Jul 14, 2011

Tycoon might sell Brit Papers? The Isle Remains Quite Abuzz and more Skip heard

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. withdrew its bid to take over British satellite broadcaster BSkyB Wednesday... this in the face of widespread public and political anger at the company over allegations of illegal eavesdropping and police bribery by some of its British newspaper journalists.
The pull out halts for now Murdoch's plans to create Britain's largest media company by acquiring the satellite broadcaster. News Corp. had been seeking to buy the 60.9% of the BSkyB shares it does not already own.


THE possibility of selling off News International altogether was under discussion yesterday as Rupert Murdoch met his inner circle.
Sources revealed that the global media mogul was locked in a series of meetings to specifically consider the option of dispensing with the group which owns The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times, following the closure of The News of the World.

One media expert said: “Murdoch has the ruthlessness to amputate the arm that is threatening the rest of News Corporation.” Alex de Groote, an analyst at Panmure, said a sale, was now a “live possibility”.


 Rupert and James Murdoch said Thursday that they planned to appear before a parliamentary committee investigating Britain's phone hacking scandal — a sudden U-turn after an extraordinary rebuff of lawmakers seeking to question them.


Will Americans Turn on Murdoch the Way the Brits Have?
In Britain, Murdoch was the biggest cheese of all, until his readers turned on him. Amid allegations of phone-hacking of 9/11 victims, will the American people do the same?


 FBI Investigates MURDOCH News Corp

The FBI has opened an investigation into allegations that media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sought to hack into the phones of Sept. 11 victims, a law enforcement official said Thursday.


US and Pakistan... no longer going steady?

Pakistan could pull back troops fighting Islamist militants near the Afghan border if the United States cuts off aid, the defense minister said on Tuesday in an interview with Pakistani media.

The United States Monday said it would hold back $800 million -- a third of nearly $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan -- in a show of displeasure over Pakistan's removal of U.S. military trainers, limits on visas for U.S. personnel and other bilateral irritants.

"If Americans refuse to give us money, then okay," he said. "I think the next step is that the government or the armed forces will be moving from the border areas. We cannot afford to keep military out in the mountains for such a long period."


Paki protests over US strikes
Drone hits in Pakistan.  Three suspected US missile strikes in north-western Pakistan in less than 12 hours have killed at least 38 alleged militants, an unusually heavy barrage at a time when relations between the two countries are badly strained, Pakistani intelligence officials said.


 Ahmad Wali Karzai assassination 'huge propaganda boost for Taliban'
The assassination of Ahmad Wali Karzai, the chairman of the Kandahar Provincial Council and President Hamid Karzai's half-brother, is an enormous propaganda and moral boost for the Taliban.

It is as yet unclear who was responsible for Ahmad Wali's assassination. Even if it was carried out, as one report suggests, by a body guard with a personal grudge, it will certainly be exploited by the Taliban for propaganda purposes and will damage fragile public confidence in Karzai's government.  London Daily Telegraph


Debt-ceiling talks hit brick wall as President Obama, GOP trade jabs

President Obama and GOP leaders traded accusations Monday over who was to blame as talks to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling stalled over the size and scope of the package.

Both sides pointed to the other as inflexible as the odds increased that Congress will not raise the nation’s borrowing limit by an Aug. 2 deadline.


Religious Right strategies to introduce fundamentalist Christianity into public school science classes have (ironically) evolved over the years. READ MORE
By Rob Boston / Church & State Magazine

Interviewing:  Ten Body language BLUNDERS.  Check it from Monster.com.


Fox & Friends Cheerleads GOP Efforts To Repeal Light Bulb Efficiency Standards


TKC NOTE . . . We met a man calling himself Byron Funkhouser more than a year ago and he as contributed a great deal to this forum since that time . . . Byron has been one of the most thoughtful, patient and interesting TKC Commenters in quite awhile . . . I think he even managed to make CHUCK lol on a rare occasion which is no small feet feat. I was sad to read of his plan to depart the TKC Community . . . but I felt like it's important to mark his departure and let him know that he is welcomed back whenever he thinks of Kansas City . . .

Sho nuff, Byron, stop buy to debate national issues when you think of it.  Huggs byr


National Cyber Alert System
Cyber Security Alert SA11-193A

Microsoft Updates for Multiple Vulnerabilities
   Original release date: July 12, 2011
Source: US-CERT
Systems Affected
     * Microsoft Windows
     * Microsoft Office
   There are multiple vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows and Office.  Microsoft has released updates to address these vulnerabilities.
   Install updates
   The updates to address these vulnerabilities are available on the Microsoft Update site (requires Internet Explorer). We recommend enabling Automatic Updates.


Watch my car... a very funny video


What kids say these days
I was eating lunch on the 20th of February with my 9-year-old granddaughter and I asked her, "What day is tomorrow?"

She said "It's President's Day!" She is a smart kid!!

I asked "What does President's Day mean?"  I was waiting for something about Washington or Lincoln...etc.

She replied, "President's Day is when President Obama steps out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow we have one more year of unemployment."

You know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out your nose.

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