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Gold – The Big Picture

The pursuit of gold medals has athletes and fans focused on the Olympic games in London, but the pursuit of gold is a worldwide obsession that extends far beyond the realm of sport. Investors and speculators drove the price of gold to dizzying heights a year ago as they sought refuge from volatile markets. Seeking gain in an uncertain recession, millions of people trade old jewelry as cash-for-gold businesses flourish. Throughout the ups and downs, gold extraction continues far from the glory of sports and the frenzy of markets. Gold is dredged, mined, and panned in operations large and small, often at great risk to miners. Processing gold with cyanide and other chemicals involves dangerous environmental hazards. What results is undeniably beautiful. Gathered here are images of people extracting, processing, refining, buying, selling, celebrating… all of them going for gold. — Lane Turner (36 photos total)

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Low-Calorie Diet Doesn’t Prolong Life, Study of Monkeys Finds

The results of this major, long-awaited study, which began in 1987, are finally in. But it did not bring the vindication calorie restriction enthusiasts had anticipated. It turns out the skinny monkeys did not live any longer than those kept at more normal weights. Some lab test results improved, but only in monkeys that were put on the diet when they were old. The causes of death — cancer, heart disease — were the same in both the underfed and the normally fed monkeys.

Lab test results showed lower levels of cholesterol and blood sugar in the male monkeys that started eating 30 percent fewer calories in old age, but not in the females. Males and females that were put on the diet when they were old had lower levels of triglycerides, which are linked to heart disease risk. Monkeys put on the diet when they were young or middle-aged did not get the same benefits, though they had less cancer. But the bottom line was that the monkeys that ate less did not live any longer than those that ate normally. Rafael de Cabo, lead author of the diet study, published online on Wednesday in the journal Nature, said he was surprised and disappointed that the underfed monkeys did not live longer. Like many other researchers on aging, he had expected an outcome similar to that of a 2009 study from the University of Wisconsin that concluded that caloric restriction did extend monkeys’ life spans.

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Iran is stockpiling weapons grade uranium, a new reported finds

A UNITED NATIONS report will confirm this week that Iran is expanding its nuclear program in defiance of the international community, bolstering calls for tougher sanctions amid the threat of an Israeli military strike.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN’s nuclear watchdog, is expected to detail as early as today how Iran has installed hundreds of new centrifuges – which are used to enrich uranium – at two nuclear facilities. It is also expected to report a rise in production rates.

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U.S. Navy Sends Stennis Strike Group to Persian Gulf

Nearly 6 months after returning home to the west coast, the U.S. Navy’s John C. Stennis aircraft carrier will leave Washington state today and return to the Persian Gulf as tensions between Iran and Israel continue to mount, and Syria falls deeper into the abyss.

The deployment, which comes 4 months ahead of schedule for the nuclear powered carrier and its crew “deals with a lot of threats in the Middle East right now”, including Syria and Iran, said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last week when he spoke to the nearly 2,000 sailors who will depart on Monday. “All of that is the reason we maintain the force we have in the Middle East.” Back in January, The Stennis made headlines when Iran issued a threat, warning the ship not to return to the Persian Gulf following its departure through the Strait of Hormuz in late December.

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Russia is disengaging from Syria: Arms shipments stopped, warships exit Tartus

Russian naval vessels have unexpectedly departed the Syrian Mediterranean port of Tartus and Russian arms shipments to Syria have been suddenly discontinued. debkafile’s military sources reveal that those and other steps indicate that the Russians are rapidly drawing away from the Syrian arena to avoid getting caught up in the escalating hostilities expected to arise from military intervention by the US, Europe and a number of Arab states. Russian intelligence appears to have decided that this outside intervention is imminent and Moscow looks anxious to keep its distance for now.

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Body Scans Junked? DHS, Darpa Look for New Airport Sensors

Two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security stepped up its campaign to install controversial body scanners at airports nationwide. At the time, the agency claimed the machines could spot all sorts of hidden weapons and contraband. Today, more than 700 of the imagers are in place at 180 airports. But the so-called “naked” scanners may not be quite as all-seeing as they were originally billed to be. Quietly, DHS has called in the Pentagon’s premier research agency to help develop a new generation of imagers that are faster, smaller, more precise, and less prone to hacking.

It’s a bit of a shift for Darpa, which is usually asked to tackle the military’s toughest research problems: machines that can think, satellites that can assemble themselves in space, networks that can’t be pwned. And it underlies just how difficult it can be to quickly screen millions and millions of people for a few concealed threats.

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The  obama regime is who to thank that we are allies of these killers.

Via Trend:

A family of Syrian Armenians was killed in the Zamalka district of Damascus, Zhamanak newspaper reported referring to the Syrian agency ShamTimes.

According to the publication, the family members were killed by militants of the ‘Liua Islam’ group, Armenia Today reported. According to the publication, the criminals shot an Armenian family in the street. As a result, husband and wife, their three children and sister of the head of household were killed. Local people confirmed that the victims were members of the local Armenian community. According to the newspaper, mostly Christians live in Zamalka.

Anti-government protests have continued in Syria for about 17 months.

According to UN, the total number of victims of the conflict in Syria is nearing 20,000 people. More than 230,000 people have become refugees. About three million are in need of humanitarian assistance. The Syrian authorities say that they are opposing the well-armed militants.

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The left again, showing their classy side.

Red Alert Politics:

First there was a “Kill Mitt Romney” and a “Kill Paul Ryan” Facebook page, both of which have since been taken down, but liberals have taken to Twitter in the wake of Ann Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention calling for her death.

The tweets were first noticed early this morning by a blogger with Pundit Press.

A Twitter poster named Gregory Martinez tweeted how his desire to murder Ann Romney, saying: “I want to murder Ann Romney right now. NO PATRIOT ACT!!! #RNC”

While other posters such as an Ashley Miller urged the wife, mother and cancer survivor to commit suicide.

“Ann Romney, go kill yourself,” Miller wrote in her Twitter feed. Her sentiments were joined in by an individual identified simply as Connor, who wrote; “Ann romney: Kill yourself.”

Their calls were joined by poster JERSEY Omerta OO7 who asked: “Why does Ann Romney act like an average mom? B**ch kill yourself, you had maids take care of your f***ing kids.”

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Breitbart:

What are uniformed field representatives of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Relations Service (CRS) doing assisting Occupy/anarchist activists outside the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa?

Exclusive video captured by Breitbart News during Occupy/anarchist demonstrations outside the RNC Tuesday shows CRS field representatives, wearing DOJ logo polo shirts and hats, conversing with Occupy protesters.

In one case, a CRS representative and protester are seen to high-five each other.

CRS representatives are also seen relaying specific instructions to the activists about the location of prearranged buses that were apparently taking them to their next scheduled demonstration.

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The States’ Rights Tradition

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In 1798, the legislatures of Virginia and Kentucky approved resolutions that affirmed the states’ right to resist federal encroachments on their powers. If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, warned the resolutions’ authors (James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, respectively), it will continue to grow – regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other much-touted limits on government power. The Virginia Resolutions spoke of the states’ right to “interpose” between the federal government and the people of the state; the Kentucky Resolutions (in a 1799 follow-up to the original resolutions) used the term “nullification” – the states, they said, could nullify unconstitutional federal laws.

These ideas became known as the “Principles of ’98.” Their subsequent impact on American history, according to the standard narrative, was pretty much confined to South Carolina’s nullification of the tariffs of 1828 and 1832. That is demonstrably false, as I shall show below. But it isn’t just that these ideas are neglected in the usual telling; as I discovered not long ago, these principles are positively despised by neoconservatives like Max Boot and the leftists at the New York Times (or do I repeat myself?). Neither one, in their reviews of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, so much as mentioned Jefferson’s name in connection with the Principles of ’98. It is hard to view such an omission as anything but deliberate. To mention Jefferson’s name is to lend legitimacy to ideas that nationalists of left and right alike detest, so they simply leave him out of the picture.

Jefferson once wrote, “When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” To resist this centralizing trend, the sage of Monticello was convinced, the states needed some kind of corporate defense mechanism.

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CARTOON BY GARY McCOY

REMEMBER WHEN MITT FIRST PICKED PAUL RYAN AS HIS RUNNING MATE AND HOW THE DEMOCRATS WERE ALL GITTY AND LICKING THEIR CHOPS AT THE IDEA.  MY, MY HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED IN JUST A FEW WEEKS.  IT IS A BIG FRICKING DEAL.
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