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MASHABLE 28 September 2013 : 56% of Internet Users Have Searched for Themselves Online

DAILY MAIL 27 September 2013 : Pay it forward: An 18-year-old girl's death and her unfulfilled last wish for a pumpkin spice latte inspired a wave of kindness around the globe

HAARETZ 29 September 2013 : Thaw between Washington and Tehran brings Israel and Gulf states closer

TODAY IN HISTORY : Oct 9, 1967 : Che Guevara is executed
* MARXIST.com 18 JAnuary 2013 : Moral hypocrisy, St. Benedict's and Che Guevara
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GUARDIAN 29 September 2013
US government on verge of shutdown as House votes to delay health law
Saudi Arabian cleric says female drivers risk damaging ovaries
Defence secretary Philip Hammond heckled by ex-soldiers
Republicans vote to postpone Barack Obama's healthcare plans
Cameron accused of misleading Leveson on Brooks friendship

FOXNEWS 29 September 2013
Islamic terrorists kill at least 40 students in attack on Nigerian college
Terror trivia: Al Qaeda's new tactic to spare Muslims in attacks
NSA leak journalist Greenwald, colleague say new revelations coming

WOOT 29 September 2013 : Lifesmart 1,800 SQ FT Infrared Tower Heater

CNN 29 September 2013 : Israel says man spied for Iran, carried photos of U.S. Embassy

SLASH DOT 29 September 2013 : Snowden Strikes Again: NSA Mapping Social Connections of US Citizens

KSAT 29 September 2013 : Congress plays chicken as shutdown looms

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HOW to & STYLE : EXPOSED: The President's Secret Book (Documentary). Supposedly, according to White House officials speaking on the condition of anonymity, the president removed from a secret compartment inside a White House Abraham Lincoln statute the rumored "President's Book of Secrets." Many historians and conspiracy theorists would be surprised to find out that the secret book featured in the movie "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," actually does exist. Published on Jan 4, 2013 by 2800SUBNOW



NEWS& POLITIC : U.S. Government Preparing for Collapse (and Not in a Nice Way). Published on Mar 13, 2013 by StormCloudsGathering



NEWS & POLITIC : Government Shutdown Over Republican Wish-List? "The odds of a damaging government shutdown climbed higher on Thursday, as House Republicans looked beyond next Monday's deadline to pass a stopgap funding bill and laid out a series of demands in exchange for lifting the federal debt limit in mid-October. The move reflects House Republican leadership's conviction that the party is better positioned to extract concessions from Senate Democrats and the White House in a debt-ceiling fight than in the battle over a temporary government funding bill, which both chambers must pass by midnight on Monday, Sept. 30. Such a strategy foreshadows a lengthy fight that could rattle markets and endager the U.S. credit rating. More immediately, it douses Democrats' hopes that House Republicans would accept a Senate proposal to fund the government at current levels. "I do not see that happening," House Speaker John Boehner said of the prospect that his conference would pass the measure that is expected to clear the Senate this weekend ". Desi Doyen (Green News Report) and comedian Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show) break it down on The Young Turks. Published on Sep 26, 2013 by The Young Turks



EDUCATION : 2013 Sequestration: Cuts to the U.S. Federal Budget and U.S. Government Finance. In the United States federal budget, the sequester or sequestration refers to across the board reductions to the planned increases in federal spending that have begun to take effect on March 1, 2013. The cuts were enacted by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and initially set to go into effect on January 1, but that date was moved to March 1 by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, enacted on January 2, 2013. Cuts of approximately $85.4 billion during fiscal year 2013 began to take effect on March 1, 2013. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the sequester would reduce 2013 economic growth by about 0.6 percentage points (from 2.0% to 1.4%) and affect the creation or retention of about 750,000 jobs by year-end.

The cuts are split evenly (by dollar amounts) between the defense and non-defense categories. Some major programs like Social Security, Medicaid, federal pay (including military pay and pensions) and veterans' benefits are exempt. Medicare spending will be reduced by 2% per year versus the planned levels.

Over the 2013--2021 period, the sequester would reduce planned spending by $1.0 trillion with interest savings of approximately $170 billion, for a total of nearly $1.2 trillion in debt reduction or avoidance. The blunt nature of the cuts has been criticized, with some favoring more tailored cuts and others arguing for postponement while the economy improves.

CBO reported in February 2012 that: "In the absence of sequestration, CBO estimates, GDP growth would be about 0.6 percentage points faster during [the 2013] calendar year, and the equivalent of about 750,000 more full-time jobs would be created or retained by the fourth quarter." "CBO projects that sequestration will reduce the deficit by $42 billion in fiscal year 2013 and that this year's sequestration and automatic spending reductions next year will reduce the deficit by $89 billion in fiscal year 2014." [R]educing the amount of fiscal tightening this year [2013] would strengthen the economy in the short term, [but] the resulting increase in federal borrowing would weaken the economy in the longer term unless other changes in spending or tax policy were made to offset that additional borrowing."

CBO explained further why it expects the sequestration to reduce outlays by $42 billion in fiscal year 2013, although the the automatic budget cuts total $85 billion: "The $85 billion represents the reduction in budgetary resources available to government agencies this year as a result of the sequestration. But not all of that money would have been spent in this fiscal year in the absence of the sequestration: Some would have been used to enter into contracts to buy goods or services to be provided and paid for next year or in subsequent years. Acquiring major weapons systems and completing large construction projects, for example, can take several years. The $42 billion figure is CBO's estimate of the reduction in cash disbursements in fiscal year 2013; much of the remaining outlay reductions from the 2013 sequestration will occur in fiscal year 2014, though some will occur later."

Economist Paul Krugman reported one estimate that implementation of the sequester could cost 700,000 jobs. The International Monetary Fund plans to lower its 2013 GDP growth forecast for the U.S. from 2.0% to 1.5% if the sequester is implemented.

Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke testified in February 2013 that the Federal government should replace the sequester with smaller cuts today and larger cuts in the future, due to concerns the sequester would slow the economy.  He reminded lawmakers of the CBO's guidance that recent austerity measures were projected to reduce economic growth by up to 1.5 percentage points in 2013 (relative to what it would have been otherwise), of which 0.6 percentage points related to the sequester. Bernanke stated that the long-run fiscal issues mainly related to an aging population and healthcare costs. He wrote: "To address both the near- and longer-term [fiscal] issues, the Congress and the Administration should consider replacing the sharp, front-loaded spending cuts required by the sequestration with policies that reduce the federal deficit more gradually in the near term but more substantially in the longer run. Such an approach could lessen the near-term fiscal headwinds facing the recovery while more effectively addressing the longer-term imbalances in the federal budget."

Bernanke also explained that although current laws would stabilize the debt to GDP ratio at around 75%, the ratio averaged less than 40% from 1960 to the onset of the crisis in 2008: "This relatively low level of debt provided the nation much-needed flexibility to meet the economic challenges of the past few years. Replenishing this fiscal capacity will give future Congresses and Administrations greater scope to deal with unforeseen events." Published on Mar 2, 2013 by Political History





U.N. Security Council mulls action on Syria aid
By Michelle Nichols - UNITED NATIONS - After adopting a hard-fought, Russian-backed resolution to rid Syria of chemical weapons, the U.N. Security Council is now turning its attention to the country's dire humanitarian crisis, putting to the test its fragile consensus on the conflict.
* At least 16 dead as Syrian school hit in air strike: activists
* Life in limbo for the displaced of Damascus
* Poor and desperate, Syrian refugees beg on Yemen's streets
* Assad says Syria will respect U.N. chemical weapons accords

Kerry sees potential for quick Iran nuclear deal 
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry said a deal on Iran's nuclear weapons program could be reached relatively quickly, and it would have the potential to dramatically improve the relationship between the two countries.
* Iran is biggest test for Obama's often rocky ties with Netanyahu
* Iranians cheer, protest over Rouhani's historic call with Obama

Capitol quiet as government shutdown nears
By David Lawder and Richard Cowan - WASHINGTON - With a midnight Monday deadline to avert a federal government shutdown fast approaching, the U.S. Capitol building was eerily quiet, with meeting rooms locked, lawmakers not to be found, and both parties waiting for the other to blink.
* Closed museums to be least of the problems in a shutdown

* VIDEO : House Republicans cry out for Senator Harry Reid to open Senate
So here goes the explanation.

The U.S. government is facing two severe financial problems : budget for fiscal year 2014 and the debt limit . U.S. new fiscal year begins next month , but the budget has not been passed by Congress and this could lead to a partial government shutdown .

Republicans who controlled Congress have passed a temporary budget. However, this is by requiring delay on health insurance reform promoted by President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Senate --- controlled by Democrats --- have started an intense discussion of the budget on Wednesday (09/25), separating the requirements as proposed by Republicans.

Senators hope to be able to pass the temporary budget which will allow the government to spend the money for one and a half months.

However, another more serious financial problem is related to the debt limit boosts. The U.S. Treasury officials have previously warned that if the limit wasn't raised, the government would run out of money to pay the debt on October 17th. Responding to the warning, Congressman counting that the U.S. would have failed to pay in the time between October 22 until the end of October, if the debt limit was not raised .
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Soldiers fight without payment. Unpaid agents guarding the borders. Disease will not be checked. Toxic waste will be displaced. Travelers activities hampered. Government contractors laid off. Festival and Parade Cancelled. Thousands of Washington visitors will be disappointed. Members of Congress collect bills. Taxes must be paid on time. Do not be late for an orgasm, dahling. Married: Later, okay? Shut your mouth, stupid!







Italy PM takes crisis to parliament
Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta goes to parliament to seek a way out of the crisis surrounding his coalition with ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi's party.
* Italy in 'uncertain waters' - VIDEO
* Gavin Hewitt: Tremor from Italy
* Profile: Enrico Letta
* Berlusconi: in his own words

Australia PM to begin Indonesia trip
Australia'a new Prime Minister Tony Abbott is to begin a visit to Indonesia, amid tensions between the two nations over his tough asylum policies.
* Australia: Why boat people risk it all
* Abbott downplays dispute

MAGAZINE : Body language -  Why do people get quotes tattooed on their skin?

HEALTH : Young mothers 'risk factor for early childhood death'

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'Syria will comply with UN resolution' - Bashar al-Assad

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Pakistan earthquake: Visiting an island that did not exist a few days ago

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Morecambe Bay's Queen's Guide to the Sands on why he loves his job
Italy's awkward coalition crumbles

Stuntman flies through mountain

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SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT : Updated SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off - By Jonathan Amos 
The US SpaceX company successfully launches a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
* Texas aims to be space hub
* Ariane sizes up for competition






All Bad Things Must End
In advance of the series finale, Breaking Bad writer Thomas Schnauz reveals the moment they knew that Walt had reached the end of the road
* Poniewozik: When Walt Became 'The One Who Knocks'
* Is 'Felina' the Secret to the Finale?
* An Inside View into 'Team Walt'
* TIME's Complete Coverage of the Series Finale

11th Hour Brinksmanship Before Shutdown
The House and Senate ended the weekend no closer to a deal to avert a government shutdown, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday at midnight
* Clinton to Obama: Don't Negotiate
* The Best Shutdown Explainer

VIDEO : Government Shutdown: How to Explain It to a Kid 

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CZ

"Thank you for your perception! I like your romantic side, even if I do not always comment and I'm glad that you're in my circle of friends."
(Courtesies by: Wolfgang A. Gerhardt)

Wolfgang A.Gerhardt : May be you like this Sunday collage

Cisca Zarmansyah : Before today, there never was a person doing this to me. You create a simple matter to look special. This is a special thing for me.

Cisca Zarmansyah : Thank you. I love it. I love you, my friend.

CieL- FreYa Ceastle : Hmm, he's so nice...















"I am me.
In all the world,
there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine,
because I alone chose it --
I own everything about me:
my body,
my feelings,
my mouth,
my voice,
all my actions,
whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
my dreams,
my hopes,
my fears.
I own my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing,
I can love me
and be friendly with all my parts.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know
-- but as long as I am friendly
and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully
look for solutions
to the puzzles and ways
to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time
is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked,
sounded,
thought,
and felt
turn out to be unfitting,
I can discard that which is unfitting,
keep the rest,
and invent something new
for that which I discarded.
I can see,
hear,
feel,
think,
say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others,
to be productive,
and to make sense
and order out of the world of people
and things outside of me.
I own me,
and therefore,
I can engineer me.
I am me,
and I am okay."

VIRGINIA SATIR
(American Phychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)