Tuesday, 15 January 2013

how does a first time buyerfind a realtor - Zillow Real Estate Advice

Selecting an Real Estate Agent is a very very important selection..
This is a HUGE Financial endeavor not buying a Pizza or deciding what movie to see so using Agent Reviews on a site set up to help Agents find clients/leads would be silly and irresponsible imo.

Agents are selling Services..expensive services
(The cost will be included in the price you pay for the property)
Agents are competing with each other for your business, there is sales talk involved, claims of we do this, I'm the best, you get what you pay for, we have a Code so...

You are Hiring so you need to attempt to cut thru the Sales talk, the smoke. Become as informed as you can about the process, the options available then go out and interview, interview, interview

IMO everyone thinking of Buying or Selling should review the info on the Dept. of Justice website before talking to an Agent..know your options, what's available, determine what will work best for you
New business models are emerging that allow consumers to save thousands of dollars when they buy or sell a home

You don't "find" an RE Agent you Hire one and it's important to you that you make an good Hiring decision..it's your money and you're the one who will lose if you do not approach the selection seriously

Good Luck

Source: http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-does-a-first-time-buyerfind-a-realtor/474357/

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Monday, 14 January 2013

Editor's desk: CES 2013 wrap-up

CES is a strange show. Apple's never been there. Google stopped going a couple of years ago. Microsoft stopped last year. BlackBerry didn't even have a booth this year. Sure, the mega corporations that also happen to make Android and Windows Phones, Samsung and LG and Sony have massive booths, but they're filled with televisions, home appliances, and technology prototypes than new, hero-class phones and tablets.

For iOS enthusiasts like us, it's mostly endless walls of iPhone cases, and to some degree iPad cases, with a few other accessories thrown in. Some of them are gorgeous, a few exciting, a few truly innovative. Many of the big accessory makers didn't even have new stuff to show at CES, just stuff they'd announced previously but hadn't wheeled out for the buyers, press, or consumers yet.

Part of that is timing. Early January is an odd time of the year to have to schedule new product announcements around. It's why Apple stopped doing the Macworld Expo Keynote. Part of that is the scale. Given the televisions, the cars, the appliances, the gadgets -- everything that could be a show in its own right, cramped all together -- it's hard for any one thing, in any one niche, not matter how innovative, to get attention.

Given the sheer quantity of stuff, it's easy to get lost. Watching the coverage can almost be as daunting as walking the floor. It spills from blog to blog, the way CES spills from hall to hall, hotel to hotel.

But taking a step back, there are a few larger things that emerge.

  • Big TVs. Super HD televisions are everywhere. The branding sucks -- what happened to 2160p or 4K? -- but the sets themselves are gorgeous. Of course, an iPad 4 is 1536p, so if the set is big enough and you're close enough, Super HD isn't anywhere near the Retina quality we've gotten used to. Still, if you've wanted a set bigger than 50-inches, they're coming. They'll cost a fortune, but so did HD and plasma/LCD tech at one point. (I remember seeing a 24-inch plasma in Hong Kong for $25K in the late 90s.) Would Apple enter that market with the TV equivalent of a Thunderbolt Display? Maybe eventually, but probably not in the way expected.

  • Big phones. Apple went to 4-inches this year, but most Android phones seem to be going to 5 or even 6. I'm not sure where the border between phone and tablet exists, but they're blurring it. I used a Nexus 4 on T-Mobile during CES (my iPhone is locked to Rogers), and even that was a little large. 6-inches is stupid large. I think Apple could increase its share of the addressable market by doing something closer to 5-inches, but if you want anything bigger just get a tablet and carry it on your shoulder, and own your 80s beatbox vibe.

  • Big platforms. Originally, accessories added value to phones. Now they're starting to use mobile technology as a platform for their own value. Whether it's small companies using the iPhone as the "brain" or "interface" for their own products, or large companies using Android as an embedded operating system across their appliances, everything is becoming connected. Unlike Samsung and LG, Apple doesn't have appliances divisions. That's a bigger topic, though, so I'll save it for a separate post.

  • Big community. Apple, Microsoft, Google, BlackBerry, et al may not or no longer be at CES, but the people who use their technology, who cover their products, who buy and sell them at retail, who discuss them endlessly online, are very much still there. I saw a lot of fellow bloggers at CES, and PR reps and people who work for the companies we cover, many of whom I only see at CES. I got to spend time with the other writers and editors of Mobile Nations, some of whom I only get to spend time with at CES. NVIDIA was kind enough to fly in several Mobile Nations readers, people I've interacted with in the comments and forums and on Twitter, and would never have had a chance to thank, were it not for CES.

  • Big surprises. A couple years ago at CES, the Mobile Nations team got to share a limo with one of the main Android guys at Google and we had a great discussion about trackballs/trackpads and the evolution of their platform. This year the CEO of BlackBerry dropped by our Mobile Nations party and we had a fantastic talk about user interface, experience, and the realities of the modern mobile space. That kind of stuff, for me at least, only happens at CES.

CES was never a big show for iMore, and its increasingly not a big show for others as well, but it's still CES, the biggest chow, the one where everything and everyone comes together.

I'm glad I went, and I'm glad we could bring all of you with us.

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Mali Troops with help of French forcing Islamist Militants to Flee

French aircraft bombed Islamist rebels in northern Mali for the second day in a row Saturday, while neighboring West African states started readying troops to be deployed to help prevent al-Qaeda linked groups from expanding their power in the region.

France warned that the problem of northern Mali, which is under control by the militants, posed a threat to the security of Europe. On Friday, in dramatic fashion, the French intervened by bombing strongholds of the rebels, as rebels who were heavily armed raced south towards the Mali?s capital of Bamako.

Under cover of French fighter planes and helicopters, Mali troops routed a group of rebels and forced the Islamist rebels from the town of Konna in central Mali that was a strategic stronghold for the rebels after they took it over on Thursday. An army officer said that more than 100 rebels had been killed.

A French pilot was shot down in his helicopter by rebel forces and died near the town of Mopti.

France?s president Francois Hollande made it very clear that France?s goal in the African country was to support West African troops deployment, which was endorsed by the European Union, the U.S. and the United Nations.

The fear is that Islamists will use Mali as a base for operations to make attacks on the West and increase links with al-Qaeda militants that are now based in North Africa, Yemen and Somalia.

A shop owner in Konna reported that scores of the Islamist rebels had been killed and their bodies were piled in the streets, while there were dozens of dead soldiers as well.


Source: http://www.jagsreport.com/2013/01/mali-troops-with-help-of-french-forcing-islamist-militants-to-flee/

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Sunday, 13 January 2013

White House: Thumbs down on Death Star

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The Death Star was a fearsome battle station in the Star Wars saga - but purely fictional.

By Alan Boyle

The White House says building a Death Star would be an out-of-this-galaxy waste of money ??not only because it's against government policy to blow up planets, but also because the United States already has access to a space station as well as a laser-wielding space robot.

Today's official statement on the Death Star issue, titled "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For," was written by Paul Shawcross, chief of the science and space branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget. It comes in response to a?"We the People" petition?that?called on the federal government to start building a "Star Wars"-style Death Star battle station by 2016.

"By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense," the petition read.

The petition garnered more than 25,000 online signatures within a month,?partly due to a signing campaign that went viral on 4chan, Reddit and Twitter. Under the Obama administration's rules for the "We the People" program, that required the White House to come up with a reply.

Shawcross and his colleagues clearly rose to the challenge, with an essay that should satisfy the policy geeks as well as the "Star Wars" geeks. Here's the full text:

This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For
"The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star?has been estimated?to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

"However, look carefully (here's how) and you'll notice something already floating in the sky ? that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized?International Space Station?in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts ? American, Russian, and Canadian ? living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We've also got two robot science labs ??one wielding a laser?? roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

"Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through?NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo ? and soon, crew ? to space for NASA, and are pursuing?human missions to the Moon this decade.

"Even though the United States doesn't have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we've got?two spacecraft leaving the Solar System?and we're building a?probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering?hundreds of new planets in other star systems?and building a much more?powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope?that will see back to the early days of the universe.

"We don't have a Death Star, but we do have?floating robot assistants?on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a?light saber?and?advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building?Luke's arm, floating?droids, and quadruped?walkers.

"We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held?the first-ever?White House?science fairs?and?Astronomy Night on the South Lawn?because he knows these domains are critical to our country's future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

"If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force."

Update for 9:35 p.m. ET Jan. 11: The White House statement quickly sparked a Twitter response from Darth Vader himself: "A serious mistake, Mr. President. You can never have enough planet-sized lasers."

Update for 1:40 a.m. ET Jan. 12: NASA may brag about the space station and its laser-equipped Curiosity rover, but that's not enough, Death Star PR says in a Twitter update: "Until you put the laser and the space station together and start blowing up planets, you're not doing enough Science."?

Other spaced-out petitions:

Alan Boyle is NBCNews.com's science editor. Connect with the Cosmic Log community by "liking" the log's?Facebook page, following?@b0yle on Twitter?and adding the?Cosmic Log page?to your Google+ presence. To keep up with Cosmic Log as well as NBCNews.com's other stories about science and space, sign up for the Tech & Science newsletter, delivered to your email in-box every weekday. You can also check out?"The Case for Pluto,"?my book about the controversial dwarf planet and the search for new worlds.

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Alfred Morris, London Fletcher named second team All Pros

Written by Anthony Brown on .


Redskins Hog Heaven congratulates Alfred Morris and London Fletcher for their selection to the Associated Press NFL All-Pro Second Team for the 2012 season.

Adrian Peterson (Vikings) was the unanimous choice for first team running back. Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) joins Peterson on the first team. Jamaal Charles joins Morris as second team running back.

Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman, both of the 49ers, were named first team Inside Linebackers. Daryl Washington (Cardinals) joins Fletcher on the second team at ILB.

None of those fabulous rookie quarterbacks from the Golden Class of 2012 made the cut as Associated Press All Pro. The NFL voted QB Robert Griffin III, LT Trent Williams and specials team Lorenzo Alexander to the 2013 Pro Bowl.

Griffin won't be playing football anytime soon. He sure earned a trip to Hawaii for his 2012 performance.

More: see John Bibb's story on Bleacher Report and the All Pro roster on NBCSports.com.

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Source: http://www.redskinshogheaven.com/2013-articles/january/alfred-morris-london-fletcher-named-second-team-all-pros.html

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The Worst 'Wheel of Fortune' Player Ever

(Note: Strong language in first paragraph) LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - It's well into "A Haunted House" before the cast of idiots finally reaches the foregone conclusion that the spirits and demons haunting the place were brought in by the hero's girlfriend - or, as jailhouse priest Father Williams (Cedric the Entertainer) notes, "It's in the bitch! ? Sorry, the ho'. No disrespect." But disrespect is the name of the game for this flat, by-the-numbers "Paranormal Activity" spoof, which suggests that letting your girlfriend move in with you is pretty much tantamount to opening the gates of hell. ...

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/worst-wheel-fortune-player-ever-235411818.html

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Saturday, 12 January 2013

Washington DC Lunch bag by girlscantell

Washington DC's ubiquitous metro farecard, illustrated + screenprinted onto a reusable, washable, eco-friendly lunch bag. Perfect for anyone who lives in the Capitol City, loves public transit or needs some incentive to bring their lunch to work.

This lunch tote is really a great size for not only a generous lunch, but for toiletries when you travel, to hold a small craft project, as a fun wrapping for a gift or as an organizer in a larger bag. It is part of the Girls Can Tell line of homewares + gifts, and features the original diagram illustrations of Philadelphia based illustrator Sara Selepouchin.

material: vel-cro closure recycled cotton lunch bag
size: 7?W x 10.5?H with 4.5" sides (opens wide enough for a sandwich container, and tall enough for a beverage bottle)
notes: spot clean often, machine wash warm as needed
color: green ink (shown).

Have any questions? Contact the shop owner.

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Friday, 11 January 2013

Republican: Akin 'partly right' on rape comment

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey, an OB-GYN since 1975, said former Rep. Todd Akin was "partly right" when he said women's bodies can avoid pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."

However, the six-term Georgia lawmaker issued a statement Friday, the day after his comments, saying his position was misconstrued and that he neither defends nor stands by Akin's remark.

Gingrey spoke to constituents at a Thursday breakfast meeting and commented on both Akin and Richard Mourdock, two Republican Senate candidates tripped up by their clumsy comments last year about rape and abortion, according to the Marietta Daily Journal in Georgia. Republicans disavowed Akin after his statement, and Mourdock was widely criticized when he said pregnancy resulting from rape is "something God intended."

"Part of the reason the Dems still control the Senate is because of comments made in Missouri by Todd Akin and Indiana by Mourdock were considered a little bit over the top," Gingrey said, according to the newspaper. "Mourdock basically said 'Look, if there is conception in the aftermath of a rape, that's still a child, and it's a child of God, essentially.' Now, in Indiana, that cost him the election.

"And in Missouri, Todd Akin . was asked by a local news source about rape and he said, 'Look, in a legitimate rape situation' ? and what he meant by legitimate rape was just, look, someone can say I was raped: a scared-to-death 15-year-old that becomes impregnated by her boyfriend and then has to tell her parents ? that's pretty tough ? and might on some occasion say, 'Hey, I was raped.' That's what he meant when he said legitimate rape versus non-legitimate rape.

"I don't find anything so horrible about that," Gingrey said. "But then he went on and said that in a situation of rape, of a legitimate rape, a woman's body has a way of shutting down so the pregnancy would not occur. He's partly right on that."

He made the comments to the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, according to the newspaper.

Gingrey added that he has been an OB-GYN since 1975 and understands pregnancies.

"And I've delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things. It is true. We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, 'Just relax. Drink a glass of wine. And don't be so tense and uptight, because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.' So he was partially right, wasn't he?" Gingrey said. "But the fact that a woman may have already ovulated 12 hours before she is raped, you're not going to prevent a pregnancy there by a woman's body shutting anything down, because the horse has already left the barn, so to speak. And yet the media took that and tore it apart," the congressman said.

Gingrey is co-chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, which was formed in March 2009 to challenge President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. He also is a member of the Health subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce panel.

He sought to explain his comments, saying in a statement issued by his office Friday, "At a breakfast yesterday morning, I was asked why Democrats made abortion a central theme of the presidential campaign. I do not defend, nor do I stand by, the remarks made by Rep. Akin and Mr. Mourdock. In my attempt to provide context as to what I presumed they meant, my position was misconstrued."

Gingrey's initial comments drew widespread criticism.

"Just when I think Republicans can't possibly be any more wrong when it comes to women, they find a new low. In one fell swoop, Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey said women regularly lie about being raped, that they're able to prevent a pregnancy simply by 'being tense and uptight,' and that Todd Akin had a point," said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List.

Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it was "alarming and telling" that the head of the GOP Doctors Caucus shared Akin's views.

Associated Press

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Is bigger better? Computer manufacturers Lenovo hopes thinking big will pay off as they debut their mammoth IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC tablet/tabletop computer at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show [CES] in Las Vegas. Lenovo calls it their first ?interpersonal PC,? a new type of device designed to provide users with both a personal and shared computing experience. It?s Price : $1699?

Scheduled to go on sale in summer of 2013, the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC is a multi-user, multi-touch, multi-mode AIO tablet/tabletop PC that has a 27? screen and weighs in at 17 pounds.? Similar in function to Microsoft?s Surface, the Horizon can be used as a tablet or as a tabletop PC. The Horizon runs Windows 8, using an Intel Core i7 processor and comes with up to 1TB of HDD and an 8GB DDR3 module. ?It has a battery life of up to two hours.

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The Horizon?s most striking feature is its enormous 27? backlit, full HD (1920?1080), 16:9 widescreen multi touch display screen. The touch screen interface automatically engages when the screen is laid flat. This system runs Lenovo?s Aura tabletop interface, which lets users operate the Horizon like any other tablet computer. The screen can also be moved to a ?normal? angle so the Horizon can be used in much the same way as any other tabletop PC.

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The IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC is designed for touch screen game-play among several players, its Windows 8 touch functionality letting multiple players use the screen at the same time. The action is part-physical, part-digital, or as Lenovo refers to it, ?phygital?. The device supports a wide range of interactive physical gaming accessories; the Horizon comes with a set of accessories that include special e-dice, joysticks and strikers, providing users with a totally unique gaming experience.

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The user experience is further enhanced by the Horizon?s NVIDIA GeForce graphics and Dolby Home Theatre? v4 audio.

?We?ve seen technology shifts across the four screens, from the desktop to the laptop, tablet and smart phone, and yet, while people have more computing power than ever before, there is still room for technologies like Horizon that bring people together. Horizon makes personal computing interpersonal computing with shared, collaborative experiences among several people,? said Peter Hortensius, president of Lenovo?s Product Group, in a recent press release. ?Now many people can enjoy different photos, music and video on the same screen, and they can play games with our special accessories that blend physical and digital interaction. Horizon reflects our commitment to delivering the innovative products that define the PC Plus era.?

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Users have access to the Lenovo App Shop, a dedicated apps store powered by Intel AppUp, that offers over 5,000 multi-user entertainment apps. The Horizon also comes with an exclusive package of pre-loaded gaming and educational apps from popular vendors like Electronic Arts, FableVision, Open Labs, Ubisoft, FilmOn TV as well as hundreds of top games and apps from BlueStacks. Some of these exclusive Horizon apps include: a cool looking Monopoly game, Draw Race 2 HD, Stagelight (create your own music and songs),? FilmOn TV (offering access to over 120 streaming TV channels), Paint, Color Corner app and a contest game called Best Guess.

Lenovo also demonstrated another large Table PC at this year?s CES, this one code-named ?Gamma.? Still in the early concept stage, the ?Gamma? features a 39? screen!

Author Bio :

James O?Donnell is an Internet Content Specialist working for ScreenTek, Inc.?? a US based business that specializes in providing inexpensive OEM replacement laptop, iPad and iPhone screens.



Source: http://exceptnothing.com/2013/01/lenovo-horizon/

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

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You should treat multi-level marketing as a business rather than a hobby. If you want to be successful, you will have to work hard to achieve your goals.

Instead of accepting failure, learn from your mistakes because it will allow you to keep inching forward. Take note of your failings and understand them. Taking a hard look at your own failures will help you to recognize effective methods and eliminate the ineffective ones.

TIP! You need to schedule regular team meetings. Everyone on your team should be sticking together so they can come up with a good game plan, which helps the team work towards the same goals.

If you have a MLM site, it will experience a boost in targeted traffic when you enlist the aid of video marketing. For only the expense of hosting, videos let you create a marketing campaign that is rich in content.

In MLM, budgeting is a considerably important part of your planning. This allows you to work well within your financial boundaries, without losing your investment or missing out on business opportunities. Understanding your expenditures is vital towards success with your business from a quality and monetary perspective.

One good way to build your network marketing strategy is to imitate the best qualities and actions of independent distributors who are also excellent leaders. This helps you to act and think in the same ways these distributors run their business, which helps you to achieve greater success.

TIP! The most important tip in network marketing is that you must always think of it as a job. This is not a business where you will obtain immediate riches after giving it a couple of hours per week worth of your attention.

Carefully developing a business plan will increase your chances of success with your multi-level marketing endeavor. Goal setting, and a plan to follow through to meet those goals, can really help you to succeed. It is important to know what level of sales you must achieve each month to make a profit. Plans for acquiring and retaining customers, as well as the specifics of your marketing campaign, should also be detailed.

Choose your affiliates and products carefully because they will become a reflection on you and your business, just as you also reflect on them. Use these tips to become a successful network marketer.

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Israeli-Palestinian clashes erupt in West Bank

Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli soldiers, not seen, during clashes in the West Bank village of Tamoun, near Jenin, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Palestinians say a raid by Israeli soldiers disguised as vegetable vendors to seize members of a militant group has sparked clashes in the northern West Bank. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli soldiers, not seen, during clashes in the West Bank village of Tamoun, near Jenin, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Palestinians say a raid by Israeli soldiers disguised as vegetable vendors to seize members of a militant group has sparked clashes in the northern West Bank. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Palestinians hurl stones at Israeli soldiers, not seen, during clashes in the West Bank village of Tamoun, near Jenin, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. Palestinians say a raid by Israeli soldiers disguised as vegetable vendors to seize members of a militant group has sparked clashes in the northern West Bank. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Israeli soldiers fire tear gas during clashes with Palestinian protesters, not seen, near the west bank village of Qusra, near Nablus, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. In the West Bank Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would agree to resume negotiations with Israel under the auspices of an international peace conference. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

TAMOUN, West Bank (AP) ? An arrest raid by undercover Israeli soldiers disguised as vegetable vendors ignited rare clashes in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, residents said, leaving at 10 Palestinians wounded.

Israeli army raids into Palestinian areas to seize activists and militants are fairly common. The raids are normally coordinated with Palestinian security forces, and suspects are usually apprehended without violence.

The clashes began early Tuesday after Israeli forces disguised as merchants in a vegetable truck arrested one man. Regular army forces then entered the town, prompting youths to hurl rocks to try to prevent more arrests.

Israeli forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition as youths set tires and bins on fire to block the passage of military vehicles. In several hours of clashes, dozens of masked youths hid behind makeshift barriers, hurling rocks and firebombs at soldiers.

Faris Bisharat, a resident of Tamoun, said 10 men were wounded, some by live fire. Bisharat said the wanted men belong to Islamic Jihad, a violent group sworn to Israel's destruction. It wasn't clear how many men Israeli forces sought to arrest. There were no immediate details on how seriously the 10 were hurt.

The Israeli military said it arrested a "terrorist affiliated with the Islamic Jihad terror group." It said two soldiers were injured during the raid.

The fighting, which broke out in several parts of the town of some 8,000 people, were a rare, angry response. It was also unusual for Israeli forces to use live fire toward Palestinian demonstrators. Israel says it uses live fire only in extremely dangerous situations.

Associated Press

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Analysis: Economy would dodge bullet for now under fiscal deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A deal worked out by U.S. Senate leaders to avoid the "fiscal cliff," was far from any "grand bargain" of deficit reduction measures.

But if approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, it could help the country steer clear of recession, although enough austerity would remain in place to likely keep the economy growing at a lackluster pace.

The Senate approved a last-minute deal early Tuesday morning to scale back $600 billion in scheduled tax hikes and government spending cuts that economists widely agree would tip the economy into recession.

The deal would hike taxes permanently for household incomes over $450,000 a year, but keep existing lower rates in force for everyone else.

It would make permanent the alternative minimum tax "patch" that was set to expire, protecting middle-income Americans from being taxed as if they were rich.

Scheduled cuts in defense and non-defense spending were simply postponed for two months.

Economists said that if the emerging package were to become law, it would represent at least a temporary reprieve for the economy. "This keeps us out of recession for now," said Menzie Chinn, an economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The contours of the deal suggest that roughly one-third of the scheduled fiscal tightening could still take place, said Brett Ryan, an economist at Deutsche Bank in New York.

That is in line with what many financial firms on Wall Street and around the world have been expecting, suggesting forecasts for economic growth of around 1.9 percent for 2013 would likely hold.

At midnight Monday, low tax rates enacted under then-President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003 expired. If the House agrees with the Senate - and there remained considerable doubt on that score - the new rates would be extended retroactively.

Otherwise, together with other planned tax hikes, the average household would pay an estimated $3,500 more in taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank. Budget experts expect the economy would take a hit as families cut back on spending.

Provisions in the Senate bill would avoid scheduled cuts to jobless benefits and to payments to doctors under a federal health insurance program.


Like the consensus of economists from Wall Street and beyond, Deutsche Bank has been forecasting enough fiscal drag to hold back growth to roughly 1.9 percent in 2013. Ryan said the details of the deal appeared to support that forecast.

That would be much better than the 0.5 percent contraction predicted by the Congressional Budget Office if the entirety of the fiscal cliff took hold, but it would fall short of what is needed to quickly heal the labor market, which is still smarting from the 2007-09 recession.

"We continue to anticipate a significant economic slowdown at the start of the year in response to fiscal drag and a contentious fiscal debate," economists at Nomura said in a research note.

In particular, analysts say financial markets are likely to remain on tenterhooks until Congress raises the nation's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling, which the U.S. Treasury confirmed had been reached on Monday.

While the Bush tax cuts would be made permanent for many Americans under the budget deal, a two-year-long payroll tax holiday enacted to give the economy an extra boost would expire. The Tax Policy Center estimates this could push the average household tax bill up by about $700 next year.

The suspension of spending cuts sets up a smaller fiscal cliff later in the year which still could be enough to send the economy into recession, said Chinn.

He warned that ongoing worries about the possibility of recession could keep businesses from investing, which would hinder economic growth.

"You retain the uncertainty," Chinn said.

(Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Easy Steps To Follow For Home Improvement ? Construction ...

construction springfield moPlant some trees around your home. Trees increase in value as they get bigger and will shade your house and help to save energy. The shade they provide can keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. When planting trees, they can be the walls and roofs of outdoor rooms.

Hide clutter to make each room look fresh and inviting. Over time, we tend to collect things ? photos, gadgets, plants, and little artifacts that turn into clutter in our home. Arrange these things into collections by color, put them into bookcases, or buy attractive boxes or chests with lids to contain them. This gives your rooms a clean, relaxed look.

Attaching two PVC pipes is a simple process that requires PVC primer and PVC cement. It is important that you use these specific products as your pipe will not hold with any other glues or cements and it may be prone to leaking if you avoid a coat of primer. Additionally, there should be no water on the surfaces of he pipes.

Many homes don?t have a room made just for ?relaxation.? If you?re considering an addition when it comes to home improvements, consider putting in a family room or a game room or even just a den that has an atmosphere of casual and comfortable. This will draw people in and make them want to stay longer in the house.

Never try to use makeshift solutions or inferior equipment to replace tools you need for your home?construction springfield mo project. While you may be tempted to save time and money this way, the equipment you attempt to replace is expensive or hard to get hold of for a reason. Using stopgap measures can give you unsatisfactory results or even expose you to danger.

Reading books on home improvement won?t make you an expert, but actually completing a project will. It?s great to have some knowledge on the ins and outs of any work you plan on doing, but spend only 20% of your time learning and 80% of your time actually completing the renovations.

When it comes to home improvement, be sure that none of the workers that will be working on your home have a criminal record. This is important to the safety of you and your family, and also for the security of your belongings. It is not uncommon for you to ask for the names of all the workers that will be on the property. Background checks are available online.

Ugly driveways and concrete can be repaired without having to spend the time and money to replace them. Concrete refinishing has become a new alternative for that cracked driveway or walkway. They can apply a new topcoat, stains, imprint patterns or other design elements that will give your home a whole new look for less.

If you have a home improvement project, why not involve the neighbors? Look into tool borrowing websites to borrow goods from your neighbors. You can borrow expensive tools for just a fraction of the cost; saving you lots of money, and enabling you to have the tools you need when you need them. Bonus! You get to meet and know your neighbors, making your neighborhood a better, happier place to live.

When doing home improvements be sure that every company you use is properly licensed and insured. There are many people who are not properly insured and if they cause harm to someone through faulty work it could become your liability. Licensing is important because there are fraudulent companies out there that may take your money and run. Be safe and do the research.

As the article states, there are many resources out there to assist with home improvement projects. A conscientious homeowner will do much research before beginning any type of home improvement project to insure that they have the correct materials and tools on hand to complete the project and ensure a successful improvement. Click here to discover more.

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jaime's Site - Speaking at the Alameda Writers Group January 5

Speaking at the Alameda Writer?s Group January 5, 2013

I will be speaking at the Alameda Writers Group on January 5th at 10:00 on Know Your Writer?s Rights, a one hour presentation where I give screenwriters everything (well, almost everything) they need to know about the legal issues affecting writers. ?Will cover copyright infringement, registrations, options agreements, collaboration agreements, Libel & Slander, Titles, and a host of other topics. ?It?s free, so come on out and begin the year by learning something new.

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Egypt prosecutors investigate popular TV comedian

In this Saturday Dec. 8, 2012 photo, Egyptian TV host Bassem Youssef addresses attendants at a gala dinner party in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian prosecutors launched an investigation on Tuesday against Youssef a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting the president in the latest case raised by Islamist lawyers against outspoken media personalities. The case against Youssef comes as opposition media and independent journalists are growing increasingly worried about press freedoms under a new constitution widely supported by Morsi and his Islamist allies. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar)

In this Saturday Dec. 8, 2012 photo, Egyptian TV host Bassem Youssef addresses attendants at a gala dinner party in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian prosecutors launched an investigation on Tuesday against Youssef a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting the president in the latest case raised by Islamist lawyers against outspoken media personalities. The case against Youssef comes as opposition media and independent journalists are growing increasingly worried about press freedoms under a new constitution widely supported by Morsi and his Islamist allies. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar)

CAIRO (AP) ? Egyptian prosecutors launched an investigation on Tuesday against a popular television satirist for allegedly insulting the president in the latest case raised by Islamist lawyers against outspoken media personalities.

Lawyer Ramadan Abdel-Hamid al-Oqsori charged that TV host Bassem Youssef insulted President Mohammed Morsi by putting the Islamist leader's image on a pillow and parodying his speeches.

The case against Youssef comes as opposition media and independent journalists are growing increasingly worried about press freedoms under a new constitution widely supported by Morsi and his Islamist allies.

Other cases have been brought against media personalities who have criticized the president. Some of the cases have ended with charges being dropped. Morsi's office maintains that the president has nothing to do with legal procedures against media critics.

On Tuesday, the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, one of Egypt's most widely circulated newspapers, said Morsi's office filed a complaint accusing it of "circulating false news likely to disturb public peace and public security and affect the administration."

The paper had published a report earlier this week attributed to sources saying that Morsi was due to visit the hospital where ousted President Hosni Mubarak is receiving treatment after being injured in his prison cell. Mubarak is serving a life sentence for failing to stop the killing of nearly 900 protesters during the uprising against him.

A visit by Morsi would have enflamed public anger. The paper later updated the story to say that Morsi's wife had only visited a relative in that hospital.

The paper said a reporter and an editor were summoned for interrogation.

A local committee of journalists and editors has called for stronger guarantees of press freedoms and a rejection of the current constitution, fearing it allows for jailing journalists under broadly-worded articles regarding media offenses.

Authorities ordered the closure of TV station "Al-Fareen" last summer after bringing its owner, Tawfiq Okasha, to trial for scathing attacks against Morsi and his Brotherhood group. Okasha had emerged as one of the most popular TV personalities of post-Mubarak Egypt by railing against the uprising that toppled Mubarak's 29-year rule in February 2011.

Another prominent case was directed at the editor of a prominent opposition newspaper, al-Dustour, who has since stepped down. He went on trial briefly for "spreading lies" and fabricating news.

Youssef, a doctor, catapulted to fame when his video blogs mocking politics received hundreds of thousands of hits shortly after the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime leader Mubarak.

Youssef's program is modeled after Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," where he has appeared as a guest.

Unlike other local TV presenters, Youssef uses satire to mock fiery comments made by ultraconservative clerics and politicians, garnering him a legion of fans among the country's revolutionaries and liberals.

Among his most popular clips are the ones where he pokes fun at the president's speeches and decisions.

While holding a red, furry pillow with Morsi's picture on it, Youssef satirizes Morsi's style of speech.

"He tells us things we never knew," he says, before wordy clips of Morsi going into detail about the day of the week and other basic facts.

"It's October 6! Tell us when it's Christmas!" Youssef shouts to the camera as the audience erupts in laughter and applause.

Youssef, 38, is one of Egypt's most popular TV presenters with 1.4 million fans on Facebook and nearly 850,000 followers on Twitter, just shy of the president's number of followers.

Also Tuesday, police said they arrested a suspect in a shooting that seriously wounded a protester in Cairo's central Tahrir Square, where an open-ended sit-in protesting the Morsi regime is taking place.

According to witnesses, before dawn on Monday, gunmen shot and wounded 19-year-old Muhanad Samir, who has said he was jailed and tortured under Egypt's former ruling military council after he witnessed the killing of another activist. Lawyers say the attacked appeared to target Samir, who is battling for his life with pellets embedded in his head.

Security officials dismiss allegations Samir was the victim of a political assassination. On Tuesday, they said they arrested the owner of a cafe in downtown Cairo who told police that he fired on the square after people manning makeshift checkpoints there searched his car and shot at him. The officials spoke anonymously in line with regulations.

Associated Press

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Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Must See HDTV (December 31st - January 6th)

Must See HDTV December 31st  January 6th

This week we say goodbye to 2012, and after the New Year's Eve festivities tonight we welcome not only college football bowl games and pro football playoffs, but also the return of many of our regularly scheduled TV shows. EHD podcast fave Justified also makes an appearance this week as seaosn three comes to Blu-ray. Portlandia fans should be ready to put a bird on it, and all those who've remained Downton Abbey spoiler free can check out the series' return Sunday night. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.

This time travel flick stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis playing a hitman that suddenly has the inconvenience of having both his present and future self existing at once, to the dismay of his employers. As with all movies that put time travel at their center it quickly gets more complicated, but there are some decent special effects scenes that make it well worth checking out in HD.
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Bowls and bowls and bowls. While we're still awaiting the championship game, there are several big time games scattered throughout the week, plus a bevy of smaller bowls to keep things interesting. Check after the break for the dates, times and teams, and don't skip over the college football championship that will be played this week as Sam Houston State and North Dakota State vie for the FCS (aka DI-AA) crown

This USA show wasn't picked up for a series, but its two hour pilot will air Friday night. Its plot follows a fallen day trader / degenerate gambler that starts a high-end booking business. We highlight it because fans of Breaking Bad (and, we guess, Revolution, if it has fans) might want to check out Giancarlo Esposito popping up in a supporting role.
(USA, January 4th, 10PM)

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Childhood 101?s Popular Posts 2012: Talking Parenting

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The busy juggle of this year saw me regularly questioning if I had the balance right between family, home, work and just ?life,? and led to me creating the Living Your Best Family Life series of posts. Working through many of my own parenting dilemmas as part of the series has helped me no end to feel that I am coping better as a parent and that we are in fact on the path to living a great life together as a family. Don?t get me wrong, I often don?t get it right but I am thankful that I am not on this journey alone ? that so many of you are working through solutions to similar questions. There are times when parenting can be hard work but maintaining a sense of positivity and perspective seems so much easier with the support of others. I hope this collection of posts helps you to feel inspired and supported to keep fighting the good fight as we head into 2013. Happy New Year everyone!

Being a Mindful Mum in a Busy World

5 Ways to Change the Tone of Your Day

Making Everyday Living Fun: Mamabaking

Enriching the Life of an Only Child

Energy Boosting Tips for Busy Mamas

9 Ways to Find More Time for the Things You Want to Do

10 Tips for Cultivating a Happy Home

Things I Had Forgotten About Life With a Newborn

6 Tips for Baby Wearing

Parenting is Not a Test: Becoming the Parent I Am

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Oil steady as 'fiscal cliff' deadline approaches

(AP) ? Oil prices were little changed Monday as a U.S. budget deadline neared with rival politicians still at odd over key issues.

Benchmark oil for February delivery was down 8 cents late morning London at $90.72 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 7 cents to finish at $90.80 per barrel in New York on Friday.

The focus over the rest of the day will continue to focus on developments in Washington D.C. The Senate has to agree a deal by the end of Monday to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and spending cuts.

Republicans and Democrats remained divided over tax and spend, raising the real prospect that financial markets will start 2013 without a clear idea over the budget policy of the world's largest economy. The main sticking point appears to be what level of income higher taxes are imposed.

Economists have warned that the U.S. economy could be thrown into recession if the tax hikes and spending cuts go into effect ? $536 billion in tax increases that would touching nearly all Americans and a loss of $110 billion in government spending.

If the deadline passes without a deal, the U.S. won't immediately sink into recession. Lawmakers can repeal the tax hikes and spending cuts retroactively if a deal is reached a few weeks after the New Year's deadline.

In London, Brent crude, used to price various kinds of foreign oil, fell 43 cents to $110.19 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

In other energy futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange:

? Wholesale gasoline fell 0.4 cents to $2.7958 a gallon.

? Heating oil fell marginally to $3.020 a gallon.

? Natural gas fell 0.02 cents to $3.460 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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