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AlterNet / By Eric Zuesse February 7, 2013
America Is Far from #1
The latest Global Competitiveness Report comparing 144 countries shows the sorry state of our country's development "The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013,” by the World Economic Forum, is t he latest annual ranking of 144 countries, on a wide range of factors related to global economic competitiveness . On each of their many rankings, #1 represents the best nation, and #144 represents the worst nation. Read More
Anger at funeral for slain S.African model Steenkamp
Reuters Feb. 19, 2013
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A tearful funeral was held on Tuesday for model and law school graduate Reeva Steenkamp, with mourners calling for a harsh penalty for her boyfriend, Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius, who has been charged with her murder. Read More
At approximately 7 PM ET, I listened through a police scanner a San Bernardino Sheriffs gave the order to burn down the cabin where suspected murderer Christopher Dorner was allegedly hiding. Deputies were maneuvering a remote controlled demolition vehicle to the base of the cabin, using it to tear down the walls of the cabin where Dorner was hiding, and peering inside. Read More
This case is beyond sad, Neither family will have peace for a long time , if ever. For different reasons, this case has the O.J .Simpson "Air" all over it. BM
What are a Surrogate's Rights? Woman's Controversial Pregnancy in Spotlight
By Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting –
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 4:11 PM ESTCrystal Kelley, a surrogate who entered into an agreement to have a Connecticut couple’s baby for them last year, found herself embroiled in a bitter battle when an ultrasound found fetal abnormalities, and the couple asked her to have an abortion, a CNN report revealed this week. Read More
Pet group says Americans spent over $53 billion on their pets last year, up 5 pct from 2011 CP | By The Associated Press Posted: 02/22/2013 LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The economy may have remained sluggish last year but Americans refused to scrimp on their pets, with animal lovers spending upwards of $53 billion on food, veterinary care, kennels and other services in 2012.
That's up 5 per cent from 2011, when spending first broke the $50 billion barrier, says the American Pet Products Association, a trade group based in Greenwich, Conn. And APPA President and CEO Bob Vetere predicts another 4 per cent gain this year. Read More