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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

25 July - Blogs I'm Following II

Florida puppeteer Ronald William Brown accused in child porn case

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 minutes ago
*(CNN) -- On his website, Ronald William Brown posed with puppets, boasted about birthday party performances and offered workshops for school groups.* Now the 57-year-old Florida man is behind bars, facing federal charges of conspiring to kidnap a child and possessing child pornography. Authorities accuse the puppeteer of having graphic discussions online about abusing, kidnapping, killing and eating children, according to court documents. He was arrested in Largo, Florida, last week and appeared in federal court Tuesday. A 29-page criminal complaint filed in federal court include... more »

Lions eat Black Swans

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 21 minutes ago
There was a period there after the crashes of 20o7 when everyone started talking about “Black Swan events.” These were random events happening out of the blue that take everyone by surprise. It was suddenly all the rage to talk about Black Swans. According to the hype, we were now living through one of these Black Swan events . (Even ACT's Heather Roy got caught up in the hype, before one came up and nipped her in the arse.) But guess what, people. The crash, the recession, the credit crisis … none of these were Black Swans. A Black Swan event is something truly random and unable... more »

SeaWorld orca attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 minutes ago

Holmes sent package to university

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 24 minutes ago
(CNN) -- Authorities on Monday discovered a package in a mailroom at the University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus apparently sent by the alleged gunman responsible for the theater shooting that left 12 people dead and scores injured, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation said Wednesday. It was sent to the school's campus in Aurora, where the suspect, James Holmes, had recently dropped out of a Ph.D. program in neuroscience. CBS News reported that the package was addressed to a psychologist at the university. "Sources say the letter was from a pent-up Holme... more »

Barclays executive Jerry del Missier given £8.75m pay-off Instead of Punishment

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes ago
*Mr del Missier, the bank’s former chief operating officer who resigned three weeks ago, is understood to have negotiated the deal with Barclays’ outgoing chairman Marcus Agius in the days before he quit. The pay-out looks certain to trigger another political storm over bankers’ pay.* Mr del Missier was one of Barclays’ highest-paid executives, receiving a salary and bonus package for 2011 worth £6.7m plus a further £10.8m from share awards from previous years. He became co-head of the investment bank in January 2011, when former chief executive Bob Diamond was promoted to the top ... more »

How al Qaeda can grow in Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes ago
*U.S. officials and experts on Al Qaeda agree that al Qaeda has a presence among the opposition in Syria. But how strong are they? How deeply do they influencet the opposition? * At the Aspen Security Forum all you have to do to find an opinion on that is stand under the aspen trees and wait for an expert to saunter by. I button-holed Richard Barrett, coordinator of a New-York-based team appointed to advise the Security Council on the effective development and implementation of sanctions aimed at al Qaeda and the Taliban. “There’s no doubt at all that some of the people who refer to... more »

Israel's Barak calls for swifter action against Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes ago
*Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak called on Wednesday for major powers to speed up efforts to stop Iran's nuclear programme, cautioning it would be tougher to confront it once Tehran managed to cross an atomic threshold.* Israeli media interpreted Barak's comments as pushing for a possible Israeli strike against Iran to stop a project the West sees as a drive to achieve nuclear weapons though Tehran denies seeking nuclear weapons, saying its programme is intended solely for peaceful purposes. "I am very well aware and know in depth the difficulties and complexity involved in pre... more »

Syrian Detour: Syria Threatens No One

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 28 minutes ago
I have not put up an article about the situation in Syria for a while. I have long called the war by the criminals in both the United States and the criminal state of Israel the "Syrian Detour" because it should have been obvious that these monsters want a war against Syria due to its military alliance with Iran. They have always hoped that by triggering a war against Syria, they could get their long sought and cherished war against Iran off and running. It does not matter to these sick twisted maniacs that such a war could also see Russian and Chinese involvement in a global th... more »

Silence and Denial:Official Israeli and Iranian Statements Demonstrate a Double Standard

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 30 minutes ago
Burgas, Bulgaria - July 18, 2012 Tehran, Iran - January 11, 2012 Reacting to the immediate Israeli accusations that Iran was behind the blast that killed Israeli tourists in Burgas, Bulgaria, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, insisted, "The Islamic Republic of Iran, which itself is the biggest victim of terrorism, considers any act that endangers the lives of innocent people in order to fulfill illegitimate political objectives as inhumane and strongly condemns it." The official IRNA news agency quoted Mehmanparast as saying, "The Zionist regime, which had a direct... more »

Ron Paul & Sherry Boehlert-- Republicans Without A Home

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 32 minutes ago
*Maybe Ron Paul Will Get Luckier On His Third Try* No matter what you want to say about Ron Paul, you can't deny the man is an independent thinker who has made some valuable contributions to our political system, certainly more so than most Members of Congress. And, after 2 dozen years in Congress he's retiring now. So he humbly requested that Romney allow him to address the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Romney had some flunky tell him no. Congressman Paul asked again. Romney said no again. I don't agree with everything Ron Paul has to say; in fact I disagree with most o... more »

Jay D. Jurie : Gotham and the Real World

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 35 minutes ago
Aurora, Colorado: Gotham and the real world Particularly when the economy is in decline and the political environment is in disarray, these suburbs lend themselves to what Thoreau called 'lives of quiet desperation.' By Jay D. Jurie / The Rag Blog / July 25, 2012 "Violence is as American as Cherry Pie" -- Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) Violence has come to be understood by many,

Jack A. Smith : What's Really Happening in Syria?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 37 minutes ago
Free Syrian Army fighter near Idlib, Syria. Photo by Khalil Hamra / AP. What's really happening in Syria? The principal Obama Administration target in this complex affair is Iran, not Syria. The Syrian government must fall because it is Iran's main Arab ally. By Jack A. Smith / The Rag Blog / July 26, 2012 After several months of talking diplomacy while simultaneously strengthening rebel

Russia accuses US of justifying terrorism in Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 41 minutes ago
BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has accused the United States of justifying terrorism against the Syrian government. He also spoke against Western countries’ unilateral sanctions on Syria. Sergei Lavrov said, "Speaking about the sanctions, including the 17th package of sanctions against Syria which was just passed several days ago, we are against unilateral sanctions in principle. We are for collective discussions of any issues. Unfortunately, when the European Union, the United States, and other countries started to impose unilateral sancti... more »

Olympics: Apology for North Korea in wrong flag row

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 43 minutes ago
*Olympic organisers have apologised to the North Korean women's football team after their images were shown on a screen beside a South Korean flag*. Kick-off at Glasgow's Hampden Park on the first day of the Games' sporting action was delayed for about an hour. The venue is hosting two matches later as the men's football competition - which also features Team GB v Senegal at Old Trafford - gets under way. The penultimate day of the torch relay sees the flame visit Buckingham Palace. Meanwhile, a crowd of about 60,000 people turned up at Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, f... more »

Britain sinks far deeper into recession than forecast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
*(Reuters) - Britain's economy shrank far more than expected in the second quarter, battered by everything from an extra public holiday to government spending cuts and the neighbouring euro zone crisis.* Chancellor George Osborne said figures released on Wednesday showed Britain had "deep-rooted economic problems," adding that the slump in the second quarter was disappointing even when taking into account one-off factors that hurt. Britain's gross domestic product fell 0.7 percent from the first three months, the sharpest drop since the height of the global financial crisis in ear... more »

Beijing's Rainstorm Reports Removed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago

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