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Monday, March 19, 2012

19 March - My Feedly

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JoNova: Science, carbon, climate and tax
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Dying in Haiti
Centauri Dreams
Northern Reflections


  1. Center for Media and Democracy
    One of the most extreme proposals yet in a recent spate of attacks on women’s reproductive health comes out of Arizona. American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Arizona State Chair, Rep. Debbie Lesko (R), is sponsoring a new bill that allows employers to pry into the sexual life of female employees. Arizona’s ALEC Leader Wants Your Boss to Make Decisions About Your Contraception Coverage | Center f like
  2. Carl Gardlund
  3. CommonDreams.org
    It will not end itself. It must be halted by those who oppose it. The Unstoppable Legacy of the War on Terror like
  4. Dr. Joseph Mercola
    The wonders of probiotics! Researchers found that the probiotic strain Saccharomyces boulardii KK1 can help reverse celiac disease. Gluten induces coeliac-like disease in sensitised... like
  5. Smirking Chimp
    Mike Whitney in today's Chimp: "If you asked 10 people why they think oil prices are rising, you'd probably get 10 different answers. Some believe the price-hikes can be attributed to the shutting down of refineries across the US. Others think that we're at the beginning of Peak Oil. Still others believe that prices are being manipulated by Wall Street speculators who're gaming the futures markets. Lastly, there are those who think that geopolitical tensions are the main reason that crude prices continue to climb higher." The Daily Chimp for Monday, 19 March 2012 | The Smirking Chimp like
  6. RT
    SWIFT Reaction Iran 'will retaliate', closing Hormuz Strait like
  7. NaturalNews.com
    Groundbreaking new interview with Dr. Russell Blaylock, where he exposes vaccine "science" fraud and issues a public challenge to the vaccine pushers to inject *themselves* with all the vaccines they are pushing onto children! http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=DFBE7C32CBDBF43B7342333B7D827EB0 Dr. Russell Blaylock interview on mandatory vaccine trials, fraudulent vaccine science, and vaccine. like
  8. Reader Supported News
  9. Truthout
    In case you missed it, be sure to read J.A. Myerson's first-hand account of Saturday's brief re-occupation of Zuccotti Park by Occupy Wall St. Share this story if you agree the NYPD were sending the message: "prepare for a violent spring." Re-Occupation and Police Raid of Zuccotti Park Set Tone for Radical Spring like
  10. Al Jazeera English
    Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of most of Egypt's Christians, lost to a long battle with lung and liver problems. The Copts are mourning his passing amid continuing sectarian tension. What does this mean for their future? Will Shenouda's death divide Egypt's Copts? like
  11. Reader Supported News
  12. Institute for Southern Studies
    A groundbreaking investigation into anti-corruption mechanisms in all 50 states finds that several states in the South are at particularly high risk for corruption -- and none in the region are among the top grade-earners for corruption protections. Southern states among those at highest risk for corruption | The Institute for Southern Studies like
  13. Freethoughtblogs.com
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Food World Order: Episode013 – Cancer Cola, Hunger Games
audio/notes: http://ur1.ca/8q073 On Thursday nights, Media Monarchy joins Corbett Report Radio live on Republic Broadcasting to go over all the latest stories from the world of food, environment and health. This week’s menu features Cancer Cola, Hunger Games and more… Thanks as always to Morgan Lesko of WikiWorldOrder for hosting this video on his YouTube page.
Interview 482 – The International Forecaster with Bob Chapman
This week on The International Forecaster with Bob Chapman we discuss: the EU collapse and world government, the people’s resistance to the New World Order, the left-cover green version of totalitarian world government, and the Eurasian power bloc that is forming as a potential counterbalance to the world hegemony of NATO. We also discuss the latest moves in the gold and silver markets.


“Conspiracy theorist” – just another form of namecalling from the class who want to be Global Rulers
“Conspiracy Theorist” – the taunt you use when you want to “win” the debate without having to argue your point. When someone points out that the Regulating Class want to bring on a world government, they’re called a “conspiracy theorist”. When the king-pins of the Regulating Class, or their media apostles, actually admit they rather love the idea of a world government, where are the retractions?
Pandemonium at MO GOP Caucus as Party Leaders Seen Attempting to Steal It From Paul Supporters
This is just amazing. At yesterday's GOP caucus in St. Charles, MO --- one of the largest and most conservative counties in the state --- the Republican establishment is seen blatantly attempting to steal the caucus from supporters of Ron Paul. As the caucus was prematurely shut down before a vote, with state police called in, no delegates were elected at what "was to have been the biggest single
The Holistic Orchard Wins American Horticultural Society Book Award!
Each year, the American Horticultural Society recognizes outstanding gardening books published in North America with its annual Book Award. Nominated books are judged by the AHS Book Award Committee in qualities such as writing style, authority, accuracy, and physical quality. The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way by Michael Phillips was one of [...]

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Professor Yukio Hayakawa takes a walk in Fukushima City, 16 March 2012
Fukushima City at EveryTrail By arevamirpal::laprimavera 16 March 2012 Professor Yukio Hayakawa was armed with 4 different radiation survey meters. One of the reasons he went to Fukushima was apparently to test the survey meters and compare the readings. The entire walk took 7 hours yesterday, says Hayakawa in his tweet, nothing compared to mountain climbing. (He's a volcanologist.) 4.164 microsi
Ethiopia and Eritrea: At it Again…And No One Seems to Care
Despite a normally watchful eye on the events of the African continent, the UN Security Council has been silent in recent days on a recent flare-up in tensions on the Horn. One of the few conflicts to earn the title “intractable”, Ethiopia and Eritrea have been mortal enemies since the latter gained its independence from the former in 1993. Following the split, the two fought a lengthy border war
Economic Inequality, Democracy and Inferential Sand Castles
One of the most important and influential research programs in comparative politics in my professional lifetime depends on data that are, in my view, far too flimsy to support the inferential edifices we keep trying to build with them. read more


The Deplorax
My review of The Lorax (with apologies to Dr. Seuss)
“The Lorax” Marketing Campaign Misses the Forest AND the Trees
Mazda’s SUV Sales Pitch a Classic Case of Corporate Co-optation

Food World Order: Episode013 – Cancer Cola, Hunger Games
audio/notes: http://ur1.ca/8q073 On Thursday nights, Media Monarchy joins Corbett Report Radio live on Republic Broadcasting to go over all the latest stories from the world of food, environment and health. This week’s menu features Cancer Cola, Hunger Games and more… Thanks as always to Morgan Lesko of WikiWorldOrder for hosting this video on his YouTube page.
Interview 482 – The International Forecaster with Bob Chapman
This week on The International Forecaster with Bob Chapman we discuss: the EU collapse and world government, the people’s resistance to the New World Order, the left-cover green version of totalitarian world government, and the Eurasian power bloc that is forming as a potential counterbalance to the world hegemony of NATO. We also discuss the latest moves in the gold and silver markets.
Corbett Report Radio 088 – The Canadian Action Party with Christopher Porter
Christopher Porter of the Canadian Action Party joins us tonight to discuss the political landscape in Canada. We take your calls, talk about the Canadian banking system and the threats to Canadian sovereignty, and talk about what Canadians and activists around the world can do to change the system.
Stratfor and the Privatization of Intelligence
by James Corbett BoilingFrogsPost.com 13 March, 2012 Late last year, hackers with the anonymous hacking group LulzSec raided the servers of Strategic Forecasting, Inc., or Stratfor, a private intelligence company in Austin, Texas, coming away with some 5 million emails. Last month, Wikileaks began publishing the emails as “The Global Intelligence Files” to much fanfare. Significant revelations hav
The Legacy of Fukushima – Dr. Helen Caldicott on GRTV
One year on from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan’s northeast, details continue to emerge about how the crisis was much worse than the government and TEPCO originally let on. Joining us to discuss the legacy of Fukushima is Helen Caldicott, a physician, author and radio host who has spoken out for decades about the deadly effects of nuclear radiation.
Corbett Report Radio 087 – Exposing the Black Genocide with Rev. Clenard Childress
Tonight we talk to Rev. Clenard Childress, Jr. of BlackGenocide.org about the devastation that abortion has wrought in the African-American community, in which 52% of pregnancies now end in abortion. We examine the eugenics-inspired roots of the American Birth Control League and how that ideology has been carried over into the current day and age by the modern-day eugenicsts. Works Cited: BlackGen


Dems See ‘Ammunition’ Against Wall Street In Goldman Resignation
The Hill By Peter Schroeder - 03/18/12 05:30 AM ET Democrats have co-opted a fiery resignation letter from a Goldman Sachs employee to argue for rigid rules on the financial sector. Lawmakers say the letter from Greg Smith, published in The New York Times, is evidence that the reforms Congress passed in the wake of the financial crisis should be strictly implemented. “This is ammunition for our a
‘The Road We’ve Traveled’ Documentary @ 8:00 PM ET – TONIGHT!
The Road We’ve Traveled is screening TONIGHT at 8pm ET. You can view it live at: www.barackobama.com Starting 8pm David Axelrod will also be answering questions live. To submit a question, just use the hashtag #RoadTraveled on twitter.
Mitt Romney: ‘I Made A Lot Of Money’ But Appeal To All Income Levels
The Huffington Post Elise Foley Posted: 03/14/2012  3:59 pm Mitt Romney became testy on Wednesday when discussing his appeal to lower-income voters, quibbling with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly after she said he is struggling with voters who make less than $100,000 per year. “No, no, no, no — we don’t win a million more votes than anyone else in this race by just appealing to high-income Americans,” he s
Super PAC Backlash: Washington Post/ABC News Poll Says 69% Of Voters Want Groups Outlawed
Huff Post  By Benjamin Hart Posted: 03/13/2012  3:31 pm Updated: 03/13/2012  7:24 pm A new Washington Post/ABC News poll found that super PACs, the political organizations that allow donors to contribute unlimited amounts of money in support of candidates, are extremely unpopular among American voters. The poll, conducted among registered voters from March 7-10, found that 69 percent of voters wa
Gas Prices: Obama Strikes Back At GOP Critics On Fuel Costs
By ANNE GEARAN  03/10/12 06:03 AM ET WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is hitting back at Republican criticism of his energy policies and his role in controlling gasoline prices. Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to underscore his administration’s work to develop alternative energy sources and increase fuel efficiency. “I’m going to keep doing everything I can to help y
Sarah Palin Says President Obama Wants America To Go Back To The Way It Was Before The Civil War
March 9, 2012 Addicting Info-  By Stephen D. Foster Jr. During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity that President Obama wants America to be as it is was before the Civil War. This comment was part of an overall conservation about the not-so controversial “secret” Breitbart tape of a college age President Obama introducing Professor Derek Bell at a Harvard rally.


To every time there is a season
by Doctor Science Two seasonal or timely observations: A rare event: a Titan Arum flower opened yesterday at Cornell University: The bloom begins to open on Sunday, March 18, 2012. You can follow the flower's brief but pungent life via livestreamed video. They'll probably try to pollinate it sometime this morning. Meanwhile, far, far, FAR away ... Antarctic Sue is starting her fourth winter
by Doctor Science While following up some of the points raised in comments to the previous post, I learned something new (to me) about human reproduction. I figure if it's new to me, it's probably new to a lot of (most?) other people, too. And it really A woman doesn't get pregnant when she has sex. She doesn't even conceive when she has sex.[1] ... At least, if by "when" you mean "the same nig
What do you do?
by liberal japonicus I found the arrest of George Clooney and the Jason Russell 'meltdown' (the Guardian's headline, not mine, so I'm not sure if it's the best way to describe it, but I'm at a loss for any other term) an interesting juxtaposition. Jason Russell, in case you didn't know, was the head of the charity that did the viral Kony and the Lord's Resistance Ar

The Gift of Giving
Back in my youth, before thumbs were essential for home entertainment, some of us played a board game called Chutes and Ladders, where you could zoom way up and down the board, depending on where your piece landed after rolling the dice. Arms control isn’t like that. Big gains only happen when confident, courageous, risk-taking negotiating partners appear. This happens maybe once in a lifetime. Mo


UK teenager arrested for anti-war Facebook post
  March 17, 2012 A British teenager has been arrested and is expected to appear in a UK court after he posted about the injustice of the occupation of Afghanistan on his Facebook page. Following the death s of six UK soldiers in Afghanistan earlier this month, Azhar Ahmed from Ravensthrope left his comment on the social networking site in order to indicate the hypocrisy of praising the UK soldiers
“Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue Part Three
Time for a new page Be sure to check Part one and two “Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue “Canada”Trouble in Toryland: their Dirty Tricks catalogue Part Two Documents to be Procured/Search Warrant by Elections Canada as pertaining to Racknine Harpers hit list This is not about the Harper  but it is important. It is about a Conservative in Alberta. Seem a few have gotten paid


A New Goethe Needed
The Peacock Throne of the Mughal Emperors was set at the heart of beautiful gardens, fountains and elegant courtyards. Poetry was as important to them as warfare. On the throne was set the inscription: “If there be heaven on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.” I am in Dubai. If there be hell on earth, it is here, it is here, it is here. Dubai. The land that taste forgot. Apparently d


With apologies to George Orwell.
Benjamin felt a nose nuzzling at his shoulder. He looked round. It was Clover. Her old eyes looked dimmer than ever. Without saying anything, she tugged gently at his mane and led him round to the end of the big barn, where the Seven Commandments were written. For a minute or two they stood gazing at the tatted wall with its white lettering."My sight is failing," she said finally. "Even when I was
Life as a dictator isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Everything you could have expected to be said about the supposed Assad emails very kindly provided to the Graun by the Syrian opposition has duly been said. At one end of the scale there's the obvious but not cliched banality of evil references, while at the other there's the most definitely cliched allusions to fiddling while burning and letting them eat cake. If anything, as Peter Beaumont has
Aldous Huxley was right. Sort of.
The quote from Aldous Huxley at the top of this page is, unsurprisingly, not one I fully subscribe to. He did though have a point, and while we can hardly blame inventors and designers for how their creations are subsequently used by our far from good selves, it's not so long back that we wouldn't have so many inconsequential things shoved down our throats due to the technology involved not exist
The falsity and ritual of the "essential" relationship.
Much of politics is thoroughly pointless. The centre point of our parliamentary democracy, prime minister's questions, is a weekly exercise in miserable theatre, the very lowest rhetoric (you knifed your brother in the back!) and planted feeble jibes at the opposite party. On occasion some very worthy causes are raised but these are always dealt with behind the scenes, if at all. Similarly, you


St Hilda's at the Oxford Literary Festival
As in previous years, The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, which begins this weekend, will include a set of events organized by St Hilda's College. These are scheduled for Saturday week, 31 March. I have two reasons for highlighting them. The first is as the proud husband of WotN, better known as Adèle Geras. Adèle is an alumna of St. Hilda's, where indeed she used to hang out when we first
Twitter or Facebook?
Yesterday I asked people whether they had a preference as between Twitter and Facebook. I asked this on Twitter itself and on my Facebook page. I won't need to tell anyone that it wasn't any kind of scientific survey; it was merely a sounding of opinion among those who caught me asking the question and wanted to reply. All the same, as I did ask, I feel I should oblige those who responded and publ
Two centuries for India at Old Trafford
This is a cricket memory in two parts: the first part I saw with my own eyes; the second part I didn't see, but you will soon understand why I include it here today. The game was the second Test between England and India at Old Trafford in 1990. England had won the first Test at Lord's by 247 runs; it was the game in which Graham Gooch made 333 and 123. Then, winning the toss at Old Trafford and
The difference between atheism and agnosticism
In a debate in Oxford, Richard Dawkins appears to have caused some surprise by saying that he wasn't absolutely certain of the non-existence of God. The assumption of his interlocurors was that in that case he should describe himself as an agnostic rather than an atheist. I think this way of conceptualizing atheism and agnosticism respectively is mistaken: atheism doesn't require certain
Two states of mind on the one-state solution
A top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has now said that wiping Israel off the map isn't an aim of Iran in a military sense. Haaretz reports that Mohammad Javad Larijani made this clear in speaking to CNN:The top Iranian official... referred to the recently cited comment by [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad, in which he stated Israel must be "wiped off the map," saying
Desperately speaking stable marriage
Sorry to be returning to the issue yet again, but those who aren't interested can always just skip this post. I am bowled over by how opponents of gay marriage are willing to defy the simplest demands of logic in presenting their case. The latest in the line is William Rees-Mogg in today's Times. It is perhaps not strictly accurate to classify him as an opponent, since he ends his column b


Braking Against a Stellar Wind
This morning I want to pick up on the ‘problem of arrival’ theme I began writing about on Friday, and we’ll look at interstellar deceleration issues a good bit this week. But I can’t let Monday start without reference to the Icarus results from Gran Sasso that finds neutrinos traveling at precisely the speed of light. All of this adds credence to the growing belief that the earlier Opera experimen
Starships: The Problem of Arrival
You wouldn’t think that slowing down a starship would be the subject of a totally engrossing novel, but that’s the plot device in Poul Anderson’s Tau Zero (1970, though based on a 1967 short story called “To Outlive Eternity”). Anderson’s ramscoop starship, the Leonora Christine, can’t slow down because of damage suffered in mid-cruise. Edging ever closer to the speed of light, the crew experience
WISE: Into the Infrared Sky
As promised, we now have the infrared sky at a new level of detail thanks to the labors of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, which has now mapped (with a few slight glitches) more than half a billion objects, from galaxies to stars to asteroids and comets. We can now expect a new wave of papers from the more than 2.7 million images WISE has delivered at four infrared waveleng
Thoughts on Antihydrogen and Propulsion
Normally when we talk about interstellar sail concepts, we’re looking at some kind of microwave or laser beaming technologies of the kind Robert Forward wrote about, in which the sail is driven by a beam produced by an installation in the Solar System. Greg and Jim Benford have carried out sail experiments in the laboratory showing that microwave beaming could indeed drive such a sail. But Steven
Looking Into Kepler’s Latest
I’ve held off a bit on the latest Kepler data release because I wanted some time to ponder what we’re looking at. The list of candidate planets here is based on data from the first sixteen months of the mission, and at first blush it seems encouraging in terms of our search for Earth-class planets. But dig deeper and you realize how much we still have to learn. Not all the trends point to the near
Upcoming Interstellar Sessions
It’s shaping up to be an interesting week. I want to get to the recent Kepler data release, and also to the antimatter news from CERN, and I also want to talk about everything from decelerating an interstellar craft to models of expansion into the galaxy a la Frank Tipler. [And thanks to Centauri Dreams reader Eric Goldstein for reminding me of the upcoming WISE data release on the 14th!]. For tod

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Will Catholic Bishops Be GOP Pawns?
The GOP's base consists of five key constituencies bound together by a sense of being under siege -- culturally, economically, religiously or demographically. The first is the "silent generation" of seniors who preceded the Baby Boomers. Within their adult lifetimes, they've witnessed transformations in gender and racial relations, in attitudes about homosexuality and abortion, and in many other
The Banality of Corporate Evil
Were it not a matter of life and death, it would be amusing to watch the Supreme Court contort itself--and the Constitution--in slavish fealty to Corporate America. In June, the Court's Republican majority is expected to rule that, under international law, corporations are not people. And as such they cannot be held responsible for their complicity in the gross abuse of human rights. On February
The Layer Ploy
Of all the political tactics used to protect business interests, none is as powerful as the layer ploy—the one in which an ugly corporate giveaway is hidden one layer beneath something popular. It's the oldest trick in the book: Offer up Mom and apple pie, and few are likely to notice the noxious serving plate. Whether it's a lobbyist-written trade deal lurking beneath a bill extending unemployme
Utah’s New Abortion Waiting Game
Last week, the Utah state legislature passed a bill that requires any person seeking an abortion to undergo a "waiting period" of 72 hours between getting a consultation from an abortion provider and having the procedure itself. The measure triples the standard 24-hour waiting period. Ironically, it took only 53 seconds for legislators to debate whether or not to force women to spend such a long t
Ron Paul’s Common Sense
It is worth listening to the GOP primary debates to hear Ron Paul give an honest assessment of our foreign policy. At the February 22 debate in Mesa, Ariz., Paul made an eloquent case against our endless wars. First, he made the moral case: "I believe in the Christian just war theory," Paul said. "Preventative wars are aggressive wars." Then he made the economic case:"We've spent $4 trillion of d
Mutually Assured Madness
In terms of nuclear nonproliferation, the West's clash with Iran over its nuclear program appears to make sense. But once one peels back the layers of rhetoric surrounding the West's demands, our real priority seems to be regime change. Those opposed to an unnecessary war with Iran are thus faced with two complicated challenges: First, to debunk the manufactured hysteria over Iranian nuclear acti


In Virginia, The State Stops Just Short Of Rape—In Texas, State-Mandated Rape Is The Law
Below is a recent headline from a story in The Economist. McDonnell’s not-so-magic wand—Accusations of medical rape dog Virginia’s accident -prone governor  (Above–Bob McDonnell. Photo by Gage Skidmore.)  The story was about the effort to allow state-mandated rape in Virginia with a forced-sonogram bill for women seeking a legally protected abortion. People in Virginia saw that this was rape and
Mayor Parker And City Of Houston Considering A Third Restriction On The Homeless In Nine Months—Criminalizing Sharing
A broad cross-section of Houston is opposing Mayor Annise Parker’s proposal that would criminalize some acts of sharing food with the homeless in Houston. Below is a list of groups and community leaders that oppose this measure— American Rights Association • Casa Juan Diego • Casa de la Fuente • Central Canaan Christian Church • Christ the Servant Lutheran Church • Dominican Sisters of Houston • E
In Addition To Being State-Mandated Rape, The Texas Forced Sonogram Law Is About Humiliation—Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up
At the end of this post you will find the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers working for a better Texas. With the round-up this week is an account  from the Texas Observer about the new Texas forced sonogram law. The Texas forced sonogram law is many instances state-mandated
I Like The People My Friends Have Become—Every Day Has Value
On my recent visit home to Cincinnati, I met up with a number of friends. In some cases I took their pictures. These are the pictures you see above. I met some of these folks in the 1980′s. Two I have met since I left Cincinnati in 1998. Strong and long-lasting relationships make us better able to deal with the hardships of life. Also–if we pay attention– these relationships provide us with con
Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Rally For The Health Of All Texans On 3/12—All People Are Connected
There will be a March 12 rally at Planned Parenthood in Houston to protest the drastic and unwarranted cuts for the health care needs of so many Texans. And don’t forget the Texas forced sonogram law which many see—correctly in my view—as a form of state-mandated rape. Below are details of the March 12 event. What I have posted is a Planned Parenthood press release that I received. The only regret
Nothing Wrong With Some Guidance To Help Get Us Where We Are Going
There is nothing wrong with asking for some guidance to help us get we are going. Here is the air traffic control tower in Houston as seen from the airplane I was on 3 days ago. I had just landed. Here is some history of air traffic control.

Caribbean Mobilises Funds for Ten-Year Climate Plan
Failure to adapt to climate change will derail the development aspirations of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom), researchers warn, siphoning off an average of five percent of 2004 gross domestic product regionwide by 2025.
Q&A: Expo 2012 to Focus on Protecting World's Marine Resources
The United Nations, which is hosting a major international summit on the global environment in Brazil in late June, points out that while the world's oceans account for 70 percent of the earth's surface, only one percent of this area is protected.
‘Green Morocco Plan' Fails to Confront Climate Change
An unprecedented cold spell that struck Morocco in February and continues to linger well into March has raised serious questions about the country's national agricultural development programme, which will fail to achieve its desired results if climate change continues to be mismanaged.
As the Dust Settles on the Limpopo River
Chapita Ramovha remembers the days when the Limpopo River lapped at the foot of his village in south Zimbabwe. He says that back then residents of Makakavhule village had to build high walls to protect their homes from flooding. "The Limpopo River was a marvel to watch, a beauty of nature, a source of food and income for us who lived along it," the subsistence farmer recalls.
World Wind Power Climbs to New Record In 2011
Wind energy developers installed a record 41,000 megawatts of electricity-generating capacity in 2011, bringing the world total to 238,000 megawatts.
Anguilla Battles a Shrinking Coastline
When Hurricane Luis, a category four storm, lashed the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla on Sep. 4, 1995, its forceful waves eroded all of the beaches, leaving vast areas of the shoreline carpeted with dead sea grass and debris torn from the coral reefs.

Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds SPLC’s Verdict Against Klan Leader
Ron Edwards has seen his once-sprawling Imperial Klans of America (IKA) dwindle to nearly nothing since the Southern Poverty Law Center won a $2.5 million verdict against him and a lieutenant in 2008. Now, Edwards sits in a federal prison on unrelated gun and drug charges. This week, he got more bad news. The Kentucky [...]
Extremist Former SCV Commander’s Business Raided in Alleged Fraud
Yesterday evening, Secret Service agents raided former Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Commander Ron Wilson’s business. They seized silver, files and computers from Atlantic Bullion & Coin, according to the Anderson, S.C., Independent Mail. The agents also seized items from his daughter Alison Shaum’s business, which is located next door. Wilson is accused by the South [...]
Tennessee House Falls Victim to ‘Agenda 21′ Conspiracy Theory
Editor’s Note: The Tennessee House of Representatives passed the resolution condemning Agenda 21 by a vote of 72-23 on March 15. In a new sign of antigovernment extremism creeping into the political mainstream, the Tennessee House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on a resolution condemning Agenda 21, a non-binding United Nations plan for sustainable development. In the [...]
‘God Hates Fags’ Church Preparing Ad for Limbaugh Show
UPDATE: Late Thursday, Rachel Nelson, public relations director for Premiere Networks, said any ads from Westboro Baptist Church would be rejected. “Premiere Networks is not considering an offer of sponsorship from Westboro Baptist Church,” Nelson said in a message to Hatewatch sent from the company’s Sherman Oaks, Calif., headquarters. Guess who’s knocking on Rush Limbaugh’s door [...]
Extremist Who Once Led SCV Accused of Violating Securities Laws
Ron G. Wilson, a former national commander of the Southern heritage group Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) who appointed several extremists to the group’s governing boards and oversaw a purge of anti-racist members, has been accused by the South Carolina attorney general of defrauding investors in his company. A complaint made public Monday says Wilson [...]
Ugandan LGBT Group Sues Anti-Gay Activist Scott Lively
A gay rights group in Uganda filed suit today against longtime anti-gay activist Scott Lively, according to The New York Times. The lawsuit, filed by Sexual Minorities Uganda, claims that, beginning in 2002, Lively conspired with Ugandan political and religious leaders to increase anti-gay fervor in the country with warnings that gay men would sodomize [...]


When is the coalition going to crack?
Or will it survive until the May 2015 election? As I have mentioned I’m currently on holiday close to the Scottish border near Berwick and am not posting as much as usual. The fun-poll was created to help fill in during the afternoons. When will the coalition break-up? By the end of 2012 By the end of 2013 By the end of 2014 It will survive until the general election   
Sarkozy edges closer in next month’s French election
Should you be betting on the 3/1 incumbent? We are just over a month away from the first round of the French presidential election. Voting takes place on Sunday April 22nd with the final run-off of the top two scheduled for a fortnight later on May 6th – there days after the UK’s big elections. In the first round there are ten contenders and at one stage there was a question as to whether Sarkoz
Is ComRes right to discriminate against OTHERS?
Should there be a different test of their likelihood to vote? Thanks to Anthony Wells at UKPR for spotting this one – the latest voting intention poll for the Ios/Sunday Mirror embraces a new approach to weighting for likelihood to vote for the smaller parties. These include the BNP, UKIP and the Greens. Instead of the pollster’s standard adjustment based on including those rating themselves fro
Is Lansley about to be replaced by a Lib Dem?
S Telegraph Would this make health less toxic for the Tories? According to Patrick Hennessy in the Sunday Telegraph the long-awaited ministerial re-shuffle could take place this summer before the Olympics. One name being increasingly mentioned, and indeed is the favourite for the axe in the next cabinet exit markets, is the beleagured health secretary and Dave’s former close colleague at CCHQ, A
No Obama-boost for the Tories
LAB regain lead with ComRes online Labour has regained the lead in the ComRes poll for tomorrow’sIndependent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Con       37% (-2) Lab        40% (+2) LD          10% (-) On next week’s budget those sampled were  asked if people agreed or disagreed with eight options for George Osborne: Raise the starting point of income tax from £7,475 to £10,000 Agree: 81%


New Hanover Commissioners Legislate Morality
Politicol News - Politicol News Politics Online New Hanover Commissioners Legislate Morality In an attempt to legislate morality, North Carolina’s New Hanover County Health Department Commissioners decided to turn down free federal money for contraception. It is just a continuing example of another red state that is cutting off birth control to take more control out of women’s hands, and to promot
Romney and the Individual Mandate
Politicol News - Politicol News Politics Online Romney’s Health Care Bill celebrates its Sixth Anniversary on April 11, 2012 and it has been six years of all citizens of the State of Massachusetts living with and enjoying Romney’s health insurance plan.     At the signing Senator Ted Kennedy was looking over his shoulder to ensure he signed on the dotted line [...]You just finished reading Romney
Cord Blood Stem Cells Saving Lives in the UK
Politicol News - Politicol News Politics Online Cord Blood Stem Cells Saving Lives in the UK Parents who believe that one day science will get it right, are banking the umbilical cord stem cells of their babies just after birth. Instead of throwing out their babies precious stem cells that can heal their child, they are preserving those stem cells in stem [...]You just finished reading Cord Blood
Military Industrial Complex Keeps us in Afghanistan
Politicol News - Politicol News Politics Online Military Industrial Complex Keeps us in Afghanistan What’s the benefit of staying in Afghanistan? There is none, except for the large deposits of rare earth minerals that the US wishes to occupy as well. The recent slaughter by a US soldier who had a traumatic brain injury and was kept in the force based in [...]You just finished reading Military Ind
GOP Three Way Tie in the South
Politicol News - Politicol News Politics Online GOP Three Way Tie in the South The Southern primaries illustrated a recurring theme in the GOP Race for the White House and that is, Mitt Romney is rejected again and again across the board. The results in last night’s primary election results show that In Alabama: Santorum wins 35% of the vote Gingrich wins [...]You just finished reading GOP Three W
Liberal Ladies Holding Sex Strike -Access Denied
Politicol News - Politicol News Politics Online Liberal Ladies Holding Sex Strike -Access Denied The war on women continues and it is going to get a whole lot uglier now that the Liberal Ladies Who Lunch are declaring a Sex Strike on social media. It seems that retaliation against putting women back to the 1800′s barefoot and pregnant scenario is not going [...]You just finished reading Liberal La


Iraq: The Failed State We Made
On the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Ned Parker looks at our legacy there. It's not pretty. Nine years after U.S. troops toppled Saddam Hussein and just a few months after the last U.S. soldier left Iraq, the country has become something close to a failed state. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki presides over a system rife with corruption and brutality, in which political leaders use security
Syrian insurgency morphs into open warfare
Suicide bombers attacked secret service headquarters in Damascus and elsewhere. Dozens are dead. Russia is selling weapons to Syria while Gulf States are arming the rebels. The bombings probably were done by Islamic terrorists. They have the expertise. "They will move to an insurgency, of hit and run attacks and assassination. It will be more and more Islamicised, with people ready to sacrifice
The President's Executive Order on Defense Preparedness
I have just skimmed the Executive Order that Pres. Obama issued on Friday, asserting the POTUS's control over national resources for defense preparedness purposes, and my first thought is that the context for updating this longstanding federal law now might be health care reform and infrastructure. In other words, repairing and/or replacing crumbling infrastructure, and having a unified, national
Sex Trafficking Online & Village Voice
Kudos to NYT's Nick Kristoff for his piece today "Where Pimps Peddle Their Goods", exposing the terrible excuses Village Voice Media advances for its providing a home to the lion's share of online prostitution advertising in the U.S. The media group makes $22 million a year from such advertising on it's "Backpage" website - and a large proportion of those ads are from pimps, often trafficking unde
Saturday Jukebox
I've had this song in my head all morning, it's a great 80s pop ballad with some wicked sax. So let's try this: we'll call this an open thread and if you've got a song in your head then please post it in comments. We should end up with a pretty eclectic jukebox for weekend listening.
Moment of Zen - Shirtless Santorum
From the Joe My God blog - Link "Shortly after telling Puerto Ricans that they are unworthy of statehood unless they make English their official language, Rick Santorum soaked up the poolside rays at a local resort. Also staying at that resort were passengers from an Atlantis all-gay cruise, who snapped the above photo. Thanks to JMG tipsters James and Guy for sending this along."


Nine years ago
By @MBersin The new product: New York Times EDITORIAL DESK  September 14, 2002, Saturday Never Forget What? By FRANK RICH (NYT) 1538 words Late Edition - Final, Section A, Page 15, Column 1 "....Candor is so little prized in Washington that you want to shake the hand of anyone who dares commit it. So cheers to Andrew Card, the president's chief of staff, for telling The Times's Elisabeth Bumill
Don't Let This Murderer Get Away
By @KYYellowDog This is as blatant a racist killing as any lynching from 100 years ago. It's been covered by many, but for my money @PZMeyers says it best: Trayvon Martin went to a convenience store in his family's neighborhood to buy some candy. He was 17. He was unarmed. He was black. George Zimmerman, a self-appointed "neighborhood watch leader", called the police to report a "suspicious person
Songs to Fight the Plutocracy By: "Saltwater"
By @KYYellowDog From Great Protest Songs: In a haunting song that echos John Lennon's music, Julian contrasts the many accomplishments of modernity with world poverty and environmental decimation. 'Time is not a friend/'cos friends we're out of time' states the awful truth facing us in the early part of the 21st century. The images in this video are particularly beautiful.
Those Damn Poor Brown People Causing Global Warming
By @KYYellowDog This is the same despicable lie coal and chemical companies use to deny compensation to victims of their toxic materials because they also smoke and therefore are really to blame. Erik Loomis at Lawyers, Guns and Money: I'm not minimizing the fact that inefficient cookstoves in the developing world cause a lot of problems, including lung disease in the women who use them, deforesta
Repug Religious "Freedom" - Theocracy
By @KYYellowDog Add Kentucky to the list of states proposing unnecessary laws purporting to address non-existent problems but having the real purpose of building a foundation for theocracy. John Cheves at the Herald: The Kentucky Senate on Thursday approved three proposed amendments to the state Constitution, including one dubbed the Religious Freedom Act. Senate Bill 158 would "prohibit any human
Bread & Circuses Redux
by @TomBales1 If you've read my little thing here at all, from time to time you've probably noticed me ranting about the bread and circuses aspect of the Fascist takeover which has resulted mainly from the corporate take over of not only professional sports but... at least to a certain degree and in a certain ways... collegiate sports too.  Most of you understand the reference but for thos
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