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Sunday, May 6, 2012

6 May - My Feedly II

Triceratops AttackTriceratops Attack (Photo credit: Stuck in Customs)NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13:  US Ambassador to the...NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice speaks to the media following Security Council consolations over the situation in North Korea April 13, 2012 in New York City. There has been condemnation from United States and countries in the region over North Korea's failed long-range missile launch. The Security Council will also address the ongoing situation in Syria later in the day. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)NEW YORK, THE US. A meeting of the five perman...NEW YORK, THE US. A meeting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. Русский: НЬЮ-ЙОРК. Встреча лидеров «пятерки» постоянных членов Совета Безопасности ООН. Nederlands: NEW YORK, De VS. De ontmoeting van vijf permanente leiders van de UN Beveiligings Raad. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Number of resolutions vetoed by each of the fi...Number of resolutions vetoed by each of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council between 1946 and 2007. (Source: globalpolicy.org[1]) Country - 1946-65 / 1966-85 / 1986-2007 / total China - 1 / 2 / 3 / 6 France - 4 / 11 / 3 / 18 UK - 3 / 21 / 8 / 32 US - 0 / 46 / 36 / 82 Soviet Union/Russia - 106 / 13 / 4 / 123 Note: The People's Republic of China replaced the Republic of China on the Security Council in 1971. Russia succeeded the Soviet Union in 1991. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)North KoreaNorth Korea (Photo credit: Tequila Partners)Demilitarized Zone, North KoreaDemilitarized Zone, North Korea (Photo credit: yeowatzup)

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North Korea Vows to Develop Space and Nuclear Industries
In the meantime, the reclusive state is pushing for development of space and nuclear power industries based on self-defensive nuclear deterrence to become a strong and prosperous nation.This, according to North Korean foreign ministry on Sunday.The ministry then criticized the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, who recently called on Pyeongyang to refrain from further provocative a
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.
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Obama 2012 Rallies Escalate Election Fight In Ohio, Virginia
President Barack Obama is making his quest for a second term official with rallies in Ohio and Virginia. By JULIE PACE 05/05/12 09:45 AM ET WASHINGTON — In campaign mode for months, President Barack Obama is making his quest for a second term official with rallies in Ohio and Virginia while casting Republican rival Mitt Romney as a flip-flopping protector of the rich. The events Saturday at two u

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Food World Order 018 – Flossophy, Nanotech, Mad Cow
Audio/Notes: http://ur1.ca/94ssi 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 Flossophy, Nanotech, Mad Cow and more… Thanks as always to Morgan Lesko of WikiWorldOrder for hosting this video on his YouTube channel.
New World Next Week – 2012/05/03
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: Milwaukee Red Cross Told To Prep For Chicago Evacuation During NATO Summit http://ur1.ca/95pwn Video: Preparation and Plans to Evacuate Chicago http://ur1.ca/95pwt Background: 2012 Chicago Summit
Corbett Report Radio 123 – Protests and Revolution with Andrew Gavin Marshall
Tonight on the program James talks to Andrew Gavin Marshall of ThePeoplesBookProject.com about the ongoing student protests in Montreal, Canada, the nature of direct action, and the possibility of revolution. We also tackle the question of the left/right paradigm, points of agreement, and whether real change can be effected through political action.
Fahrenheit 2012: Suppressing Dissent in the 21st Century
by James Corbett BoilingFrogsPost.com 1 May, 2012 Ray Bradbury’s classic 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of a fictional society in which books are not read, but burned, and the populace is distracted by television and radio. In this dystopian world, reading books is outlawed to prevent the public from thinking independently and “firemen” are employed to burn the remaining books in the qu

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Are We Winning or Losing?
Are we winning or losing the battle against proliferation? This simple question does not have a simple answer because bad headlines mask quiet progress. Since the 1960s, reports on the status of proliferation have almost always been pessimistic. It doesn’t pay to wear rose-colored glasses in this business, since optimistic projections can lead to broken careers. Besides, there is usually amp

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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–A WPA poster for an event in Texas back in New Deal days. From the American Memory project of the Library of Congress. Texans where happy to vote for Franklin D. Roosevelt and take all sorts o
Vandalized Houston Sculpture Called “Houston”
Above you see a piece of public art here in Houston. You see that some people have not treated this sculpture very well. I don’t know why people conduct themselves in such a manner. The name of this sculpture is “Houston.” It was created by Mac Whitney. I don’t know why it is called Houston. Though nor do I know a reason that is should not be called Houston. Maybe it is called Houston because it

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Russia Threatens Preemptive Strike on NATO Facilities.
By Kurt Nimmo  May 3rd, 2012. Find Full Article Here:- Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov. Russia will take out NATO’s missile defense system in Eastern Europe if the U.S. implements a missile shield, Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov warned on Thursday. “A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” he said at an international confere
US pilots refuse to fly $143m F-22 Raptor stealth fighter because of ‘lack of oxygen in cockpit’.
By Chris Hanlon  May 1st 2012.  Find Full Article Here:- US Military has almost 190 of the craft, classed as the most advanced at the country’s disposal Pilots report dizziness and blackouts while flying Airforce general insists there is no problem and that the fighter strikes fear into hearts’ of America’s enemies US fighter pilots have asked not to fly the military’s 190 F-22 Raptors because o
Israel sold Argentina arms during Falklands War against UK.
May 4th 2012.  Find Article Here:- A new report has revealed that the Israeli regime supplied Argentina with weapons during the Falklands War between Britain and Buenos Aires in 1982. Israeli Mirage jets bought during the Falklands War, painted with the Peruvian flag as a way of enabling the sale. According to the report, Argentine pilots have spoken for the first time of a secret mission that t
The singularity is coming: 3 chips that meld man and machine.
By Stacey Higginbotham  March 29th 2012.  Find Article Here:- Cramming biology on silicon is not a new effort, and it’s one that has helped advance the science of genomics and led to the $1,000 genome. But in the last few weeks, I’ve noticed some pretty sweet combinations of biology and chip research. They will first end up helping biological research and test new drug compounds, but in the futur
The 40th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva.
Find Photo Gallery Here:- About 1,000 inventions debuted at the 40th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva. Officials said 789 exhibitors from 46 countries and 60,000 visitors are expected at the fair, which opened on Wednesday and runs until April 22. Italy’s Marco Pagnini presents his invention: a hands-free umbrella Picture: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Britain has world’s third highest proportion of sexually active teens.
By Sarah Boseley  25th April 2012.  Find Full Article Here:- UK also ranks badly among high-income nations for harmful teenage drinking, according to study in Lancet medical journal. The UK scores badly for teenage drinking and pregnancy. Photograph: Alex Segre/Rex Features Britain has the third-highest proportion of teenagers who are sexually active at an early age and also ranks badly among hi

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Aboul Fotouh's puppet TV ad
I have some doubts and reservations about the candidate, but this television ad for Aboul Fotouh is super cute.
Aboul Fotouh drives a wedge into MB
This is the highest level defection we've seen so far, and is representative of 1) how divisive the decision to field a presidential candidate was for the wider MB leadership; 2) how the top leadership around Khairat al-Shater is failing to impose strict obedience in the group. Hassan Beshbashy, a top FJP member, told AMAY about the defection from Morsi: Beshbasy also called on members of the Bro
Links 30 April - May 5 2012
AP: Ahmadinejad's support crumbles in Iran runoff Authnorized Biography | Informed CommentThe bio page for Juan Cole on his blog is over 10,000 words long. Recalled Saudi envoy to return to Egypt on Saturday |  Reuters The Aboul Fotouh Bandwagon Baheyya likes. Kadhafi-Sarkozy : la justice tunisienne savait dès octobre 2011 | Mediapart In Syria, dying for democracy - latimes.com Haitham Maleh
Remember how the Brotherhood were supposed to be the moderates?
That's certainly what they were saying only a few weeks ago in Washington, where they said everything that they thought Americans wanted to hear. But hey, it's elections time. Noha Hennawy, reporting from the Mursi campaign trail for Egypt Independent: Besides his constant pledge to implement God’s Sharia, Morsy has been touring the country with backers who portray him as the sole Islamist can
More violence in Egypt
On Monday, I went to Alexandria for a rally by presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, and wrote this piece about it for The Daily Beast. I noted that: Egyptians are excited, but there is also great confusion and anxiety. The upcoming elections are the final, fraught act of a muddled transition process that still threatens to unravel. Now there are 12 dead in clashes between protesters
Reports: Ismail Haniyeh seen leading in Hamas Politburo vote
Bye bye Khaled Mashaal? Is Hamas Politburo leader Khaled Mashaal’s constellation dimming? He’s already announced he’ll be stepping down, and whether or not his next step to be a more active international leader in the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood, if he keeps his word he may not be the man eventually presiding over the (stalled) implementation of “unity” agreement with Fatah that has been sittin

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‘Ex-Gay’ Group Cancels Conference Due to Lack of Interest
One of the most prominent ex-gay organizations in the country, Exodus International, has been experiencing an exodus of a different sort, one it surely isn’t pleased to see. The group canceled its next Love Won Out (LWO) conference, which was scheduled for May 19 at Legacy Church in Albuquerque, N.M. Ex-Gay Watch, a website that monitors [...]
Extremists React to Neo-Nazi’s Apparent Mass Murder, Suicide
Updated 5.04.12 Nativist extremists and white supremacists wasted little time responding with half-cocked conspiracy theories to the news that J.T. Ready, a neo-Nazi border vigilante, had died in an apparent murder-suicide outside Phoenix. For some, the blame lay with Mexican drug cartels. For others, it was the Zionist Occupied Government, or ZOG, once again silencing a [...]
Arizona Tragedy: Former Senate President Has Some Explaining to Do
Former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of his state’s draconian anti-immigrant S.B. 1070 law, issued a statement last night denouncing “the local media” for attempting to tie him to J.T. Ready, the neo-Nazi who is believed to have murdered four people earlier in the day before being shot to death himself. What an utter [...]
Military Munitions Found at Scene of Arizona Mass Murder
Investigators examining the bloody scene near Phoenix where an anti-immigrant neo-Nazi murdered four people, including a 15-month-old baby girl, turned up “chemicals and military grade munitions,” authorities just announced. J.T. Ready, a 39-year-old former National Socialist Movement leader who formed the nativist, militia-like U.S. Border Guard, was the apparent shooter before taking his own lif
Animal Rights Activist Who Promotes Violence Arrested in Detroit
Camille Marino, a radical animal liberation activist who advocates violence against scientists who use animals in their research, was arrested yesterday at Detroit’s Wayne State University after chaining herself to the school library in defiance of an order banning her from campus. Marino heads Negotiation is Over (NIO), a Florida-based group that specializes in harassing vivisectionists, [...]
Arizona Neo-Nazi, Known for Ties to Nativist Legislator, is Apparent Mass Murderer
Jason Todd Ready, one of the nation’s leading neo-Nazi and anti-immigrant activists, apparently was the gunman who carried out a deadly shooting this afternoon that left five people dead, including himself, in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert. The gunman, identified as the notorious J.T. Ready by the Arizona Republic and others, was dressed in body armor [...]

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Women in Brazil Turn to Eco-Friendly Farming in Wake of Storms
In the green belt of market gardens that feeds the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, women farmers are learning environmentally friendly techniques in response to extreme weather events and their effects on the land.
OP-ED: Carbon Doxide Emissions on the Rise as the Kyoto Era Fades
At the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the latest on-site measurements of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography reveal that global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations reached 391.3 parts per million (ppm) in 2011, up from 388.56 ppm in 2010 and from 280 ppm from pre-industrial times.
AGRICULTURE: Farm Animals Join Rio+20 Agenda
Human development and biodiversity will not be the only focus of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June, for which representatives of hundreds of states and non- governmental organisations (NGOs) will gather to discuss sustainable development.
Tribal Farming Beats Climate Change
Tribal farmer Harish Saraka has rediscovered the key to sustainable farming in this rain-dependent hinterland of eastern Odisha state – mixed cropping.
In New U.S. "Bioeconomy", Industry Trumps Environment
The White House on Thursday announced the formulation of the National Bioeconomy Blueprint, aimed at shoring up the U.S. commitment to bioscience-related research.
CLIMATE CHANGE-CARIBBEAN: Low-Cost Adaptation Measures Needed
As a result of climate change-related extreme weather events like a rise in the sea level and increasingly intense storms alternating with drought, Caribbean island nations are facing the challenge of adopting adaptation measures that could be too costly for their budgets.

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Debbie Wilson's Family Brain Injury Blog
But the unemployment rate of our youngest military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan hovers at a stunning 29 percent. .... I want us do educate about the risks after brain injury concerning anger, and self control.
Afghan soldier opens fire at U.S. troops in Afghanistan » Breaking ...
But a U.S. military official confirmed the victim was a U.S. marine while a second service member was injured, although his condition was not released. The shooting attack, apparently carried out by an Afghan National Army ...
Front & Center: Military Talk Radio
But a doctor from the Brain Injury Research Institute wanted to come on Front & Center because they know now vital troop and vet health is here in the home of the military in the United States. Then at about 11:40 a ... For Iraq- and Afghanistan- era veterans — those who separated from the military since Sept.11, 2001 — monthly jobless rates have been difficult to get a fix on because of large
UPDATE: Afghanistan, Cheap Drugs, and Soldiers – Vietnam and ...
“It's just finally a realization that in addition to physical injuries, the maimed and the injured and so forth, it's also a mental price that Canadians have to pay and many of them, and many of us, have paid that without knowing where to go.” Another reason for the jump .... report discussing this possibility. As it is, the military is famous for deliberately misdiagnosing soldiers for th
New name for PTSD could mean less stigma | Veterans for Common ...
Military officers and some psychiatrists say dropping the word “disorder” in favor of “injury” will reduce the stigma that stops troops from seeking treatment. “No 19-year-old kid wants to be told he's got a ... The relatively straightforward request, which originated with the U.S. Army, has raised new questions over the causes of PTSD, the best way to treat the condition and the barriers that
Obama Highlights New Chapter For U.S., Afghanistan - Bakersfield ...
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama on Saturday said a new chapter is afoot in Afghanistan, calling the U.S. military's impending departure an opportunity to "focus on nation building here at home" ... Saturday ... After holding his first rallies of his 2012 re-election campaign on Saturday, the White House said Obama will speak on student loan rates, the economy, and hold campaign event

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Monsanto -Nestle Patent Human Breast Milk
Politicol News - Politics News Commentary Human breast milk is produced by females which is a source of important nutrition for future generations, or is it? Under the US Patent Office, which has granted patents to natural seeds to Monsanto, now comes a new patent on … Continue reading →You just finished reading Monsanto -Nestle Patent Human Breast Milk! Consider leaving a comment!You just finish
Failed F-22 Raptor A Danger and Big Expensive Mistake for Taxpayers
Politicol News - Politics News Commentary The US Air Force has invested in the F-22 Raptor, the fastest, biggest jet they could buy and wasted almost 79 billion dollars on a jet that wasn’t necessary. The F-22 Raptor jet is made by the Locheed Martin and … Continue reading →You just finished reading Failed F-22 Raptor A Danger and Big Expensive Mistake for Taxpayers! Consider leaving a comment!Yo
France’s New President Francois Hollande
Politicol News - Politics News Commentary France’s New President Francois Hollande  A new era in French politics with a win for Francois Hollande who heads the Socialist party, while Sarkozy’s a conservative was removed from office. The win just announce one hour ago will see France’s … Continue reading →You just finished reading France's New President Francois Hollande! Consider leaving a commen
Quebec Students Clash with Police over 100 % Hike in Tuition Fees
Politicol News - Politics News Commentary Quebec Students Clash with Police over 100 % Hike in Tuition Fees Update: May 5, 2012 6: 05 p.m. Several hours ago a deal has been reached in a long battle by students protesting the province’s decision to raise tuition … Continue reading →You just finished reading Quebec Students Clash with Police over 100 % Hike in Tuition Fees! Consider leaving a comme
The Fraud of Bill Gates, Monsanto and the Vaccine Connection
Politicol News - Politics News Commentary This video is just one example of the fraud promoted by Bill Gates, who owns shares in the pharmaceuticals who develop deadly, untested vaccines for his own profit. In this CNN interview, Gates who is promoting vaccines in third world … Continue reading →You just finished reading The Fraud of Bill Gates, Monsanto and the Vaccine Connection! Consider leavi
Why Obama isn’t Smiling
Politicol News - Politics News Commentary Why Obama isn’t Smiling On his May Day surprise visit to Afghanistan under the cover of darkness, a US President addressed his nation from a foreign country, that has cost Americans their future. Usually, Pres. Barack Obama has a wide, … Continue reading →You just finished reading Why Obama isn't Smiling ! Consider leaving a comment!You just finished read

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The Source of Secularism
By @KYYellowDog Freakazoids and repugs like to pretend that secularism was invented by American communists in the 1950s, if not by Bill Ayers while mentoring Barack Obama in the 1980s. Secularism in fact arose more than 300 years ago, during the - very appropriately named - Enlightenment. Alan Charles Kors in Free Inquiry: The most influential contribution of the Enlightenment to modern thought, a
Escape the WalMart Stable, Michelle
By @KYYellowDog Among the many proofs that giant corporations own even the most populist, well-intentioned portions of our nation is the willingness of American leaders who presumably know better to promote and partner with egregious corporate criminal WalMart. Bruce A. Dixon at Black Agenda Report, via Firedoglake: Five or six years ago, Wal-Mart had a big problem. It was the largest private emp
Songs to Fight the Plutocracy By: "Hard, It Ain't Hard"
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Finally, Some Accountability on Tasering
By @KYYellowDog For years, multi-million-dollar lawsuits have failed to force local police departments to discourage knee-jerk uses of tasers, much less discipline officers who electrocute people who are sick, mentally ill, rude or plain innocent. Maybe the example of one courageous town will start to turn the tide. Susie Madrak at Crooks and Liars: This may not be the first case in the country, b
Where Electricity Could Not Trump Ideology
By @KYYellowDog As America prepares to finally leave Afghanistan, having broken the Soviet record for Time and Money Wasted in the Graveyard of Empires, two new books review the Soviet experience there and reveal that the bringing-the-wonders-of-modernization-to-the-primitives strategy never had a chance. Christian Parenti in The Nation: These days, NATO forces occupy Afghanistan, yet a few pictu
Conservatives Describe Themselves in Attacks on Liberals
By @TedFrier National Review editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg is a perfect reverse barometer of whatever it is that's making conservatives most nervous about themselves. Four years ago, when charges of actual fascism against conservatives were hitting just a little too close to home as Tea Party Republicans were veering sharply to the far right, Goldberg achieved bestseller status while throwing pur

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Your ‘Supermoon’ Images from Around the World
San Souci lighthouse and the perigee Moon, in the Dominican Republic. Credit: Goku Abreu.We asked for ‘em, and you sent ‘em in: here are great images of the perigee Moon on May 5, 2012, the largest full Moon of the year sent in by our readers.(...)Read the rest of Your ‘Supermoon’ Images from Around the World (162 words)© nancy for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | 2 comments | Post tags: Ast
Weekly SkyWatcher’s Forecast – May 7-13, 2012
NGC 2903 - Credit: Palomar Observatory Courtesy of CaltechGreetings, fellow SkyWatchers! With the Moon rising a bit later each night, it’s time to begin the galaxy hunt once again! Keep an eye on Venus as it heads quickly towards the Sun and becomes more slender and brilliant each night. Don’t forget about Mars and Saturn, too… They are both well-placed for early evening observing. When you’
Super Moon? How About a Super Sun!
Hydrogen-alpha image of the Sun on May 5, 2012. ©Alan FriedmanOn May 5, 2012, while everyone else was waiting for the “Super Moon” astrophotographer Alan Friedman was out capturing this super image of a super Sun from his back yard in Buffalo, NY!(...)Read the rest of Super Moon? How About a Super Sun! (154 words)© Jason Major for Universe Today, 2012. | Permalink | 5 comments | Post tags: Alan
The View From Freedom 7
51 years ago today, on May 5, 1961, NASA launched the Mercury-Redstone 3 rocket carrying Alan B. Shepard, Jr. aboard the Freedom 7 capsule. Shepard successfully became America’s first man in space, making a brief but historic suborbital test flight that propelled American astronauts into the space race of the 1960s.The video above is made from photographs taken by a film camera mounted to the Fre
Next Generation Military Communications Satellite Launched for US Air Force
Blastoff of the Atlas V rocket carrying the highly advanced AEHF-2 military communications satellite for the US Air Force on May 4, 2012 from Pad 41 on Cape Canaveral, Florida. Credit: Ken KremerThe second satellite in the new constellation of next generation military communications satellites for the US Air Force was successfully launched to orbit today (May 4) atop a powerful Atlas V rocket fro
The Secret Origin Story of Brown Dwarfs
Artist's impression of a Y-dwarf, the coldest known type of brown dwarf star. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)Sometimes called failed stars, brown dwarfs straddle the line between star and planet. Too massive to be “just” a planet, but lacking enough material to start fusion and become a full-fledged star, brown dwarfs are sort of the middle child of cosmic objects. Only first detected in the 1990s, their

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Europe’s “Super Sunday” Election Special
Wikimedia Commons Leaked exits via Belgium/Switzerland say Hollande 52.5-53 Greece: will ND + PASOK give a majority for the bailout? Welcome to what’s a bumper night for European elections and a very important one for the continent’s politics. In France, first polling stations don’t close until 5pm UK time and the last ones at 7pm, but if the exit polls leaked via Belgian and Swiss media are to b
How serious are Nadine’s threats against Dave?
Could the PM be ousted by his own MPs? It is almost part of the political calendar – talk of threats to party leaders on the first Sunday after each year’s May local elections. Generally the reports are pinned on unnamed “senior figures” ready to brief but not go on the record with their concerns about their leader. This morning it’s different. The comments are on the record and the dissident M
When is Boris going to return to Westminster?
When do you think Boris will return to Westminster? At a by-election before the next general election At the next general election After his mayoral term finishes in May 2016 He won’t return to the Commons      @MikeSmithsonOGH
Will Cameron go the way of Heath?
Wikimeda Commons Is the country not yet ready for a 21st century Selsdon Man? The battering the government took in this week’s local elections shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise. The line being defended – those seats last fought in 2008 – was set at the very depths of Labour’s unpopularity in office; the government is taking decisions which are making life harder for many across the c
Boris wins – YouGov wins – London divided
BBC news After an extraordinarily long wait which must throw into question the use of counting machine at elections, Boris Johnson has been returned for a second term as Mayor of London. The battle was much tighter than any of the polls had indicated with the final result being: Name Party 1st Pref % 2nd Pref % Final Total Boris Johnson CON 971,931 44.01 82,880 44.74 1,054,811 Ken Living

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Cyber Attack Or Hype Attack?
Anyone watching the news recently cannot be unaware that "cyber-war' is one of the new buzzwords in national security reporting, mostly because various government agencies are after larger slices of budget and bureaucratic power. So Mark Clayton's latest for the CS Monitor is interesting: "A major cyber attack is currently underway aimed squarely at computer networks belonging to US natural gas pi
Hollande Wins As Wall St. Worries
Belgian and Swiss news sites have leaked exit polls embargoed in France until after the election, which show Hollande winning the French presidential election with around 53 percent of the vote. Update Sarkozy has conceded. Fortune's Cyrus Sanati writes about Wall Street's fears for a "small-s socialist" France at CNN Money: Hollande has said that he would shake things up once he gets in power an
Everybody's Talkin' 'Bout the New Math, Baby
The one where a stadium filled to over three-quarters of its capacity is "empty": President Obama officially kicked off his reelection bid yesterday in Ohio, and right-wingers are informing me that OMIGOD THE HALL WAS ONLY 76.5% FULL HAR HAR HAR OBAMA HAS EMPTY STADIUM!!!1! Yes, "empty" is now a synonym on the right for "76.5% full": The Washington Post tells me that the attendance at the rally in
On Iran, Israel, and Consensus
Just Foreign Policy does its best to decapitate once and for all any lingering zombie illusions re: consensus on Iran among teh NATSEC elite: Listening to many politicians and pundits in the US and Israel, you may be led to believe that there is a consensus around the ideas that Iran is irrational, that it poses an existential threat to Israel, that it's currently trying to acquire a nuclear weapo
Australian Media Regulators Looking into Murdoch's "Fitness"
By Michael Collins The first crack in Rupert Murdoch's political facade in Australia occurred Friday, May 4. The Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) announced it was looking closely at the House of Commons committee report that declared Murdoch unfit to run an international business. ACMA licenses and regulates television broadcasting, digital communication, and radio frequen
Defense Department Whistleblowers Hung Out To Dry By Pentagon: Report
Killing the messenger may (still) be an ineffectual means of addressing and mitigating serious problems. But, as a recently-unearthed internal Pentagon report from May 2011 notes, career-killing reprisals on Defense Department whistleblowers are all-too common. R. Jeffrey Smith and Aaron Mehta of the Center for Public Integrity explain how Defense Department officials charged with investigating re

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Weekend link dump for May 6
Only 25 more shopping days until hurricane season begins. I overshare, you overshare, we overshare. I can buy Pudge Rodriguez as one of the five best catchers in baseball history. But surely we know better than to use batting average as a point of comparison, right? Especially when Gary Carter and Carlton Fisk both have a higher on base percentage than I-Rod did, as well as a higher OPS+ from play
30 day financial reports, Harris County offices
Candidates for county offices who are in contested primaries are also required to submit 30 day campaign finance reports. I’ve been going through the County Clerk’s campaign finance reports page to collect what’s there; ones for Democratic races are on the 2012 Primary page. Since I whined so piteously last time about how sucky the Clerk’s CFR page is, I am compelled to note that it has been upda
Ours aren’t the only primaries being delayed
Americans Elect has postponed theirs, but in their case litigation had nothing to do with it. The deadline for candidate ‘support clicks’ at Americans Elect Corporation was midnight last night (May 1), according to both its official Pre-Election Convention Rules and their online summary. That deadline came, and went, ten hours ago as we write. But as yet there is not hardly a peep from Americans
Check your DNS
Your computer may be infected with a virus that will cause it to lose connectivity to the Internet in July. For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections this summer. Unknown to most of them, their problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of infected computers around the world
Saturday video break: The Passenger
Song #70 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “The Passenger”, by Iggy Pop and covered by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Here’s the original: I was never into the punk/new wave scene in the 80s, so I’m largely unfamiliar with the catalog of artists like either Iggy Pop or Siouxsie and the Banshees. As such, I can’t say I’d ever heard this before. Pretty good song, just not one I know. Here’s the c
Endorsement watch: Sheriffs
The Chron endorses Sheriff Adrian Garcia for renomination. Sheriff Adrian Garcia When the incumbent took over four years ago, he faced a particularly daunting job. The sheriff’s office had been plagued by a series of controversies ranging from federal investigation of prisoner deaths in Harris County jails to legal battles about unjustified arrests. Newly elected Sheriff Adrian Garcia had his work

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Weather forecasts, which will be in May? Sudden alternations of heat waves and cold descended, risk of extreme events by Peppe Caridi
Article Tags: UK Forecast May 2012 The evolution for Tuesday 15: cold drops south! After an April rain over most of Italy, in May began with mostly stable and sunny days and mild temperatures, but also in the last two days we've had strong storms in the center / north, heavy rains, hailstorms and tornadoes. Extreme events that now occur more easily than last month, because the energy in
Coldest May Latest: Don't pack away the scarf! The bitter Bank Holiday weather is set to last until June
Article Tags: UK Forecast May 2012 #Temperatures down to -4C in Scotland overnight #Met Office long range forecast shows temperatures until beginning of June 'more likely to be above average than below average' #Nine flood warnings in place #Bournemouth tourism chief says poor weather will cost town £1m #Gardeners advised to bring vulnerable plants indoors Bitter winds, sub-zero temper
Global Warming Ad Quickly Dropped by Rachel Nuwer/ The New York Times
Article Tags: Advert, Donna Laframboise, Meetings nytimes.comA new ad campaign comparing people who believe in global warming to murderers has foundered, with its conservative sponsor pulling a digital billboard down less than 24 hours after it went up in Chicago. Drivers cruising along the city's inbound Eisenhower Expressway on Friday may have been surprised to see Theodore J. Kaczynski, kn
Solar Climate Change: Latest: Two Solar Flares Took Place Saturday 5th May
Article Tags: Solar Climate Change NASA Image SolarHam.com - Two M-Class Flares / Sunspot 1476 Solar activity increased to moderate levels thanks to newly numbered Sunspot 1476. This new region rotated into view off the northeast limb and has so far produced a pair of M-Class flares. The latest event was an M1.3 at 23:01 UTC Saturday evening. Stay Tuned to SolarHam.com as solar activity i
Paul Homewood: More on the wettest April in 100 years in the UK
Article Tags: Met Office, Paul Homewood, UK Drought Forecast 2012, UK Forecast May 2012 .....Forecast for May/June/July The Met Office have also recently issued their 3 month outlook for May to July. For temperatures, they have this to say. SUMMARY – TEMPERATURE: The balance of probability, both for May and the period May-June-July 2012, favours UK-averaged temperatures above the 1971-2000 c
Christopher Booker: How climate change has got Worldwide Fund for Nature bamboozled
Article Tags: Christopher Booker, Headline Story WWF has travelled too far from its original aim, to protect endangered species. What a strange body the WWF (formerly the World Wildlife Fund, now the Worldwide Fund for Nature) has become these days. It is the largest, richest and most influential environmental lobbying organisation in the world. Originally set up in 1961 by Julian Huxley, Prin

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rings of power
The results of the prelimanry round of the hundred metre suspect device smuggling are in: The government has ordered an inquiry into security at London's Olympic park after a worker reportedly smuggled a fake bomb onto the site. The man, who has been employed at the site for several years, allegedly carried an artificial bomb in the cabin of his digger through two checkpoints without being se
CGC - getting to plan B
OK, here's the fullest account yet of what happened this week in re the Chen Guangcheng affair; how he agreed to leave the Embassy, how he changed his mind at the urging of friends and activists, how he and they campaigned for a change of course, and how the issue was apparently resolved by a communque from the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry that he could apply to leave 'like any other C
ongoing improvements in customer service
In 2009, Walmart staff in Jiangxi beat a woman to death after accusing her of shoplifting. In 2012, Walmart staff in Shanghai merely beat someone for complaining about buying a time expired sausage. I think this corporate 'hire the local bosses favourite goons' policy needs looking at. It never works in the long run, as Tony Wilson could have told you re the Hacienda.
coming over here, splitting our motherland...
While we wait to see if Ken can pull off a shock buffoon-spitting exploit down in London - and why are we waiting so long? did you lot forget how to count all that time you were telling us you were the world's premier finncial centre? - a brief pause to congratulate Yen Hongmei Jin, who as far as anyone knows is now the world's only elected Chinese Scottish Nationalist. One of the most n
unworthy of death
Re missiles on the roof and sundry miseries. Says Bin Laden:  "Even though we have the chance to attack the British, we should not waste our effort to do so" Horse's mouth there. Obviously, dead horse, but that cuts both ways.
licking the monkey's bottom
Some phrases from the Chinese are bulging with allusion, engorged with oblique meaning and alternative explanation in a pearlescent wilderness of opacity. Others just describe what zookeepers in Wuhan get up to.  

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Why I Cannot Support Gary Johnson For President
by Walt Thiessen:    The Libertarian Party nominated Gary Johnson for President yesterday. There is one reason why I cannot support him.
Bashing Gary Johnson (II): A "strange foreign policy"
by George Dance:    Once Johnson wins the Libertarian nomination, attacks on him will increase. Recent criticism of his foreign policy is just the beginning.
American youth blamed for US embarrassment in Mid East!
by Mark Vogl:    Recent incidents in Mid East blamed on the youth leading Americans on the front lines, Obama's minions call for more discipline!
Interpreting "Somebody That I Used To Know," by Gotye
by Van Bryant, II:    A kooky-sounding break up song? Or something more?
Thomas Jefferson vs. Libertarian Mysticism
by Van Bryant, II:    Examining a popular myth.
Does Abolishing Corporate Tax Advance Individual Liberty?

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