Daily Archives: October 9, 2012

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SpaceX Launches to the International Space Station
NASASpace Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida is illuminated by a Falcon 9 rocket as it lifts off at 8:35 p.m. EDT carrying a Dragon capsule to orbit. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, built both the rocket and capsule for NASA’s first Commercial Resupply Services, or CRS-1, mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX CRS-1 is an important step toward making America’s microgravity research program self-sufficient by providing a way to deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including science experiments, to and from the orbiting laboratory. NASA has contracted for 12 commercial resupply flights from SpaceX and eight from the Orbital Sciences Corp.

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Voter Enthusiasm Gap The Real Challenge To Obama Re-Election


By Rick Ungar – According to NBC’s Chuck Todd, seventy-nine percent of GOP voters indicate that they are ‘extremely interested’ in the presidential election while only seventy-three percent of Democrats are similarly motivated to get out there and cast their vote come November 6th.

That’s a swing in the direction of the Republicans of nineteen percent when compared to the 2008 presidential election when the Democrats won the enthusiasm battle by thirteen percent—a very significant number. more> http://tinyurl.com/94sf7ou

Investors opt for gold ahead of U.S. “fiscal cliff”


By Eric Onstad – Investors are going for gold as their top commodities choice in what looks like a turbulent fourth quarter for the sector, planning for the possibility of a “fiscal cliff” that could shrink the U.S. economy and spur more money printing.

Previous bouts of quantitative easing (QE) have sent commodity markets soaring with other risk assets, but commodities have recently broken away from tracking equities as investors question the impact of the third round of U.S. bond-buying along with other programs in Europe, Japan and China. more> http://tinyurl.com/9jsa2f2

Top Chinese Telecom Makers Could be Shut out of U.S.


Reuters/Fox Business – China‘s top telecoms gear makers should be shut out of the U.S. market as potential Chinese state influence on them poses a security threat, the U.S. House of Representatives‘ Intelligence Committee said.

Employee-owned and unlisted Huawei is the world’s second-biggest maker of routers, switches and telecoms equipment by revenue after Sweden’s Ericsson. ZTE ranks fifth. In the global mobile phone sector, ZTE is fourth and Huawei sixth. more> http://tinyurl.com/99zqq8l

Who knew jobs data could be so exciting?


By Douglas Holtz-Eakin – First, let’s dismiss the notion that the integrity of the data-collection process was undermined. Anyone at all familiar with the production of federal economic statistics – at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Federal Reserve, or elsewhere – can appreciate the firewalls that exist between the professional collection, analysis and publication of economic data and the remainder of the agencies’ missions – especially their political appointees. It is unfathomable that these would be breached.

It is even more unfathomable that they would be breached without the career civil servants getting on the telephone to, say, Reuters and reporting the political manipulation within a nanosecond of it occurring.

The fact is that the household survey has only 55,000 to 60,000 households in the sample. To make it representative, it has to cover gender, age, race and education level. That means that there are likely relatively few people in any particular “cell”. more> http://tinyurl.com/9b7ppv9

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CONGRESS WATCH Elections & Voting, Colorado

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CONGRESS WATCH Denied: US Diplomats in Libya Requested More Security, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform/US Congress Concern Among Lawmakers As Banks Are Targeted By Cyber Attacks, Ian Bush, CBS Philly Federal report cites unfinished Philadelphia counterterrorism center as flawed, … Continue reading