion, setting a new record. The record-breaking spending was fueled by unlimited donations to superPACs, allowed by the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision. The top donor in the 2012 race was billionaire
Adelson, $33 million of it was given in the final weeks of the campaign.
IOWA ARTIST'S PAINTING CHOSEN FOR WHITE HOUSE HOLIDAY
CHECK IT OUT: The White House holiday card: http://tinyurl.com/b3bceuc
AURORA MOVIE THEATER TO RE-OPEN NEXT MONTH: The Aurora, Colorado, multiplex movie theater where 12 people were killed and 58 wounded in a mass shooting during a showing in July of The Dark Knight Rises will be re-opening in January. In a letter sent to Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, Cinemark president and
NEW FANTASYLAND OPENS IN DISNEY WORLD: Disney World unveiled its renovated and expanded New Fantasyland in the
expansion in the park's 41-year history that doubles the size of the original Fantasyland. The new spaces are built on what was once the site of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea experience. New Fantasyland has two sections: Enchanted Forest, themed around Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, and Storybook Circus, inspired by the film Dumbo. The highlights include a ride called Under the Sea -- Journey of the Little Mermaid, and Enchanted
Tales with Belle, a walk-through experience that features a magical mirror and costumed characters. Two New Fantasyland highlights are still being created, however. A ride called Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open in 2014, and Princess Fairytale Hall, where guests can meet all of their favorite Disney princesses at once, will open next year.
BRONCOS TOP RAIDERS 26-13: The Denver Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders 26-13 last night (December 6th) in
HALESTORM FOUND OUT ABOUT GRAMMY NOD ONSTAGE: Halestorm was nominated for a Grammy Award on Wednesday night (December 5th) for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, for the song "Love Bites (So Do I)." Singer and guitarist Lzzy Hale told Pulse of Radio that the band was in its natural state -- playing live onstage -- when they got the news: "It was
just in time for the piano ballad, so I'm just kind of sitting by myself and Joe (Hottinger, guitar) runs across the stage, he's like, 'We got nominated for a Grammy!' And I'm like, I mean, I must have had at least 30 seconds of just pure, like, shock on my face (laughs). 'Really? Are you serious?' I still can't wipe this stupid grin off my face, I'll tell you that.
But it was a very cool moment for all of us."
GODSMACK TAKING 2013 OFF, SAYS SINGER: Godsmack will take 2013 off, according to an interview with singer Sully Erna at Artist Direct. The band spent much of 2012 on the road, both with the Uproar Festival tour and Mass Chaos trek, and Erna says that a break is in order. He explained, "We're going to take some time away now because we just ran for
the last two years. It's time for us to take a break and get away from the markets for a little bit so we don't overplay them. We're taking 2013 off."
Erna added, "Maybe towards the end of the year or early 2014, we may start getting into the studio and writing. Now, we're going to lay low. We may pop up once in a while to do a radio festival or something."
PAPA ROACH FRONTMAN SAYS VOICE IS DOING GREAT: Papa Roach is currently on the road in
METALLICA JOINS SPOTIFY, MAKES PEACE WITH NAPSTER CO-FOUNDER: Metallica has made all nine of its studio albums, as well as various live material, singles, remixes and collaborations, available on the streaming service Spotify, according to Loudwire. The
move is significant because Sean Parker, who co-founded Napster, now sits on the board of Spotify. Metallica waged a battle with Napster more than a decade ago over the illegal sharing of the band's music, which resulted in both legal action and a battered public image
for the band.
At the press conference in
sitting down was long overdue . . . We were younger, maybe somewhat more
ignorant. We sat down and had a heart to heart."
CHECK IT OUT: See a picture of Ulrich and Parker together at http://tinyurl.com/bnx6eof
'THE HOBBIT' IS MAKING PEOPLE
made some audience members feel dizzy and/or nauseous.
KRISTEN WIIG EYED FOR 'ANCHORMAN 2': The Wrap is reporting that Kristen Wiig is in negotiations to appear in the Anchorman sequel. She would be playing a love interest for Steve Carell's character.
HBO GREENLIGHTS MIKE JUDGE SHOW: HBO has picked up the pilot for Mike Judge's dark comedy
MATT DAMON WEIGHS IN ON 'THE BOURNE LEGACY': Matt Damon has revealed that he has finally watched the latest installment of the Bourne franchise and found it difficult to
see a place for him to return to the series. He confessed to being a fan and friend to Jeremy Renner but did not see how the story would work in the Bourne world.
STEPHEN BALDWIN ARRESTED: Stephen Baldwin has been arrested in
'PEANUTS' AUTHOR CHARLES SCHULTZ WROTE LOVE COMICS: Sotheby's will be auctioning off original drawings that Charles Schultz drew and sent to a young woman 23 years younger than him whom he was reportedly infatuated with. The notes are expected to fetch $250,000 to $350,000 and feature the Peanuts gang.
ROGER EBERT HOSPITALIZED: Film critic Roger Ebert is in the hospital after breaking his hip. He tweeted on Thursday, December 6th, "Yes, fracture. But no surgery needed. Details
follow. :)." Ebert's wife of 20 years, Chaz Ebert fictitiously blamed the break on "tricky disco dance moves" and promised that her husband would "probably tweet."
Gadasmetty said he didn't want his friend to miss out on a Hokie tradition. Gadasmetty said, "For me to take him up there and help him fulfill one the big parts traditions of being Hokie, was really great."
THE MOST POPULAR PET NAMES OF 2012 (Pawnation):
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MEDIA MULTITASKING LINKED TO DEPRESSION: Researchers say people who engage in multiple media, such as watching TV and playing a computer game at the same time, are at higher risk of anxiety and depression. Lead researcher Mark Becker of
Researchers say the amount of time spent media multitasking by
CLEVER CHRISTMAS FOOD IDEAS: http://tinyurl.com/aeyh99y
APPLE TO MANUFACTURE A LINE OF MACS IN THE
NOSTALGIA CAN MAKE US FEEL PHYSICALLY WARMER: Results of a new study suggest that recalling fond memories can help you keep warm, and be more tolerant of cold temperatures. Study researcher Dr. Tim Wildschut, of the
nostalgic moment or an ordinary moment. People who recalled nostalgic moments
were more likely to say the room was a higher temperature than those who recalled ordinary moments. In a related study, researchers asked participants to keep a record of how many times they felt nostalgia for 30-days, and participants were more likely to report instances of nostalgia on colder days. (Huffington Post)
STUNNING NIGHT-TIME VIEWS OF EARTH: http://tinyurl.com/al9zc4j
FEW COMPANIES HAVE EMPLOYEES SPECIFICALLY FOR SOCIAL MEDIA: Results of a recent survey conducted by Ragan Communication and NASDAQ
duties. The survey polled nearly three-thousand social-media professionals. (Mashable)
MEN CAN IDENTIFY CAR PARTS BETTER
organ responsible for creating semen, was located on their body. In fact one-in-12 thought the vas deferens was located in the ear. Only six-percent of those surveyed could identify the common causes of erectile dysfunction, and two-out-of-five men could not spot the key symptoms of sexual infection. (Daily Mail)