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« Reply #3315 on: Mar 14th, 2011, 6:11pm »

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Hacker group releases BofA employee correspondence
By Joe Rauch
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina
Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:30am EDT

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Anonymous, a hacker group sympathetic to WikiLeaks, released on Monday emails that it obtained from someone who said he is a former Bank of America Corp employee.

In the emails dating from November 2010, people that appear to be employees of a Balboa Insurance, a Bank of America insurance unit, discuss removing documents from loan files for a group of insured properties.

Neither the emails nor correspondence released by Anonymous indicate the reason behind the electronic record keeping discussion.

A representative of Anonymous told Reuters on Sunday the documents relate to the issue of whether Bank of America has improperly foreclosed on homes. The representative added that he had not seen the documents, but he has been briefed on their contents.

Consumer groups have accused major U.S. lenders of foreclosing on many homes without having proper documentation in place.

A BofA spokesman said on Sunday the documents were clerical and administrative documents stolen by a former Balboa Insurance employee, and were not related to foreclosures.

"We are confident that his extravagant assertions are untrue," the spokesman said.

The group's email release also includes correspondence between Anonymous and the former employee, in which the former employee described the bank as a "cult" and said the company is now intent on destroying his career.

"I'm well known throughout Bank of America," the former employee said in one email. "They saw to that when they showed everyone my picture and labeled me as a terrorist."

The documents are available at bankofamericasuck.com/, a website that was working intermittently early on Monday morning.

(Reporting by Joe Rauch; Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball in Washington, D.C.; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)

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« Reply #3316 on: Mar 14th, 2011, 6:29pm »

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« Reply #3317 on: Mar 14th, 2011, 6:36pm »

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« Reply #3318 on: Mar 14th, 2011, 8:16pm »

Price is going up..... Why am I not surprised? rolleyes


Russia Hikes Price of Rocket Rides for U.S. Astronauts to $63 Million

Published March 14, 2011

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NASA, already committed to paying Russia millions of dollars to hitch rides into space, had some expensive news to announce Monday: Russia plans to start charging even more.

With the United States phasing out the shuttle program, the new way for U.S. astronauts to get to the International Space Station will be to catch a ride with the Russians, and NASA's existing contract for that transport priced each rocket ride at just under $56 million.

Now, Russia is hiking the price for each rocket ride to nearly $63 million in 2014. The contract extension with the Russian Space Agency totals $753 million, which covers trips for a dozen astronauts from 2014 through 2016.

Why such a price hike? NASA officials chalk it up to inflation.

NASA chief Charles Bolden says it's critical for U.S. companies to take over this transportation job. The space shuttles used to do that job are being retired this summer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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on Mar 14th, 2011, 8:16pm, Swamprat wrote:
Price is going up..... Why am I not surprised? rolleyes


Russia Hikes Price of Rocket Rides for U.S. Astronauts to $63 Million

Published March 14, 2011

FoxNews.com

NASA, already committed to paying Russia millions of dollars to hitch rides into space, had some expensive news to announce Monday: Russia plans to start charging even more.

With the United States phasing out the shuttle program, the new way for U.S. astronauts to get to the International Space Station will be to catch a ride with the Russians, and NASA's existing contract for that transport priced each rocket ride at just under $56 million.

Now, Russia is hiking the price for each rocket ride to nearly $63 million in 2014. The contract extension with the Russian Space Agency totals $753 million, which covers trips for a dozen astronauts from 2014 through 2016.

Why such a price hike? NASA officials chalk it up to inflation.

NASA chief Charles Bolden says it's critical for U.S. companies to take over this transportation job. The space shuttles used to do that job are being retired this summer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/03/14/russia-hikes-price-rocket-rides-astronauts-63-million/#ixzz1GcqexA8f


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New York Times

March 15, 2011
As Diplomacy Falters, Qaddafi Tells Rebels: Surrender or Flee
By ANTHONY SHADID, KAREEM FAHIM and ALAN COWELL

AJDABIYA, Libya — As diplomacy faltered on Tuesday over the question of outside intervention in Libya, Col. Muammer el-Qaddafi told rebels trying to overthrow him that they had one choice: surrender or flee.

With Libya’s crisis now ending its fourth week, Colonel Qaddafi’s familiar, defiant posture seemed bolstered by recent military advances by his troops and he revealed no readiness either to retreat in face of pressure from outside powers or to heed calls at home for the end of his more than four decades of iron rule.

Far from the battlefields, as officials struggled to formulate a response to the crisis, diplomacy seemed in danger of being outstripped by events on the ground. Early on Tuesday, France said there had been no agreement at a meeting Monday of the Group of 8 powers on the contentious issue of enforcing a no-flight zone to ground the loyalist air force.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, published on Tuesday, Colonel Qaddafi expressed disappointment with onetime European partners — particularly Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, formerly his closest Western ally, and again depicted his adversaries in Libya as terrorists steered by Al Qaeda.

Asked if he was prepared to open a dialogue with them, he replied: “Dialogue with whom? The people are on my side.”

As for the rebels, regrouping toward their eastern stronghold in Benghazi as loyalist troops claimed advances, Colonel Qaddafi said: “They have no hope. Their cause is lost. There are only possibilities: to surrender or run away.”

The Libyan leader may have drawn some comfort from the disarray among outside powers seeking his ouster.

France and Britain are leading efforts to patrol Libya‘s airspace, as Western powers did in Saddam Hussein‘s Iraq. But after a meeting of the Group of 8 in Paris, the French foreign minister, Alain Juppé, said on Tuesday there had been no agreement.

“So far I have not convinced them,” Mr. Juppé told Europe 1 radio, according to Reuters, following resistance from two of the group’s members, Russia and Germany.

“If we had used military force last week to neutralize a certain number of airfields and the dozens of airplanes” available to Colonel Qaddafi, “perhaps the reversals suffered by the opposition would not have happened,” Mr. Juppé said. “But that is the past.” France is the only country to have recognized the rebels as the representatives of the Libyan people.

”Qaddafi is scoring points,” Mr. Juppé said. “We have perhaps missed a chance to re-establish the balance,” he said, since there was little to stop the Qaddafi forces from seizing Benghazi.

Mr. Juppé said that the foreign ministers agreed to “immediately relaunch a discussion at the U.N. Security Council, and that is underway today, to take up a resolution and raise the pressure against the Qaddafi regime.”

“Currently we do not have the military means because the international community has not decided to provide them,” Mr. Juppé said.

It has never been clear what role France expected to play in any no-flight zone, since Mr. Juppé had also ruled out using NATO as an instrument in Libya, claiming that it had an “aggressive” image in the Arab world.

Mr. Juppé later cited a sea embargo among possible alternative means of applying pressure. But it is air power that has provided Colonel Qaddafi with one of several forms of supremacy over his adversaries.

On Monday, government warplanes launched fresh strikes against this anxious town on the doorstep of Benghazi, and almost abreast of a highway crucial to recapturing the eastern border and encircling the rebels with heavy armor and artillery.

Residents of Zuwarah, an isolated city near the Tunisian border in the west, told Reuters that the pro-Qaddafi forces that surrounded them three days before had taken control. “Zuwarah is in their hands now,” said one resident, Tarek Abdallah. “They control it and there is no sign of the rebels. They are now in the center — the army and the tanks.”

The Libyan rebels have made increasingly anxious pleas for intervention that have, so far, produced none. The United Nations Security Council took up the contentious question of a no-flight zone on Monday, but no decision was reached.

In recent days, the rebels have asserted that the retreat of their forces is a tactical choice rather than a desperate measure, and that they are reorganizing to inject more experienced fighters into the ranks. At the same time, their unrelenting calls for a no-flight zone — at news conferences, on banners and even in the face paint of protesters — have made clear that the rebel leadership holds out little hope of its ragtag army defeating the colonel’s loyalists on its own.

In a welcome turn for the rebels, who have asked for military assistance, including airstrikes, from Western powers, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with unnamed opposition leaders in a Paris hotel room after the meeting of the foreign ministers of the countries in the Group of 8 — the first such high-level meeting.

In Benghazi, the vice chairman of the interim opposition ruling council, Abdul Hafidh Ghoga, said a rebel representative would use the meeting with Mrs. Clinton to demand quicker intervention. Inaction, Mr. Ghoga warned, “would have negative results on our future relations with the West.”

West of Tripoli, loyalists appeared to be tightening their siege of other rebel-held areas, following a brutal week of battle in which they recaptured — and nearly demolished — the strategically important town of Zawiyah. The legacy of that battle haunted the residents of Zuwarah, a Berber town of about 40,000 people.

“We know what happened in Zawiyah, and we think that the same thing is going to happen here soon,” one resident said, speaking anonymously to protect himself and his family from retribution.

“They say that if you take down the flag, we will let you live,” he added. “Maybe we will fight, but we will have a lot of casualties.”

On the eastern front, amid conflicting claims by the rebels and loyalist forces, the battle lines were hard to locate. The government said on state television that its troops controlled Brega, The Associated Press reported. At the same time, Mr. Ghoga said that rebel soldiers were still fighting in the city, particularly at night, and that on Sunday they had captured more than two dozen loyalist fighters there. But he did not provide any proof of that claim.

As the fighting nears Benghazi, Libya‘s second-largest city, rebel leaders, reacting to criticism of their battlefield performance, have contended that they may still have a chance: Colonel Qaddafi’s forces, they contend, are overextending their lines as they push rebels back and might be running short of fuel. Mr. Ghoga said the rebels were not facing a similar fuel shortage.

There was an eerie calm on Monday in Ajdabiya, a strategic town about 100 miles south of Benghazi that has braced for an attack by forces loyal to Colonel Qaddafi. Some lines formed at bakeries, and a few cars were seen transporting residents out of the city.

Soviet-made warplanes struck a military barracks at the edge of Ajdabiya that has housed the rebels, who seem, at least anecdotally, to be making an effort to bring discipline to their unruly ranks. One blast struck a guard post at the barracks, spraying shards of green glass around the entrance. The other detonated just feet away from a pile of ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades, which did not go off.

Hospital officials said five people were wounded, one of them seriously.

At the entrance to Ajdabiya, marked by two metal arches, rebels have built dirt fortifications and filled hundreds of sandbags. Ammunition boxes scattered around a courtyard were moved inside or toward fighting near Brega. Rebel leaders repeatedly urged the civilians to leave the entrance, where reporters’ access was limited.

“If he takes Ajdabiya, he will win,” said Yunes Mohammed, an oil safety official milling about with a crowd at the town’s edge, where strong winds swept up sand.

“His people can go from here to Benghazi. But the people of Ajdabiya will fight because we know that if he takes the area, he will kill us all, and we know he has done this before.”


Anthony Shadid reported from Ajdabiya, Libya, Kareem Fahim from Benghazi, Libya, and Alan Cowell from London. David D. Kirkpatrick contributed reporting from Tripoli, Libya, and Steven Erlanger and Steven Lee Myers from Paris.

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New York Times

March 15, 2011
Germany Shuts 7 Reactors for 3-Month Review
By JUDY DEMPSEY

BERLIN — With the crisis in Japan raising fears about nuclear power, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that she will temporarily shut down seven German nuclear power plants that began operations before the end of 1980 as officials begin a three-month safety review of all of the country’s 17 plants. Mrs. Merkel said the shutdowns were based on a government decree. Germany is the first European country to halt operations at some reactors in response to the nuclear disaster in Japan. Mrs. Merkel made the announcement after holding emergency talks with the leaders of the 16 German states. The closure of the seven plants means that Germany will have to speed up the development of alternative energy sources, such as renewables, wind and solar power.

It was not immediately clear if the seven plants would remain closed after the end of the three-month review period, said Environment Minister, Norbert Röttgen who briefed reporters after the meeting. On Monday, Switzerland joined Germany in saying that it would reassess the safety of nuclear reactors and possibly reduce reliance on them.

Doris Leuthard, the Swiss energy minister, said Switzerland would suspend plans to build and replace nuclear plants. She said no new ones would be permitted until experts had reviewed safety standards and reported back. Their conclusions will apply to existing plants as well as planned sites, she added. Swiss authorities recently approved three sites for new nuclear power stations.

Germany will suspend “the recently decided extension of the running times of German nuclear power plants,” Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin. “This is a moratorium and this moratorium will run for three months.” She said the suspension would allow for a thorough examination of the safety standards of the county’s 17 nuclear power plants.

“There will be no taboos,” Mrs. Merkel said.

Even when the three months is over, Mrs. Merkel warned, there would be no going back to the situation before the moratorium.

Across Europe, officials worried about the Continent’s use of nuclear power as cooling systems failed at a third nuclear reactor in Japan and officials in that country struggled to regain control.

The European Union called for a meeting on Tuesday of nuclear safety authorities and operators to assess Europe’s preparedness. Austria’s environment minister, Nikolaus Berlakovich, called for a European Union-wide stress test “to see if our nuclear power stations are earthquake-proof.”

In Germany, with Mrs. Merkel’s center-right coalition facing important regional elections this month, the move was apparently in part an effort to placate the influential antinuclear lobby and give her coalition some breathing space before making a final decision about nuclear energy.

The foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, called for a new risk analysis of the country’s nuclear plants, particularly regarding their cooling systems. He is the leader of the pro-business Free Democratic Party, which strongly supports nuclear power.

A previous government, led by the Social Democrats and Greens, pushed through legislation in 2001 to close all of the country’s nuclear plants by 2021. But Mrs. Merkel’s center-right government reversed that decision last year and voted to extend the lives of the plants by an average of 12 years.

Nuclear energy provides about 11 percent of Germany’s energy supply but its contribution to electricity output is about 26 percent.

In Switzerland, the suspension of plans to build and replace plants will affect all “blanket authorization for nuclear replacement until safety standards have been carefully reviewed and if necessary adapted,” Ms. Leuthard, the energy minister, said in a statement.

Switzerland has five nuclear reactors, which produce about 40 percent of the country’s energy needs.

Ms. Leuthard said she had already asked the Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate to analyze the exact cause of the problems in Japan and draw up new or tougher safety standards “particularly in terms of seismic safety and cooling.”

In Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin said his government would not revise its ambitious program of building nuclear reactors but would “draw conclusions from what’s going on in Japan,” Russian news agencies reported. Nuclear power currently accounts for 16 percent of Russia’s electricity generation.


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What Congress Should Ask Petraeus
By Spencer Ackerman
March 15, 2011 | 7:00 am
Categories: Af/Pak

Congress’ favorite man in uniform, Gen. David Petraeus, returns to the Hill Tuesday morning for the first time since becoming the Afghanistan war’s commander in July. Over the next two days, you’ll hear him explain why his counterinsurgency strategy is making progress — or “arresting Taliban momentum,” as the phrase goes — however tenuous those may can be.

You may hear him talk about all the insurgents his NATO troops have killed and captured. And you may hear him talk up security gains in Helmand Province’s Nawa District as proof that his approach is working.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is up first, and there are some certainties to expect. Right-wing senators will try to get Petraeus to reject the Obama administration’s deadline to begin transitioning troops out of Afghanistan in July (meaningless as that date might be). Left-wing senators will try to get Petraeus to overpraise the Afghan security forces, to hasten the U.S. departure.

Everyone will try to get some certainty on how many troops will leave Afghanistan in July, and the parts of Afghanistan they’ll be departing.


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•The United Nations found that more civilians died last year — due, in enormous part, to the Taliban — than any other year in the war, even though your strategy holds the protection of the population as the key to success. What’s going wrong?

•That same U.N. report warned that your increase of the air war is bringing civilian casualties caused by air strikes back on the rise. Is the air campaign going too far?

•The Afghanistan surge has focused on the south and the southwest. But attacks are rising in the eastern areas that border Pakistan — where al-Qaeda is, in any event. Is it time to re-emphasize the east? Do you even have enough troops to do so?

•After July, will there be new counterinsurgency operations, or will you be transitioning the ones you’re undertaking now to the “hold” and “build” phase?

•The leader of the Afghan training command, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, is bullish on the rapid increase in Afghan soldiers and police. But how do you assess their quality? How many are capable of operating independently of NATO forces, and what’s the rate of growth for that independence?

•The Taliban’s homemade bombs are increasingly ineffective, but there are more of them than ever. Do you need more sensors or drones or bomb-sniffing dogs? If not, what else can be done to break up the bomb networks and bring the bomb totals down?

•If you’re taking territory away from the Taliban, why aren’t more insurgents making peace with the Afghan government? Is this an Afghan problem, or is there more that NATO should be doing to help bring the Taliban in from the cold?

•Speaking of, after getting fooled by a fake Taliban leader, is NATO still taking actions to facilitate high-level peace talks between the Karzai government and the Taliban?

•Has the increase of U.S. civilians in Afghanistan made any difference in the war? Where are most of the “civilian surge” elements based?

•A U.S.-Afghan negotiating team is beginning to talk this week about NATO’s post-2014 presence in Afghanistan. Should there be one? If so, for what purpose? The Center for a New American Security put out a call for transitioning to a Special Operations-led counterterrorism war after 2014. Do you agree with that? How many troops would be necessary for such an operation, and for how long?

•President Karzai’s brother is calling for permanent U.S. bases in Afghanistan. Is that insanity, or the goal of the current bilateral negotiations?

•Did WikiLeaks’ exposure of Afghans who cooperated with the U.S. lead to any actual deaths?

•Is success possible in Afghanistan — by your definition — without a Pakistani invasion of al-Qaeda safe havens in North Waziristan?

•If the Taliban say they won’t negotiate peace with the Karzai government absent a U.S. commitment to withdraw, is that something the U.S. has to put on the table in order to bring the war to a close?

•OK, seriously: how many U.S. troops will you recommend bringing home come July? That’s four months away — can you really not say?

•How long do you plan on staying in this job? And are you looking for another assignment before retiring? Just asking…


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Israel Navy Seizes Weapons Boat 'En Route To Gaza'
By GAVIN RABINOWITZ, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Published: 15 Mar 2011 10:20

JERUSALEM - Israeli naval commandos operating deep in international waters on March 15 boarded a cargo ship carrying arms that the Jewish state said was being smuggled from Iran to militants in the Gaza Strip.

"After midnight I gave the order to the navy to seize the ship, the Victoria," said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "We had clear evidence that the vessel was carrying weapons intended to harm Israel."

Israeli forces intercepted the Liberian-flagged vessel as it sailed about 200 nautical miles west of Israel's territorial waters, and warships then began escorting it to the southern port of Ashdod, said military spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich.

Israel said the vessel had set sail from the Turkish port of Mersin and was heading for Alexandria in Egypt, but that the arms originated in Iran and were destined for the Gaza Strip.

"On the boat we discovered many weapons destined for terror groups in the heart of Gaza," said Netanyahu. "The source of the weapons was Iran which is trying to arm the Strip."

He said Iran had sent the arms through a "relay station" - in an apparent reference to Syria.

The military said it thought the weapons were loaded onto the ship in the Syrian port of Latakia and stressed that Turkey was in no way involved.

"As far as we understand it Turkey has no relevance or connection to this event," Leibovich said. "This was from Syria to radical components in Gaza."

Defence Minister Ehud Barak said Israeli forces had been tracking the vessel for several days.

The vessel belongs to a German company, but was chartered by French firm, the army said, noting that the commandos had come aboard with the permission of the crew.

"It was a compliant boarding - there was no resistance, no violence used whatsoever," Leibovich said.

"The capture of the ship was done deep at sea in accordance with international practices," Netanyahu said.

Israel did not immediately release any details about the quantity or type of weapons thought to be on board the ship.

But Leibovich said weapons had been found in at least three shipping containers and the rest would be searched when it reached Ashdod, adding that there were "hundreds of containers" on board.

Israel has frequently accused Iran and Syria of trying to smuggle weapons to Gaza's Hamas rulers as well as to the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah.

In November 2009, Israel said its navy had intercepted a ship carrying "hundreds of tons" of arms from Iran to Hezbollah in a raid dozens of miles off the Israeli coastline.

The shipment was among the largest ever seized by Israel, dwarfing the 50 tons of weapons found aboard the Karine A seized in 2002 on its way to Gaza, which dealt a major blow to relations between the Palestinians and Washington.

In May 2001, the Israeli navy intercepted another vessel, the Santorini, which was carrying 40 tons of rockets, anti-tank weaponry, mortars and automatic weapons for armed groups in Gaza.

Israel still maintains a strict naval blockade on the Gaza Strip to prevent the smuggling of weapons into the territory.

Last year, the navy prevented a number of aid ships from reaching the coastal enclave, and in one incident, they stormed a six-ship flotilla which went disastrously wrong, leading to the deaths of nine pro-Palestinian activists from Turkey.

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Limitless: Film Review
12:00 AM 3/15/2011
by Kirk Honeycutt

A movie about a “smart pill” takes a few dumb plot turns.

The film, which also stars Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish and Anna Friel, centers on a down-and-out guy who takes a "smart pill" and suddenly becomes a Mega-brain on steroids.

Limitless should be so much smarter than it is. The movie is about a down-and-out guy who takes a “smart pill,” then can instantly write a book in four days, learn a language in hours and run rings around lawyers, criminals and financial advisers. He’s a Mega-brain on steroids, a Superman for the Information Age. He is also a comic reflection of a cultural shift in American perceptions of masculinity that is beginning to value a Bill Gates or Steve Jobs more than a Kobe Bryant or LeBron James. Alas, the filmmakers don’t use him very smartly.

The protagonist is well played by Bradley Cooper, who performs the transformations with aplomb, yet once the movie turn him into a Mega-brain its makers can’t quite figure out what to do with him: Do we want him to be funny or serious? First the movie puts him through a few financial magic tricks that look like an audition for Wall Street 3. After this, it throws him into a routine paranoid action-thriller. Disappointing.

Not so disappointing, though, that Relativity Media won’t see some smart money heading its way as Cooper goes into overdrive in a performance that makes a script by the estimable Leslie Dixon (Outrageous Fortune) and quirky direction by Neil Burger (The Illusionist) seem better than they are.

A New York author named Eddie Morra (Cooper) is faced with monumental “writer’s block” -- i.e., he hasn’t written a single word of a novel long overdue -- then gets a sweet goodbye from his long-suffering girlfriend, Lindy (Abbie Cornish). By chance, he runs into his ex-brother-in-law (Johnny Whitworth). Always a slick hustler, this Mephistopheles is pushing a new, unregulated drug called NZT. Naturally, he gives Eddie a sample.

This particular pharmaceutical allows Eddie access to 100 percent of his brain. The movie perhaps overstates the possibilities here by giving the “addict” not only a phenomenal ability to learn and retain data but also a sixth sense that lets him anticipate future events, have knowledge he would not yet possess, a charisma his old self lacked and even newfound martial-arts abilities, the latter from memories of Bruce Lee movies!

Okay, a few exaggerations, but you cut the movie some slack and see how this plays out. The effect apparently wears off in a day, so Eddie gets back with his supplier for more pills. The trouble is the supplier is somewhat indisposed -- another client in an even more acute situation has murdered him and tossed his apartment looking for more pills. Fortunately, Eddie is able to find the entire drug stash -- interestingly enough, without benefit of a smart pill -- enough for many, many months.

In no time, “enhanced Eddie” has dashed off his novel, speaks Italian to a maitre d’, bangs every girl he desires and amasses a fortune playing the stock market. His girlfriend now wants him back and a mega-mogul, Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro) -- gotta love that name -- brings him aboard to mastermind a huge corporate merger.

Burger tries all kinds of visual trickery to imagine the hyper flow of information into a highly receptive brain: When Eddie is writing, letters fall from the ceiling; multiple Eddies are seen performing tasks; flattering light gently bathes Eddie’s face; and, in the most inventive yet strangely unsuccessful gimmick, the camera appears to rush through Manhattan streets, gobbling up blocks within seconds.

Obviously, there are going to be side effects to such persistent and strenuous use of a brain’s synapses. But the movie takes a couple of hard right turns before getting to those side effects. First the author oddly switches careers by becoming the overnight wonder boy of Wall Street, a turn that brings the movie to a near halt with computer day trading, conferences with brokers, meetings with Van Loon and a litany of data and flow charts that stops just short of power-point presentations.

Then gangsters and stalkers begin to shadow Eddie. A Russian goon (Andrew Howard) never feels like the right sort of villain for this kind of movie -- and he isn’t -- while the stalker turns out a more reliable bad guy but comes into play too late in the movie to be effective.

Police also dog Eddie, whom they suspect of murdering a young model -- an element that feels like a desperate attempt to up the suspense ante. The consequence of this obsession with genre material is that potentially fruitful plot elements such as Eddie’s newfound relationship with Libby and his confrontation with an ex-wife (Anna Friel), who suffers from the after-effects of prolonged NZT use, get tossed aside.

Well, filmmakers tell the stories they want to tell, but here those choices compromised the movie by their insistence on sticking to known genre elements rather than letting this Faust tale takes a more natural, uncharted course. Russian gangsters and Wall Street crooks are so tired by now. Furthermore, why would an artist take such a career detour anyway? A hot-shot author throwing off best-sellers every few months and claiming an ungodly celebrity status would not only have been more interesting but more logical to boot.

Cooper does deliver the goods, nonetheless, while Cornish and Friel’s solid work goes underappreciated. There is a glimmer of an interesting character twist in Howard’s goon who becomes shrewder in his criminality when he ingests the smart pill, but this is never fully developed.

In fact, if the filmmakers were so determined to stick with a thriller, why didn’t the writer and goon discover common ground in a rewarding collaboration rather than indulge in a bloody showdown you can see in any number of crude genre movies?

Cinematographer Jo Willems deserves credit for trying to shake things up with an inventive visual plan. Ditto that for Patrizia von Brandenstein’s wide-ranging production design from a miserable Chinatown flat to Mexican Riviera glory homes and a high-security Manhattan loft.

Opens: March 18 (Relativity Media)
Relativity in association with Virgin Produced and Intermedia Film presents a Rogue/Many Rivers/Boy of the Year production
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Anna Friel, Andrew Howard, Johnny Whitworth, Thomas Arana
Director: Neil Burger
Screenwriter: Leslie Dixon
Based on the novel by: Alan Glynn
Producers: Leslie Dixon, Scott Knoopf, Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive producers: Tucker Tooley, Bradley Cooper, Jason Felts
Director of photography: Jo Willems
Production designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein
Music: Paul Leonard-Morgan
Costume designer: Jenny Gering
Editor: Noami Geraghty
Rated PG-13, 105 minutes

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/limitless-film-review-167424

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Karyn Dolan has this in her Facebook photos. I loved it so I swiped it from her.

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The name Karyn Dolan does sound familiar to me. Is she a researcher or an author or something?

Something for purr I guess:

Baby Liger - a Lion-Tiger Hybrid - Unveiled at South Carolina Wildlife Reserve

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The Myrtle Beach Safari wildlife reserve in South Carolina recently announced the birth of a baby liger, the cross between a male lion and a tigress. The adorable 4-week-old Aries is pictured here peeking out from behind his 8-year-old big brother, Hercules. Aries may look small now, but he is expected to gain almost one pound a day, which will most likely put him at 365 pounds by his first birthday, Dr. Bhagavan Antle, director of The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.), told the (U.K.) Daily Mail.

Aries's older brother weighs in at a whopping 900 pounds, and stands almost 6 feet tall. Talk about a big kitty!

The coupling of a lion and a tiger is uncommon, especially in the wild. Lions are found mostly in Africa, while tigers live in Asia, and both species are extremely territorial. However, Aries and Hercules are a byproduct of T.I.G.E.R.S., which was established to provide funding to international wildlife conservation programs, along with education and field research, according to its website.

While ligers are bigger than both lions and tigers, they also have lighter stripes than tigers and a characteristic heart-shaped head without much of a mane like a lion would have. Hercules's head -- and soon Aries, who they expect to be as large if not larger than his older brother -- is 2 feet and 3 inches across, and his 2-inch claws are the same size as a velociraptor dinosaur, according to the Daily Mail.

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What a huge boy, isn't it.


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That is good to live by. Thanks.

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