Daily Archives: April 10, 2013

Views from the Solar System (118)


Sun’s Quiet Corona
NASA – This image taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument at 171 Angstrom shows the current conditions of the quiet corona and upper transition region of the Sun.

Image Credit: NASA/SDO

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Obama’s 2014 budget plan to be delivered Wednesday — into a yawning political void


By Lori Montgomery – President Obama will unveil his 2014 spending plan Wednesday (Apr 10), 65 days late and several trillion dollars short, by Republican standards, of effectively reining in the national debt.

But the more relevant fact about the White House budget may be the yawning political void into which it is about to fall on Capitol Hill.

An actual deal remains elusive. It is not even clear who will do the negotiating. more> http://tinyurl.com/dy6xm76

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J.C.Penney: Was Ron Johnson’s Strategy Wrong?


By Steve Denning – J.C. Penney Co. [JCP] has ousted its CEO, Ron Johnson, the chief executive who reinvented retail at Apple Inc. [AAPL] and who arrived at JC Penney just 17 months ago.

“One of the big mistakes was perhaps too much change too quickly without adequate testing on what the impact would be,” said Bill Ackman, the principal shareholder of JCPenney’s and the driving force behind Johnson’s recruitment.

Was Johnson’s idea itself flawed? Offering Better product and being more honest with the consumer. Was it too much too fast? Or was the idea itself ok? more> http://tinyurl.com/coe352r

Autodesk 2014 Design and Creation Suites


Autodesk – The new Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) Design and Creation Suites offer unprecedented access to the Autodesk 2014 software portfolio spanning the desktop and cloud and allow building, product, plant, and factory design; engineering, construction and infrastructure; and entertainment creation professionals to innovate more. For the first time, the 2014 Design and Creation Suites include new reality capture software and services that more easily incorporate both laser scans and digital photographs of the physical world into the 3D design and engineering process.

The 2014 family of Autodesk Design and Creation Suites includes:

more> http://tinyurl.com/bsne9mc

Luxembourg announces end of bank secrecy with EU states


  Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker arrives at the European Union (EU) council headquarters for an EU leaders summit in Brussels March 14, 2013.  Credit: Reuters/Laurent DubruleBy Michele Sinner – Luxembourg plans to lift bank secrecy rules for European Union citizens who have savings based in the country, the prime minister announced on Wednesday (Apr 10), marking a sharp shift in policy that will take effect from 2015.

Luxembourg, with a banking industry roughly 22 times the size of its economy and with deposits equivalent to 10 times its GDP, has come under renewed pressure to change. The heavy losses imposed on uninsured deposit holders in the bailout of Cyprus underscored the weak bargaining position of smaller EU states should they run into difficulty. Cyprus’s financial sector, swollen with foreign funds lured by low taxes and light regulation, also dwarfed the island’s economy. more> http://tinyurl.com/c2z2ljd

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Library of Congress – H.R. 933 [113th] Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 S. 150 [113th] A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms … Continue reading

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CONGRESS WATCH Heller Seeks Answers for Nevada Veterans, YouTube [VIDEO 5:18]