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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.
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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.
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AlterNet / By Max Blumenthal February 13, 2013

How Law Enforcement and Media Covered Up the Plan to
Burn Christopher Dorner Alive.  HIghly disturbing behavior by
newspaper and Live TV sources in complying with the San
Bernardino Sheriffs.

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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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