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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Back to Reality (TV series)Back to Reality (TV series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: A bow-on view of the nuclear-powered ...English: A bow-on view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine USS OHIO (SSBN-726) secured in the water during its commissioning. The submarine was built by General Dynamics Corp. Polski: USS "Ohio" (SSBN-726) w trakcie ceremonii przyjęcia do służby. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Visitors look ...LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Visitors look at a General Dynamics Scout Special Vehicle on display at the Defence and Security Exhibition on September 13, 2011 in London, England. ExCeL London is hosting the exhibition with hundreds of manufacturers from all over the world displaying their hardware. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

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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.
Transgendered beauty queen Jenna Talackova to be featured in reality TV show
If you thought transgendered beauty queen Jenna Talackova had finished her 15 minutes of fame, think again.
my first nightmare
It's hard to tell quite what's wrong with this picture at first. Then you notice the little girl is holding a dead mouse. The baby is vomiting. I'm actually fairly impressed with this collection of French illustrated children's books: it makes a change from all the wishy-washy-Shirley-Hughesy stuff I remember from our kid's learning to read with the aid of pictures stage. And


Another Missed Opportunity To Lead
The Maddow Blog By Steve Benen - Tue May 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Mitt Romney will join Donald Trump tonight in Las Vegas for a fundraiser, just a few days after the reality-show host reiterated his support for the ridiculous “birther” conspiracy theory. Asked by reporters yesterday whether Trump’s ugly, borderline-racist antics gives him pause, Romney seemed unconcerned. “You know, I don’t agree wit
Two Republican Nominees
Published on May 29, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom Facebook it: https://my.barackobama.com/romneytrumpvid Tweet it: https://my.barackobama.com/romneytrumptwvid Tumblr it: https://my.barackobama.com/romneytrumptbrvid John McCain stood up to the voices of extremism in his party. Will Mitt Romney?

Why Thomas Keller Is Wrong About Chefs’ Social Responsibility
Whether He Likes It or Not, Global Warming Is Changing the Taste of Food

 ( Assange notes : the law contorted past recognition to deny fair play )
Back in Business
This blog is fully operational again. Working on first serious piece now.
Homeward Bound
Finshed my last speaking engagement in Brazil! At CPDOC in Sao Paolo. Good highly intelligent audience. But all I want to do now is get back to my lovely Nadira. Unfortunately my flight doesn’t leave until tomorrow, and I don’t make the UK until Thursday!
Rolling Stone
Genuinely sad to be leaving Florianapolis. Wonderful place and lovely people. I haven’t liked a new place so much in a long time. I found my ideas very well received indeed. That seems increasingly to be the case in places as diverse as Brazil, Germany, South Africa and India. There genuinely seems a renewed interest in radicalism among young people. Wars of resource grab, state transfers of

Energy Agency Looks to Natural Gas "Golden Age"
If a series of "golden rules" can be followed, a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggests, global natural gas usage could grow by more than 50 percent by 2035.
Climate Change and Family Planning - Twin Issues for LDCs
The reproductive rights agenda, from improving women's access to education to systematic family planning to reducing birth rates and combating poverty, has become a cornerstone of most industrialised nations' development policies toward the least developed countries (LDCs), comprised primarily of sub-Saharan African states.
Barbados Begins New Drive to Bolster Local Agriculture
Mere weeks ago Arthur Smith, who has been farming here for more than 20 years, was dangling thousands of carrots in front of local consumers, but there were no buyers to be had.
Rural Women in Peru Key to Adaptation of Seeds to Climate Change
For ages, rural women in the Peruvian highlands have been selecting and storing seeds, ensuring their preservation. But the authorities have failed to tap into this storehouse of knowledge and experience, despite the contributions it could make to the design of effective policies for adaptation to climate change, which poses a growing threat to the women's livelihoods.

New Book: The Journey to Tahrir
A new collection of articles about Egypt that appeared in Middle East Report in the last decade or so is now out. It's edited by Chris Toensing and Jeannie Sowers, and includes a piece by me as well as other blog contributors, friends, and leading Egypt experts (Mona El-Ghobashy, Tim Mitchell, Joel Beinin, etc.). It's a great way to review late Mubarak Egypt and the January 2011 uprising, as well
New Book: The Journal to Tahrir
A new collection of articles about Egypt that appeared in Middle East Report in the last decade or so is now out. It's edited by Chris Toensing and Jeannie Sowers, and includes a piece by me as well as other blog contributors, friends, and leading Egypt experts (Mona El-Ghobashy, Tim Mitchell, Joel Beinin, etc.). It's a great way to review late Mubarak Egypt and the January 2011 uprising, as well
⇛ The International Response to Syria After the Houla Massacre
The International Response to Syria After the Houla Massacre : The New Yorker Yesterday, Annan was back in Damascus calling on “everyone with a gun” in Syria to give it a rest—as if all parties were equally to blame for the country’s agony. By what honest argument, after Houla, can one deny Syrians who feel the need to take up arms against the Assad regime? And who can take comfort from what the s
Syria's atamans
“Atamanschina” is a Russian word that translates to “time of the atamans.” It refers to the period of the Russian Civil War when anti—Bolshevik Cossack bands — led by their “atamans” — dominated large swaths of Siberia with Japanese backing. These bands’ “anti—Bolshevik” campaigns were characterized mainly by pogroms against local populations and systematic extortion of refugees. While Syria’s op

Obama's Re-election May Force a War with Iran an 'October Surprise.'
by Kevin C. Caffrey:    Iran since 1953 has been an American problem. The article points out that sanctions will not work and that war with Iran is inevitable.
Why doesn't America have a real choice for the office of President?
by Mark Vogl:    In the last couple of days Romney has said he would not cut spending, would not cut the military, but not how he will make America great!

Byts and Bytes
Another missionary in Africa: the Bill Gates myth The Egyptian Elections and the Arab Spring  The War on Gays Why I Don’t Support Same Sex Marriage New French Socialist Government Appoint 3 Black Cabinet Ministers
Madonna and Child
A gift of love from Deb to my wife and I to congratulate us on the new addition to our family A heartfelt thank you! Here are a couple photos of our princess and prince:                        Alana                                                 Alana and Asa
Louisiana: Prison Plantation State
Read this eight part series: Louisiana Incarcerated: How we built the world’s prison capital  

Last week, BG Neil H. Tolley, Commander of Special Operations Command, Korea, participated on a panel at the 2012 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) with other theater special operations commanders.  He was talking about the challenges in dealing with underground facilities in North Korea when he said something like this: “The entire tunnel infrastructure is hidden from our sate
Iranian HEU Traces: Don’t Panic
By now everyone has seen the latest IAEA Iran report, GOV/2012/23. Among other bits that have drawn attention is paragraph 28, concerning swipe samples taken at the subterranean enrichment facility outside of Qom in mid-February. These samples “showed the presence of particles with enrichment levels of up to 27% U-235,” more than the level that’s supposed to be produced there. That’s highly enrich
Memorial Day
My Dad was one of five brothers — first generation American citizens whose parents emigrated from Kiev. During World War II, he worked at the Watertown (Massachusetts) Arsenal making munitions. The metallic substances he ingested there most likely caused his kidney cancer, which eventually took his life at age 48. Two of his brothers, Mickey and Alby, served in Europe. Uncle Al was a stenographer

Bits and Pieces - May 29, 2012
More Iran, of course, but let's start with something else.Chris Hayes did the right thing over this weekend, although it's not clear that the discussion will go the way it should. I'm very uncomfortable with the "heroes" label attached to everyone who wears a uniform; there are true heroes who fall on hand grenades to save their platoon or run into a burning building to save a child. There are oth
So What Happened Last Week? The Iran Negotiations
Much of the coverage of the P5+1 or E3+3 talks* with Iran this week has focused on one thing or another, like the blind men and the elephant. I’m going to try to put some of those details into a bigger picture.There was some disappointment that no “grand bargain” was arrived at, but, given the poor track record for talks on Iran’s nuclear program, none should have been expected. The best that coul

I'm just a pasty.
The media loves a u-turn. Ever since the blessed Margaret Thatcher stood up at the Conservative party conference in 1980 and declared that she was not for turning (even though she was, as she was later to claim that she had never adhered to monetarism), the political about face has been focused on as being uniquely embarrassing. After all, what use is a politician if they don't have the strength
Never mind the jubilee.
Peter Wilby in the Graun:The glossy newspaper supplements are out, the BBC (supposedly a hotbed of subversive lefties) is preparing wall-to-wall coverage, MPs are going on holiday for two weeks, the populace is ready to put out the flags and the picnic tables. In an orgy of deference, we are celebrating Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne. If any other country were paying homage to an unelect
Bad Blair day.
It was difficult to watch Tony Blair appear before the Leveson inquiry today and not see the establishment failing to hold the establishment to account. On occasion, it can manage it: Private Eye has been as establishment as it gets from the beginning and yet it still does the equivalent of sticking its finger in the eyes of the rich and the powerful.Today, the inquisitors and Leveson let themsel

Drug War Violence Throws Honduras into Disarray
The firefight started about two hours before dawn, while it was still full dark in the jungle. Early on May 11, muzzle flashes lit up the sky as a small fleet of U.S. helicopters engaged a boatload of drug smugglers on a twisting, thickly-wooded stretch of the Patuca River, in the Mosquitia region of eastern Honduras. It was a short, one-sided fight. The four Super Huey helicopters—piloted by a co
Are Co-ops the Answer?
Long before the Occupy movement sparked renewed protest of rising inequality, another global movement was quietly engaged in building a more democratic economy. From coffee growers in Kenya seeking a fair market price to worker-owned green businesses reviving the American Rust Belt, cooperatives are helping to spur a reinvention of work in a period of worldwide recession. Globally, an estimated 1
I, Cyclops: Monocularity in a 3-D World
If you're over 21, you're probably irritated by 3-D movies and their ubiquity. The trend shows no sign of waning. Sure, there were media bleats this year in response to a report issued by the MPAA, which complained that 3-D movie receipts in the U.S. and Canada fell 18 percent from 2010. But this stat ignored the fact that 2011 saw more than twice as many 3-D films as 2009. (Some of those were re-

Ministers ignore environment and start money grab at EU Council
Brussels, Belgium – The General Affairs Council met today to discuss the next 7 year EU budget. Considering natural capital underpins successful economic activity it was a surprise that the environment was not even discussed.   Following the discussions Andrea Kohl, Programme Director at the WWF European Policy Office, commented; “Europe has laid down a roadmap for building a low carbon EU in the
New Zealand's natural heritage threatened by 20 years of environmental inaction
Wellington, New Zealand - Less than a month before world leaders meet at a major environmental summit, a new report warns that New Zealand is failing to protect some of its iconic species and habitats following a series of broken promises made at the Earth Summit 20 years ago. ‘Beyond Rio’ is released today by global conservation organisation WWF ahead of next month’s meeting on sustainable devel
WWF International Board reports on incidences of fraud in Tanzania
 The Board of WWF International has released a report on the incidences of fraud in Tanzania.
Celebrity Chef Bobby Chinn celebrates Coral Triangle Day on June 9 with responsibly-caught seafood
Bali, Indonesia – Award-winning culinary sensation Bobby Chinn joins the rest of the region in celebrating the Coral Triangle Day on 9 June 2012 by preparing sumptuous dishes using responsibly-caught seafood in selected restaurants in Bali, Indonesia. “The Coral Triangle Day is about celebrating the wonders of our oceans and what individuals can do to help protect it. As a chef, I would like to d

Memorial Day and mourning
by liberal japonicus While the main action probably centers around the observations of Chris Hayes, (google news here), I was in the wikipedia page about Memorial Day and thinking about some questions of national culture, which are below the fold One thing is that the notion of a nation mourning seems to be an Anglo-American feature, with the corresponding day in the UK and the Commonwealth as Re

A Longer, Heavier Bombardment
We know that the early Earth was a violent place, but just how violent? The so-called Late Heavy Bombardment is thought to have occurred from 4.1 billion to 3.8 billion years ago, likely the result of asteroids being destabilized in their orbits by shifts in the orbits of the outer planets. That model is self-limiting, with the unstable asteroids being depleted over time and the Late Heavy Bombard

New Paleontology Hall To Open In Houston On June 2—Pictures Of The New Hall And Picture Of Girl With Dinosaur At Creation Museum In Kentucky
The new paleontology hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science will open to the general public on Saturday, June 2. The hall has been open to museum members for the past few days. I’m a member of the museum and I took the opportunity to visit the new wing. Above you see a picture I took at the hall. That creature was an Eryops. Here is a story about the new exhibits from The New York Times. I
2012 Memorial Day Service At Houston VA National Cemetery
This post has two pictures I took a few days ago at the Houston VA National Cemetery. It seemed the right thing to do to visit this place over Memorial Day Weekend. Here is what my father—who died last year—wrote based on his combat experience in the Korean War— “One thing that I learned is that the young men who fought in our wars should never be forgotten…Another fact I learned…is that millions
Hate Campaign Against Harris County Democratic Chair Lane Lewis—Texas Democratic Primary Is Tuesday May, 29
Above you see hate literature circulated by a Keryl Douglas who is running for Harris County Democratic Chair against incumbent Lane Lewis. I’m sorry even to mention this issue. But it may not fully be out there that this is the type of campaign that this Ms. Douglas individual is running. With the Democratic Primary to be held this Tuesday, May 29, people might be focusing on the some of the con

Syrians Must Be Encouraged And Not Discouraged to Talk About Sectarianism – By Ehsani
This is what a Syrian commentator wrote on one of the social media outlets this morning: “Anyone that mentions the name of sect or religion in Syria, in any context, and all those who incite sect or religion in Syria, in any context and all those who try to show a range as a victim and a look executioner in any context is a traitor to Syria and Syria is innocent of it. All intolerance for other th

How much more murder (in Syria)?
The Times today highlights the horror of the recent massacre in Syria (£):The children of Houla were not killed by random shelling. The UN yesterday revealed that they were murdered one by one. The militia came in the night armed with knives and guns, and the young victims were executed with a bullet to the head or a knife to the throat. One photograph shows a cherubic baby girl, no older than 2,
Doc Watson 1923-2012
Doc Watson has died at the age of 89. This is the song I most associate with him - 'Tennessee Stud'. Update: See, now, also these posts from Alex, Bob, Mick and Terence.
Hitchens's path
Thoughtful post here by James Bloodworth on what of the left Hitch left:There is good reason... to discuss one of the ideas which animated the politics of Christopher Hitchens during his final decade: his belief that the main ideological war in the 21st century would be fought between those who did and those who did not believe the citizen should be the property of religion or the state. When it c
Imprisoned by narrow assumptions
Louis Blom-Cooper thinks that giving prisoners the vote would be of quite general benefit. For one thing it would encourage the rehabilitation of prisoners. He may well be right about this. It is to his credit also that he doesn't, like so many whom I've featured here in discussing this question (see this post and its internal links), write as if his view is just self-evident, as if there
The show went on
Habima's performance of The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theatre duly took place last night, as did the expected protest against it by people obsessed with Israel's uniquely bad moral status in the world. They seem not to have been effective in disrupting the evening: 'the Habima actors maintained their composure and the show went on'. A small victory for the word and against th
Touring with Comrade Bob
The world being a bizarre place, one should pause from time to time to note some of its more bizarre features. The United Nations in its wisdom has decided to appoint a couple of International Tourism Ambassadors. One of them is to be... Robert Mugabe. What next? While you're here, have a look inside Zimbabwe's jails? Assad, Special Ambassador for Music? (Thanks: GG.)

Christine Lagarde, scourge of tax evaders, pays no tax!
Tuesday 29th May 2012. By Kim Willsher       Find Article Here:- IMF boss who caused international outrage when she suggested that Greeks should pay their taxes earns a tax-free salary. IMF managing director Christine Lagarde. Photograph: Dominick Reuter/Reuters Christine Lagarde, the IMF boss who caused international outrage after she suggested in an interview with the Guardian on Friday that
BBC Caught In Syria Massacre Propaganda Hoax.
By Paul Joseph Watson  Monday, May 28th, 2012.   Find Full Article Here:- News agency uses picture of dead Iraqi children to depict alleged government atrocity. The British media has been caught yet again with its pants down in the effort to sell a NATO-led attack on Syria, with the revelation that BBC News used a years-old photo of dead Iraqi children to depict victims of an alleged government as
Corporate media: anonymous ‘official’, generic drawing = Iran nuke ‘evidence’.
May 14th 2012 By Carl Herman   Find Full Article Here:- Following US and UK “leaders” Obama and Cameron’s threats to war-murder Iranians under ongoing similar non-specific accusations, US corporate media now “reports” that an un-named alleged official from an un-named nation provided a generic drawing alleged to be from an Iran military base consistent with nuclear weapon development. A generic se
Real pictures of Iran and Iranians.
Find Photo Gallery Here:- Image 24 of 82. See also:- http://www.beautifydesktop.com/ This is Tehran This is the city that Iran built the nuclear reactor for
RSPB voices shock at buzzard plans in UK.
24th May 2012 By Emily Beament Find Full Aticle Here:- Conservationists in the UK have condemned plans that would allow buzzard nests to be destroyed and the birds of prey taken into captivity to protect pheasant shoots. The Environment Department (Defra) is to spend up to £375,000 researching ways to keep buzzards from targeting captive-reared pheasants. Proposed methods include destroying nests
Joe Strummer: The angry young man who grew up.
By Ian Burrell  20th May 2012.  Find Full Article & Photo Gallery Here:- The leader of The Clash was the spokesman for a generation. But what was Joe Strummer really like? To mark the 10th anniverary of his death, his widow reveals the truth behind the legend – and how the angry man of punk finally found real happiness in the country life. VIEW GALLERY How to remember Joe Strummer? It’s a

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  1. Smirking Chimp
    Jack Lessenberry in today's Chimp: "That we have a black president drives them crazy, just crazy. The racists know, however, they can't say that publicly. They only way they can cope with this is to believe that there is something wrong with him. He can't be legitimate. He can't be a real president – this all has to be a horrible nightmare that must be purged from the history books, or we are all doomed." The Daily Chimp for Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | The Smirking Chimp like
  2. Freethoughtblogs.com
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  4. Freethoughtblogs.com
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  6. NaturalNews.com
    The only way to protect the food supply against total destruction is to initiate a complete ban on all GM crops, beginning first with perennial crops. Exposed: Monsanto planted GM alfalfa before USDA approved it, federal agency knew all along like
  7. OpenMedia.ca
    Cybersecurity expert Christopher Parsons, who has written extensively about the online spying bill, has dug through hundreds of pages of documents to confirm: Online spying bill C-30 will erode online anonymity and sweep up innocent people, all without appropriate oversight. Take a stand against this invasive online spying scheme by sharing this today: http://openmedia.ca/stand Online spying bill C-30: Expert confirms innocent Canadians likely to be caught up in digital dragne like
  8. Al Jazeera English
    The head of UN observers in Syria, Major-General Robert Mood, said 13 bodies had been discovered in the east of the country, with their hands tied behind their backs and signs that some had been shot in the head from close range. The bodies were discovered late on Tuesday in the area of Assukar, 50km east of Deir al-Zor. Executions reported in Syria like
  9. AlterNet
    AlterNet Executive Editor Don Hazen talks to Ferguson, the Academy Award winner for "Inside Job," about his new book on the rapid rise of "Oligarchy America." Charles Ferguson on New Book 'Predator Nation' like
  10. Occupy Monsanto
  11. Upworthy
    Such a peppy way to start your morning! AWESOME: Dance Party Breaks Out In The Street At U.S. Bank like
  12. Project Syndicate
    New blog post: Stefano Casertano on how the Facebook IPO demonstrates the hubris and greed of the banking industry. "Bankers Are Stupid" by Stefano Casertano like
  13. Project Syndicate
    "The Argentine experience suggests that, after the run on bank deposits, the saga’s next installment is monetary collapse." (Illustration by Margaret Scott) "An Argentine Guide to the Greek Crisis" by Andres Velasco like
  14. Disinformation
    ‘Inside Job’ Director Charles Ferguson Indicts Our ‘Predator Nation’ ‘Inside Job’ Director Charles Ferguson Indicts Our ‘Predator Nation’ | Disinformation like
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