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Sunday, April 29, 2012

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Francis Scott Key is waterborne for the first ...Francis Scott Key is waterborne for the first time at the end of the launching ways at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation at Groton, Connecticut, during her launching on 23 April 1965. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Dozens of cancer victims settle tainted groundwater suit in Florida.
More than three dozen former factory workers have settled their multimillion-dollar five-year legal battle against Siemens Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. over trichloroethene and other toxic chemicals they allege the companies carelessly dumped into drinking water, causing them to develop cancer.
4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN IRAN - 30th Apr 2012
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck Northern Iran at a depth of 2 km (1.2 miles), the quake hit at 01:33:22 UTC Monday 30th April 2012The epicenter was 18 km (11.2 miles) Southwest of Semnan, IranNo Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time
US Using Staged "Blind Activist" Stunt For Leverage Ahead of Talks
Reuters Cites US-Funded Front in Chinese "Blind Activist" Case.   by Tony Cartalucci April 30, 2012 - Reuters has recently reported in their article, "U.S. eyes testy China talks, Chen backer expects Chinese decision," that "religious and political rights advocacy group ChinaAid is the chief source of information about Chen," referring to Chen Guangcheng, the "blind activist" who has allegedly esc

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One thing I learned reading Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds.
I’m aware of the official male position on shopping. We hate it. It is unmanly to enjoy browsing through any emporia of consumer goods and to delight in their variety, to revel in their diverse appeal, to admit their temptation to our sundry appetites and vanities. It’s a lie, of course. Everybody likes shopping for something. I know guys who can wander through Home Depot for hours, who leer at a

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The Corbett Report
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Corbett Report Radio 121 – Marc Morano vs. Paul Ehrlich
Overpopulation fearmonger Paul Ehrlich is back on the press junket trying to drum up panic in the name of his depopulation obsession. Tonight on the program we listen to a 2010 interview with Marc Morano of ClimateDepot.com refuting Ehrlich and his sky-is-falling pseudoscience. Works Cited: Paul Ehrlich on depopulation: ‘We’re going to go over the top’ – audio Cut world population and redistribute
Interview 506 – Gerald Celente on The Auschwitz Express
Gerald Celente of the Trends Journal joins The Corbett Report to discuss the trends forecast for 2012, including how the Auschwitz Express is preparing to take a docile American population into a total American police state. Celente outlines the likely scenarios and offers his assessment of the likelihood that this freight train can be diverted from its final destination.
Corbett Report Radio 120 – USAPrepares and Food World Order
Joining us in the first half of tonight’s program is Vincent Finelli of USAPrepares.com to talk about his website, media ventures, and upcoming survival expo. Then in the second half of the broadcast we’re joined by James Evan Pilato of FoodWorldOrder.com to go over all the latest news from the world of food, health, and the environment. Works Cited: Van Oodles “Flossophy 101″ Music Video Food Sta
Interview 505 – Len Osanic on the Legacy of Fletcher Prouty
Len Osanic of Black Op Radio joins us to discuss his experiences corresponding with, meeting, and interviewing Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty, a Pentagon insider who revealed some of the inner workings of the American government’s clandestine operations in classic works like The Secret Team. We discuss Prouty’s work and legacy, as well as the information that he revealed to researchers like Osanic, wh
New World Next Week – 2012/04/26
Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: White House Takes Aim at CISPA with Formal Veto Threat http://ur1.ca/93x9t Related: James Bamford on How the NSA’s New Spy Center Might Know Everything http://ur1.ca/93xa1 NWNW Flashback: SOPA Is

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Let’s Just Say It: The Republicans Are The Problem
The Washington Post By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, Friday, April 27, 8:46 AM Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — rig
Obama: GOP On Women’s Health Like ‘Being In A Time Machine’
President Obama speaks at the Washington Convention Center in Washington. (Jewel Samad / AFP/Getty Images / April 27, 2012) Chicago Tribune By Michael A. Memoli 5:09 p.m. CDT, April 27, 2012 WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday castigated the Republican Party for what he said were dated views onwomen’s healthissues, saying the recent debate over contraceptives was “like being in a time machine.”
Mitt Romney Versus Reality: Global Edition
Published on Apr 26, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom Are you in? https://my.barackobama.com/globalttvid Mitt Romney continues to distort reality in this global edition of “Mitt Romney versus Reality”
Romney’s “Vision” Blind to Economic History
PERRspectives April 25, 2012 On Tuesday night, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney threw down the gauntlet. Declaring the election is “still about the economy – and we’re not stupid,” Romney warned that “President Obama and I have very different visions.” After claiming that “government is at the center of his vision,” the Republican offered the Romney Vision: “I have a very dif

The EnvironmentaList
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Life at Land’s End
In the Sunderbans Delta, Climate Change Means More Storms, Crumbling Islands, and Displacement
Dolphin Killing Declining in Japan
Market for Dolphin and Whale Meat Collapsing Due To Increased Awareness About Mercury Contamination

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Facts About May Day—I’d Be Fine With A Big General Strike, But I Don’t See It Happening
HAPPY MAY DAY! HAPPY MAY DAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! (Photo above by Martin Hartland) Tomorrow is May Day. Here are some facts about May Day from The Huffington Post— “Although it’s not recognized in the U.S. or Canada, May Day is one of the biggest bank holidays elsewhere in the world. While it conjures up images of maypoles and folk dances, the holiday has gone through a radical transformation over
To The Extent You Are Able, Avoid Drifting—Seaweed, Driftwood & A Sea Tumbleweed
Above is a picture I took last year in Galveston, Texas  You see that seagull is eating some creature unlucky enough to be caught in a clump of seaweed and washed up on the beach. This is what happens if you drift through life. You get washed up on the beach and maybe eaten. Here is a definition of seaweed-– Any of various red, green, or brown algae that live in ocean waters. Some species of seaw
Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up—The Work Of Freedom Is Up To Each Of Us
Here is 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. (Above–An image of Texas I found at the website of our Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.) Every Texan and every American has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organiz
They Do Appear To Have Corndogs In Argentina—But Not Funnel Cakes
Above is a menu of offerings that I saw last week at the Houston International Festival. The sign suggests that people in Argentina eat Fried Snickers and Fried Oreos. It suggests that they eat jumbo corn dogs. Except….I just Googled the words “corn dogs argentina” and this is what I saw on Wikipedia. “In Argentina they are called panchukers and are sold mostly around train stations, and are more
A Lightship—A Fixed Point In A Fluid World
I’ve been thinking in recent days about the metaphoric value of lightships. Who isn’t considering this topic? (Above—An image of the lightship Sandy Hook from an 1896 book called The Ship’s Company and Other Sea People by a  J.D. Jerrold Kelley Lieut.-Commander U.S.N.) A lightship is a floating lighthouse.  There were at one time a number of these vessels. Now there are far fewer. I don’t believe

WWF - Latest News
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Investors play a crucial role in sustainable palm oil
WWF is urging investors to do more to promote sustainable palm oil, backed by findings from a new survey released during a high-level meeting of investors and producers in Singapore. WWF’s first-of-its-kind Palm Oil Investor Review 2012 surveyed 35 key palm oil sector investors to assess how they are managing the challenges associated with sustainable palm oil and outlines the role they can play
WWF deeply concerned over deaths of vulnerable Yangtze finless porpoise
Beijing – WWF is deeply concerned over the reported deaths of over 32 vulnerable Yangtze finless porpoise since the beginning of the year, and is working with authorities and local communities to prevent the tragedy from reoccurring.  Since 3 March 2012, more than 32 porpoises have been found dead in Dongting and Poyang lakes - nine of them over a one-week period.   The only freshwater finless p
Population of world's most endangered leopard grows in China
Changchun, China - Northeast China’s Jilin Province Department of Forestry says the endangered Amur leopard population has almost doubled in the province, and now numbers between 8 and 11 individuals according to findings from a new survey. The results from the first-ever study to exclusively examine Amur leopards shows that traces of the rare big cats are now being found over a much larger area
Sanctuary boundaries need to extend south to protect last 55 Maui’s dolphins
Wellington, New Zealand – WWF-New Zealand is calling on the Department of Conservation to help protect the world’s remaining Maui’s dolphins by extending the boundary of the Marine Mammal Sanctuary further south and suspending all current mining and seismic activity in their habitat.   The Department of Conservation’s call for submissions on its interim proposal to extend the West Coast North Isla

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Fire In The Hole
Previously on this blog we examined the sadsack who wandered into an Oklahoma Walmart to there brew methamphetamine, the place so vast and cavernous that for many hours No One noticed the criminal chemistry experiment. And also the Mississippi miscreant who attempted to flee a Winn Dixie with live lobsters wriggling around in his pants. As well as the North Carolina gentleman who sought to celebra
Quantum Voting
Occasionally on the Great Pumpkin I encounter people of the glum, who have determined that the Obama presidency is of the bungled and the botched, and so they can no longer support it. Instead, they have conceived a need, in 2012, to cast a ballot for Rugs, or for some third-party candidate, or have elected to remain at home, staring forlornly into the tubes, casting a ballot for no one at all. T

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Breaking it Down: Industrial Capitalism vs. Financial Capitalism
Michael Hudson asks: “In light of the enormous productivity gains since the end of World War II – and especially since 1980 – why isn’t everyone rich and enjoying the leisure economy that was promised?” The answer (per Hudson) is painfully obvious, but bears repeating (ad infinitum): What was applauded as a post-industrial economy has turned into a financialized economy. The reason you have to wo
In Praise of NDP PR Jiu-Jitsu
Paul Wells on how it’s best sometimes to simply shut up and let your opponent’s own negative momentum take them down: Harper is certain to keep portraying the NDP as the only bunch of witless ideologues in sight. In quiet moments Conservative strategists say that, if they ever tire of whacking Bob Rae, they will seek to portray the NDP as either extremist or incompetent. And indeed the newest fea
The Real Bev Oda Scandal: Politicizing (& Corporatizing) Canadian Foreign Aid
That now-infamous taxpayer-subsidized luxury hotel switcheroo in Mother London? Small potatoes. Don Cayo: [A]nalysis by Fraser Reilly-King, a policy analyst at the non-profit Canadian Council for International Co-operation, shows substantial cuts to foreign aid in last month’s federal budget are aimed mainly at the same kind of underprivileged countries [that were removed from CIDA's priorit
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In These Times
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Radio Is About to Get Better
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to increase the number of low-powered FM (LPFM) stations after a 12-year hiatus caused by a successful campaign against community radio by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), a lobby group for major commercial media. Much to the joy of community radio activists, hundreds of new radio stations will pop up in cities across the country. A
The Politics of Sight
Would Americans eat less meat, and would animals be treated more humanely if slaughterhouses were made with glass walls and we all could see the monstrous killing apparatus at work? This is the query at the heart of Timothy Pachirat's new book Every Twelve Seconds--the title a reference to the typical slaughterhouse's cattle-killing rate. Before you think this is a column merely about food, reco
Mad Men’s Maddening Decline
It's hard to say exactly when I started to lose my patience with Mad Men. But I know exactly when I realized how frustrated I've become: It happened about halfway into "Far Away Places," which aired on April 22. The day that shall live in infamy--The Day Roger Sterling Dropped Acid. I'm probably alone in this. Roger's LSD trip has been praised all over the Internet. But I couldn't help thinking t
A Civil Solution to Labor’s Problems
By the summer of 2009, seven months after the election of Barack Obama and what looked like a filibuster-proof Democratic Senate, labor's campaign to enact the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) had run out of juice. Senators who had co-sponsored the legislation only two years earlier were nowhere to be found when conditions finally seemed to be in place for its passage. As the economy plunged, the a

Obsidian Wings
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Signal boost: Cat with broken leg, Brooklyn: UPDATE
by Doctor Science A black cat with a broken leg is at Patrick and Theresa Nielsen Haydens' back door. They have no cat carrier, serious cat allergies, and no car to transport the cat to the Brooklyn Animal Control shelter. If any of you can help, contact them. If not, pass it on. UPDATE: Patrick reports that "A lovely volunteer from the Mayor's Office for NYC Animals has just c
Business kleptocracy
by Doctor Science A kleptocracy is when the government is run for the personal gain of the ruling class, without regard to what is good for the governed or the state as a whole. What do you call it when a business or other corporation is run for the personal gain of the high-level managers, without (much) regard for the stockholders or other owners, the employees, or the customers? I'm askin
buying stuff off of the internet open thread
by liberal japonicus For a number of reasons, I tend not to buy stuff off of the internet, so I'm curious what the commentariat has bought off the internet and why. I did recently buy something and I'll put that in the comments later so as to avoid giving the imprimatur of Obsidian Wings (at least not before negotiating some deal) Have at it.

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American Leftist
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Days in the Life of a UC Davis Law Professor
If you are Alan Brownstein, the Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, you serve on a Task Force that condemns the administrative failings of the Chancellor and the vice chancellors responsible for the use of pepper spray against protesting, non-violent UC Davis students while refusing to request their resi
Occupy and Inviolability of Private Property
A couple of months ago, I discussed one of the most difficult challenges facing Occupy, the willingness of middle class progressives to rationalize the abuses of the police because they place a greater priority upon the preservation of social order by law enforcement. Such progressives want to square the political circle by seeking a transformation of American society without conflict. They are

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One rogue newspaper.
For years we had the one rogue reporter defence. Now, courtesy of Rupert Murdoch's second session at Leveson, we've been given the one rogue newspaper defence.You see, Keith never really liked the News of the World. It was only the first newspaper he bought in Britain, the one which essentially kick-started his global ambitions. He didn't have much contact with the editor, not even phoning them
The call of the Hunt.
Well, I think it's fair to say that was just ever so slightly disappointing.After yesterday's fireworks with James, and I can't help picturing advisers and politicians running around Thick of It style while he was giving evidence about the Fred Michel emails, the hope was for more of the same from Keith himself. Instead, what we got was much the same performance he gave to the media committee, a

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The Russians are Coming! ‘Patriot’ Paranoia Run Amok
In our time, no foreign army has ever occupied American soil. Until now. So says the trailer for “Red Dawn,” a Cold War-era movie about a group of American teenagers who resist a Russian invasion, calling themselves Wolverines. Now, some 28 years after the film was released, the antigovernment “Patriot” crowd is having a bad [...]
Neo-Nazi Newspapers Distributed Near Scene of Racially Charged Attack
Some residents in a Mobile, Ala. neighborhood found white supremacist newspapers on their front lawns Thursday morning, five days after the racially charged beating of a white man by a group of about 20 African Americans. According to witnesses, the attack on Matthew Owens, 40, came after Owens confronted and displayed knives to children who had [...]
CNN Gives Racist Immigrant Basher a Platform
As the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week concerning Arizona’s controversial immigration law, a racist patriarch of the anti-immigrant movement once again found a mainstream platform for his hate-filled, conspiracy-mongering extremism. CNN posted a report that contrasted two perspectives on the hot-button issue: that of Phoenix police officer David Salgado, and that of Glenn Spencer, [..
North Dakota Weather Helps Convict Aryan Wannabe
A would-be Aryan warrior who apparently thought he’d committed the perfect murder forgot one thing: There’s no mud in North Dakota in the middle of the winter. It was a pair of muddy boots and coveralls, along with a mud stain on a basement wall, that led investigators to discover the buried, decapitated head of a [...]

Pesticide Action Network
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1 in 54 boys? Time for autism prevention.
If we set our minds to it, we can turn back the rising tide of autism. But it will take the courage to embrace the following common-sense goal, in both policy and practice: Expecting parents and young children should not take in chemical contaminants that are known to harm developing minds. This week, scientists released a list of exactly which contaminants we're talking about. The top 10

Amused Cynicism
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Is China developing a “treacherous computing” CPU?
The Free Software Foundations defines treacherous computing thusly: Who should your computer take its orders from? Most people think their computers should obey them, not obey someone else. With a plan they call “trusted computing”, large media corporations (including the movie companies and record companies), together with computer companies such as Microsoft and Intel, are planning to make your

Centauri Dreams
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Another Way of Looking at Interstellar Probes
By Michael Michaud The following post is a distinct change of pace for Centauri Dreams, a work of fiction that gets at questions at the heart of SETI. We’ve considered many ideas about interstellar probes that humans may one day launch toward nearby stars. But the reverse could occur: A more advanced technological civilization could send a probe in our direction, particularly after detecting signs
Titan’s Atmosphere Under Scrutiny
Of all the probe targets in the outer Solar System, Titan is in many ways the most provocative. Not long ago we looked at two concepts — Titan Mare Explorer (TiME) and AVIATR — that would get instruments back into Titan’s atmosphere and, in the case of TiME, onto one of its northern seas. The allure of this moon is surely what goes on in that atmosphere, a nitrogen brew mixed with methane that gen

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Rock the ball with Pepsi
   NOTE: This is a sponsored post Football. The most popular sport in the world. That may be hard to believe, we being a die-hard cricket nation, but there are many amongst us who get their blood pumping whenever our favorite team kicks some balls (pun intended).  There’s excitement in the air, and the airwaves for that matter, when Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona are about to have a face

The Angry Black Woman
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I Got Your Book: This Time, It’s LITERARY
Two new anthologies prominently featuring authors of color are fundraising RIGHT NOW!!! A review of Kingdom of Gods A review of this month’s Stone Telling On why multiculturalism is just good writing.  Hooray for Tayari Jones — reader demands have made her first two books once again available! Annnnnnnnnd here’s Kindred…. as a radio drama.  Hooray for Tor’s poetry month! A review of American Dervi
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