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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

25 February - My Feedly

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  1. Al Jazeera English
    Japanese automaker Nissan recently announced it will pour $2bn dollars into Mexico, with the country's grisly crime rate failing to deter additional major investments. Mexico's economy motors on like
  2. NaturalNews.com
  3. Sahara Reporters
    Fuel Scarcity Is To Blackmail Nigerians, Says NLC | Sahara Reporters Fuel Scarcity Is To Blackmail Nigerians, Says NLC | Sahara Reporters like
  4. Sahara Reporters
    Ihedioha, Obi Fingered In The Rigging Of Ahiazu/Ezinihitte House Of Representatives Bye Election |... Ihedioha, Obi Fingered In The Rigging Of Ahiazu/Ezinihitte House Of Representatives Bye Election |. like
  5. Sahara Reporters
    Reinventing The Super Eagles By Sonala Olumhense | Sahara Reporters Reinventing The Super Eagles By Sonala Olumhense | Sahara Reporters like
  6. Care2
    The solution to our plastic waste problem could be here! LIKE this post if you'd eat edible food packaging. Edible Food Packaging like
  7. Al Jazeera English
    Could the US be heading for a nuclear catastrophe? People & Power investigates the country's many ageing nuclear reactors and asks what should happen to them as they reach the end of their working lives. Danger Zone: Ageing Nuclear Reactors like
  8. Al Jazeera English
    A culture of fear has led many in the nation's press to employ self-censorship to avoid becoming potential targets Somali journalists fear becoming targets like
  9. Al Jazeera English
    Africa's top envoy has proposed Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade retire in two years if he is re-elected, seeking to ease tensions on the eve of the nation's contentious polls. The opposition countered the proposal on Saturday by saying that any negotiations must involve fresh elections without the 85-year-old Wade. Political standoff on eve of Senegal election like
  10. Truth News Radio Australia
    The NSW Supreme Court today ruled the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) had no jurisdiction to issue a public warning about the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN). Anti-vaccine group wins court case like
  11. Freethoughtblogs.com
  12. Center for Media and Democracy
    On February 29th, Occupy groups in over 70 cities will be targeting corporate members of the highly-influential American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Check out this story about #f29. http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/02/11320/occupy-movement-set-target-alec-corporate-members-f29 Occupy Movement Set to Target ALEC Corporate Members F29 | Center for Media and Democracy like
  13. Real Coastal Warriors
  14. Mathaba News Network
  15. Center for Media and Democracy
    On February 29th, Occupy groups in over 70 cities will be targeting corporate members of the highly-influential American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Check out this story about #f29. http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/02/11320/occupy-movement-set-target-alec-corporate-members-f29 Occupy Movement Set to Target ALEC Corporate Members F29 | Center for Media and Democracy like


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Weekend Edition Feed your mind


Haley (NC) - Lies About ALEC
I saw this snip earlier this week when researching the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and tried to find something more substantial on it and could not until today.Governor says talks help her keep in touch Dennis Shreefer, a former WSPA anchor from Roebuck, walked away less pleased with his visit with the governor.Shreefer said he asked Haley questions about what she knows about the


City Mayor Gives Endorsement to Soviet-style Checkpoints in South Carolina
Brandon Turbeville Activist Post In another development regarding the Kershaw County police state situation, it appears that the mayor of Elgin, a small city located inside Kershaw County, is now endorsing the round-the-clock DUI checkpoints initiated by the Sheriff’s Department. For those unfamiliar with the situation, Kershaw County in South Carolina first made the news after the Sheriff put al
Elite Criminal Cartel to Loot Taxpayers in the Name of Cyber Security
The Intel Hub By Shepard Ambellas February 25, 2012 Are Washington cronies awaiting order, as another false flag event is primed and ready for release when the puppet masters give their ominous command? American policy makers are in a state of high alert over recent cyber threats. Recently there has been a string of malicious hacks on governmental websites suggesting one of two things — either th
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Heartland have released both emails that Peter Gleick wrote under his name (below) as well as under a false name. The deceit is there for all to see. Heartland have at all times behaved impeccably. — Jo
From James Taylor at Forbes.com
The real story in this Fakegate scandal is how the global warming movement is desperate, delusional, and collapsing as global warming fails to live up to alarmist predictions. People with sound science on their side do not need to forge documents to validate their arguments or make the other side look bad. Also, people who are so desperate as to forge documents in an attempt to frame their rivals are clearly not above forging scientific data, studies, and facts to similarly further their cause. It is both striking and telling how global warming activists have failed to condemn the acts of forgery in the Fakegate scandal.
Why would a prominent scientist/global warming activist commit acts of fraud and theft against global warming skeptics and then send to the media a forged document containing fictitious, over-the-top schemes that would embarrass skeptics? Answer: Because global warming activists cannot muster sufficient [...]
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The I’m-going-to-sell-books-if-I-have-to-buy-them-myself flash fiction challenge
If you’ve been following along for the last couple blog posts, then you know two things. First, yes, I am pimping my OLD SCHOOL collection with the relentlessly solipsistic rapaciosness usually reserved for politicians on the stump. Second, I’d never written any short fiction until I ran into my first flash fiction challenge. So what better way to mark the release of OLD SCHOOL, many of the the st



Episode 219 – Three Debates That Will Blow Your Mind
Debates help us to better understand what it is we believe and why we believe it. Occasionally, they even change our minds. Join us today on The Corbett Report podcast as we explore three debates that will make you think. For those with limited bandwidth, CLICK HERE to download a smaller, lower file size version of this episode. For those interested in audio quality, CLICK HERE for the highest-qua
Corbett Report Radio 077 – Philosophical Explorations
The unexamined life is not worth living, so tonight on the broadcast we dip into the corbettreport.com archives for some philosophical conversations on a wide range of subjects, from the conspiracy of the spectacle to the philosophy of education to the problem of uncertainty in science. Works Cited: Clare Swinney interviews James Corbett Douglas Lain on abundant cities, situationism, and the consp
Corbett Report Radio 076 – 1000 Words and Food World Order
James takes your calls and goes over some news headlines in the first half of the show. Then James Evan Pilato of FoodWorldOrder.com joins us to discuss all the latest news from the world of food, environment, and health. Works Cited: The People Don’t Know Their True Power (picture) David Headley, Tahawwur Rana extradition may be difficult under 1997 treaty Bill Gates: We Need Genetically Modified
Interview 468 – Eric Shine on the Rules of the Game
Eric Shine of MartialLaw911.com joins us to talk about his ongoing court case, currently in the 9th circuit court of appeals. We discuss the background and developments in the Coast Guard-initiated proceedings against him and the attempt to label him medically mentally incompetent, and we talk about how the rules of his case have been rewritten even as the proceedings were already underway.
Interview 467 – Nick Wright on Suing the Toronto G20 Police
Nick Wright, President of Geopoliticalmonitor.com, joins us to discuss his lawsuit against the Toronto police for their unlawful arrest of him during the 2010 G20 summit. We discuss the background and context of what happened at the Toronto G20 and how people can stand up for their rights in an age of increasing police state measures.


Top Obama Officials Assigned to Take On Meat Monopolies Quit in Frustration
Congress' Continued Backing of Big Ag Stymies Govt Efforts to Support Small Farmers and Ranchers
Public Outcry Compels Amazon.com to Pull Whale Products from Site
Retail Giant’s Japanese Subsidiary Was Selling 147 Food Products Made from Cetaceans, Including Endangered Whales


How the GOP Primary Became A Contest Among America’s Rich Drunk Uncles
Gawker-  By Mobutu Sese Seko Feb 23, 2012  2:05 PM The after effects of the Citizens United ruling shouldn’t shock anyone. Corporations were granted the ability to spend ungodly sums on campaigns, and guess what they’re doing? They’re spending ungodly sums on campaigns. There is one byproduct of this mess, though, that is unintentionally fun to observe: Americans get to watch billionaires hijack
The Gang That Couldn’t Bomb Straight
Robert Scheer | TruthDig | February 23, 2012 Here we go again. With the economy showing faint signs of life and their positions on the social issues alienating most moderates, the leading Republican candidates, with the exception of Ron Paul, have returned to the elixir of warmongering to once again sway the gullible masses. The race to the bottom has been set by Newt Gingrich, the most desperate
Karen Handel, Susan G. Komen Executive, Quits Over Planned Parenthood Dispute
Huff Post- Posted: 2/7/12  |  Updated: 2/7/12 By- Laura Bassett Karen Handel, vice president for public affairs at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, resigned on Tuesday following public outcry over the announcement Komen would pull funding from Planned Parenthood. After Komen reversed its decision, The Huffington Post reported that Handel drove the decision to defund Planned Parenthood over abortion p
With Economy Improving, Obama Would Beat Romney: Poll
WASHINGTON | Mon Feb 6, 2012 2:32pm EST (Reuters) – President Barack Obama – bolstered by a stronger economic outlook and recent job growth – would win in a match-up against the two leading Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, a poll on Monday showed. A Washington Post-ABC News survey of 1,000 adults found that, for the first time, Obama’s prospects have brightened ag
Poll: By Large Margins, Americans Trust Obama Over Romney To Handle Foreign Affairs And Terrorism
Think Progress- By Ben Armbruster  on Feb 6, 2012 at 10:15 am Out on the campaign trail and in debates, Mitt Romney has tried to paint President Obama as a ineffective commander-in-chief. The former Massachusetts governor regularly says things like the President is “weak” or that he “went around the world and apologized for America” — an assertion the Washington Post said was “based on distortion


All human life is there (or, no further comment necessary)..
The paper features new columnists, including model Katie Price and chef Heston Blumenthal, Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, "fashion expert" Nancy Dell'Olio and political writer Toby Young.
Somalia: a dangerous moment.
It's Thursday, it's London, so it must be the Somalian conference. Having previously not been the slightest bit interested in this most benighted of hell holes, instead leaving it to the Americans to occasionally blunder in, it was curious to learn yesterday that we too are now looking at the possibility of sending guided missiles into yet another poor Muslim state. The leader of the transitiona

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Why Internal Elements Target ISI?
By Sajjad Shaukat At this critical juncture, while Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is countering the sinister designs of secret agencies like American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad which have continuously been supporting suicide attacks, target-killings, abductions, bomb blasts etc. in Pakistan, it is most regrettable that without knowing the ground realities and services of this agency, ju
Dangerous Consequences of Attacking Iran
By Sajjad Shaukat Very tension arose between Iran and the US-led EU which imposed tough sanctions against Tehran in January this year, which included a freeze of the country’s central bank assets and an oil embargo set to begin in July. These sanctions are part of Western efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear programme, which the West says is aimed at developing atomic weapons. While Iranian leadershi
Indian Attempt to Entrap Saudi Arabia
By Sajjad Shaukat Pakistan’s media is so engaged in indicating various issues,  threatening the security of the country that very important news about the Indian Defence Minister AK Antony’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia went unnoticed. It is of particular attention that it was the first visit of any Indian defence minister to Saudi Arabia. However, on February 13, Indian Defence Minister AK Antony

Did You Know

Bush, Fed, Europe Banks in $15 Trillion Fraud, All Documented
LORD JAMES OF BLACKHEATH, EXPOSING “TRILLION DOLLAR TERROR” Feb 21 2012 By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor ———————- Below is one of the strangest stories in financial history, one involving the US government lying about hundreds of thousands of tons of imaginary gold, illegal wire transfers and loans totaling $15 trillion.  The video, from the House of Lords, is amazing in itself.  What it doesn’t exp

Texas Liberal

Respecting Women & Pro-Life Policies For Texas Republicans Involves Forced Sonograms And Denying Cancer Screenings
In Virginia a forced sonogram bill in which the state would be permitted to violate women against their will has been stopped. However, here in Texas–despite all the tough talk about intrusive government– such a law is already on the books. From the Texas Tribune— “The original Virginia bill that garnered so much national outrage required doctors to perform a sonogram in advance of the abortion, u
Occupy Houston Protest On Tuesday 2/28 For The 99% And For Free Expression
There will be an Occupy Houston Protest this upcoming Tuesday, 2/28. The focus of the protest is the ongoing national official repression of the Occupy Wall Street movement. This protest will address specifically events in Houston as detailed below. Here is the Occupy Houston website.  There is also an Occupy Houston Facebook page. Here is Occupy Wall Street. Here are details of this event— Stop
Call Back Yesterday And Bid Time Return
Above is a gravestone I took a picture of last week in Houston. I like the rawness of the thought expressed on the marker. On my Facebook, Jennifer Peebles, Deputy Editor of the Texas Watchdog, said the text on the stone was a line from Shakespeare’s Richard III. Jennifer was correct. I had no idea. Here is a list of notable lines from Richard III. 


Wanted: Climate-Smart Agriculture
As the links between food security and climate change become increasingly inextricable, the necessity for sustainable agriculture is now a universal concern.


Worth Saying Again
The judgement of the US intelligence community and others in the government is that Iran does not have a current nuclear weapons program.Also, they don't have missiles that can reach the US and aren't likely to for several years at the earliest. Israel pulled this one out of their, um, hat this week to try to drum up support for - what? Even more sanctions? War? Dan Murphy points out that this kin

Reflections of an Aging Leftist
Last night, I took my son to a movie, The Secret World of Arrietty. To see it, we had to go to a multiplex at the Arden Fair Mall. Now, I rarely go to a mall at anytime of year other than just before Christmas, so it is always a small culture shock for me. I was surprised to be among so many people at night, even though, by mall standards, it was semi-deserted, because I am invariably home with


I’m standing for election to the City of Edinburgh Council
I mentioned this in my previous post, but I might as well make a formal announcement here: I’m standing for election to Edinburgh Council — obviously as a Pirate Party candidate — in the Meadows/Morningside ward. The election is on Thursday 3rd of May 2012. Want to know if you live in the ward? There’s a map here, or a bigger PDF map from the council.
Edinburgh’s cultural life is under threat
The cultural life of Edinburgh is under serious threat due to changes to Public Entertainment Licenses. These proposed changes will impose new fees and place an unworkable administrative burden on free admission arts centres and grassroots cultural initiatives across the country. This will affect visual art, music, performance, community and charity-led events and many other forms of public event.

Syria Comment

Friends of Syria Meeting in Tunis Accused of “inactivity”
The Friends of Syria meeting in Tunis is a “challenge” to Assad, not an “ultimatum”, US officials are saying. This means that it will be another exercise in raising the rhetorical bar of condemnation against Syria but will probably not do much damage to the regime or rescue the Syrian opposition in Homs. The Saudi delegation has pulled out of the conference, accusing it of “inactivity.” Representa
“The Syrian Uprising of 2011: Why the Asad Regime is Likely To Survive to 2013,” by Joshua Landis in MEP
We are pleased to offer members of the press a preview of an article by Joshua Landis from the upcoming Spring 2012 journal Middle East Policy titled “The Syrian Uprising of 2011: Why the Asad Regime is Likely To Survive to 2013.” Click here to read the full article. Dr. Landis (University of Oklahoma, Center for Middle East Studies & Editor, Syria Comment) believes that the regime’s chances

FTL Neutrinos: Closing In on a Solution
The news that the faster-than-light neutrino results announced to such widespread interest by the OPERA collaboration have now been explained has been spreading irresistibly around the Internet. But the brief piece in ScienceInsider that broke the news was stretching a point with a lead reading “Error Undoes Faster-Then-Light Neutrino Results.” For when you read the story, you see that a fiber opt
M-Dwarfs: A New and Wider Habitable Zone
I want to work a new paper on red dwarf habitability in here because it fits in so well with yesterday’s discussion of the super-Earth GJ1214b. The latter orbits an M-dwarf in Ophiuchus that yields a hefty 1.4 percent transit depth, meaning scientists have a strong lightcurve to work with as they examine this potential ‘waterworld.’ In transit terms, red dwarfs, much smaller and cooler than the Su

Obsidian Wings

Your Eucharist friday open thread
by liberal japonicus Sort of. Santorum's Catholicism (and his lack of catholicism) came up when we were talking about Romney and Mormon support of immigration, so I'm pleased to share this pic that I took yesterday in Fukuoka's Hakata center. This is wine that is supposed to be suited for particular bloodtypes. It's common in Japan to believe that blood types (sans Rh factors, whi

Forgetting the Past, One Military Movie at a Time
When philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," he meant it as an admonition--not as an endorsement of mass amnesia or historical revision. This should be obvious. Yet those operating at the shadowy intersection of the Pentagon and Hollywood either don't understand--or, more likely, refuse to understand--the thrust of the aphorism. Instead,


WWF welcomes China’s green credit guidelines
Beijing, China – The green credit guidelines issued today by the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) provide a leading regulatory framework in green lending, says WWF, the global conservation organization. "This is a transformative development for China. The guidelines, which apply to both national and overseas credit by Chinese financial institutions, acknowledge the essential role of th
WWF calls for total ban on set nets in rare dolphins’ range
Wellington, New Zealand - WWF-New Zealand today reiterated calls on the Government to ban set net fishing throughout Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins’ habitat, to prevent more dolphins dying needlessly in nets. The call came as two Hector's dolphins were reported killed by the illegal use of set nets within a sanctuary for the endangered species[1]. WWF-New Zealand’s Marine Programme Manager Rebecca


Political Parties on Social Media
Recently, I have observed increased activity from political activists on social media, especially on Facebook and Twitter. Jamaat-e-Islami and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf have especially been seen to report all political activities and developments for their followers and critics. Currently, even PML N seems to encourage participation in political discussions, 16 posts have been added within past 24


Question of the Day
Why is self-determination an inalienable right for the people of the Falklands, but a gross example of Iranian meddling for the people of Bahrain? Answers on a postcard please with a twenty pound note and framed photo of William Hague to Wars’R'Us, Oil and Armaments Ltd, House of Lords.
Truth Sneaks Out
“Afghan civilians frequently prefer Taliban governance over GIRoA [the Afghan government], usually as a result of government corruption, ethnic bias and lack of connection with local religious and tribal leaders”. That is a direct quote from a NATO report. This blog has been telling you for six years that the Afghan government rigged its elections, is enormously corrupt, full of warlords and dee
Honours Among Thieves
Personally I don’t care if he is called His Holy Magnificence Viceroy Goodwin of the Water of Leith. The Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Battenberg familiy three times offered to honour me (LVO, OBE and CVO) and three times I politely refused. I did not think my worth as an individual would be enhanced by being covered in bling by Greco-German midgets. Come to think of it, German Liz has been subsidising Gr
Joint Enterprise on Torture
The law is not blind in this country – “joint enterprise” is used almost exclusively against young black men. But I can see no reason why the principle of joint enterpirse should not apply equally to those who set the policy under which people were rendered to be tortured in Libya, rather than merely to the security service functionaries who carried out the policy. In my reading of joint enterpr
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