Sep 24, 2011

Skipwaves: Stuff you might have missed this week

Facebook’s new redesign aims to get you to provide more info they can use to serve you ads—and make more money. The question is whether users will be in control of privacy, says Justin Brookman.

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"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child"---Dan Quayle
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After days of worldwide suspense, NASA declared Saturday that a decommissioned six-ton satellite came apart during a fiery fall over the Pacific Ocean.
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Respected Black Actor, Nails the Tea Party for what it really is.
Morgan Freeman laid down the chips on the Tea Party in a new interview with Piers Morgan that is due to air Friday night. The Oscar-winning actor sat down with the British TV host and, amongst other things, discussed his belief that the right wing Tea Party's anti-Obama stance is rooted in racism.    MORE....

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Fox favors Perry, Romney-- not leader Ron Paul. 

If you’ve noticed a lack of Ron Paul in the mainstream media’s coverage of the 2012 presidential race, it might not be an accident.  

After he placed first in a Fox News poll, the outlet has removed the results from their website without explanation.



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Cain wins Florida Straw Poll bigtime
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign was dealt a worrying blow Saturday when he finished a distant second to businessman Herman Cain in a closely watched straw poll in Florida.
Cain won 37% of the 2,657 votes cast in the straw poll conducted at Presidency 5, a three-day convention sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida. Perry got just 410 votes, or 15.4%. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished third with 14%.
Michele Bachmann won just 40 votes to bring in last place.  She had won the Iowa caucus although in that straw poll, she bought all the delegates votes.  Say goodbye to Bachmann.

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Perry's lousy performances.  Texas governor and 2012 candidate Rick Perry defended his recent debate performances. “Yep, there may be slicker candidates and there may be smoother debaters,” Perry said in Michigan on Saturday, “but I know what I believe in.” Why, asks The Daily Beast’s Mark McKinnon, does Perry not seem to care about one of the most critical parts of the campaign? George W. Bush spent six months prepping for debates. Even Dick Cheney rehearsed like crazy—but Perry sounded like he was hearing questions for the first time.


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Yemeni president's troops kill 40 in new battles (AP)
Protestors react during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. A Yemeni pro-opposition officer says troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh are attacking soldiers who sided with the opposition in the capital Sanaa, killing several. Abdel-Ghani al-Shimiri says government forces are also moving to clear the opposition encampment on Change Square, which has been the epicenter of Yemen's uprising. Earlier in the day, more than a dozen people died as government forces attacked the protest camp at the square.(AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)AP - Forces loyal to Yemen's newly returned president attacked pro-opposition troops with mortar shells and heavy gunfire Saturday and used rooftop snipers to pick off unarmed protesters fleeing in panic, killing more than 40 people and littering the streets of the capital with bodies.

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KC School Neighbor Nervous

Tremors were felt in Lee’s Summit after the Missouri State Board of Education dropped a bomb on the Kansas City School District Tuesday, voting to pull its accreditation on Jan. 1. But the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is taking measures to minimize local impact.

State law allows students in unaccredited districts to transfer to any other district in their county or an adjoining county, and requires the unaccredited district to pick up tuition and transportation costs. But it’s not clear whether the Kansas City district would be able to cover those costs, especially if there’s a huge exodus, R-7 Superintendent David McGehee said. Therefore, he will ask the R-7 board next month to adopt a policy barring enrollment of out-of-district students before their tuition and transportation costs are paid. --Lees Summit Journal

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