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Saturday, August 18, 2012

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Dozens of cancer victims settle tainted groundwater suit in Florida.
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Genessee County, MI Elections Officials Report Another ES&S Optical Scan System Failure
By Ernest A. Canning and Brad Friedman We now have yet another ominous sign of trouble that may be on the horizon for this November's election. As if we needed yet another sign. And, once again, the concerns come via failures on paper ballot-based optical-scan computer tally systems. Election officials in Genessee County, Michigan have acknowledged failures by the county's M-100 model optical-
Compulsive namecallers: nutter, conspiracy theorist, anti-semitic, denier — trying to censor through denigration
Got no evidence? Can’t hold a rational discussion? Just call people names — smear them. David Evans (my other half) pointed out that anyone who opposed the regulating class gets called a racist sooner or later (see those quotes at the end). Now it’s happened to him. Two weeks after getting a mention of climate “feedbacks” into The Age, he’s being called antisemitic. And on what basis? Wait for it…
There Was So Much Rock'n'Roll In The Political News This Week
Let's see... Rage Against The Machine, Pussy Riot, Megadeth... Green Day. That's the official video for Green Day's new single, "Oh Love" from the first album in a trilogy they're releasing: ¡Uno! (September 25), ¡Dos! (November 13) and ¡Tré! (January 15). A reporter once asked Billie Jo if musicians ought to be putting political content into their music. He looked at the condescending asshole and
Cows being fed rejected candy during drought
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Radioactive Rats, Nuclear Techno Geeks And Life In The Damage Control Continuum
by Richard Wilcox, PhD There is no such thing as society. - Margaret Thatcher, England’s prime minister, 1987 (1) If there is a single, metaphysical idea that I have dedicated my life’s work to [exposing], it is that the greatest evil, the greatest destructive force, in terms of thought, is nominalism…the idea that there is no intrinsic connection among objects in classes of things….that the only

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Scrutiny for Casino Mogul’s Frontman in China
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The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers
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The Corbett Report
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Global Warming Hysteria and Food World Order
Tonight on the program we tackle the latest wave of PR propaganda for the manmade global warming hoax by delving beyond the headlines and examining some of the latest claims of the catastrophists. In the second half of the program we are joined by James Evan Pilato for our FoodWorldOrder.com update, and James makes a special announcement about the future of the FoodWorldOrder series on Corbett Rep
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#TrapWire Exposed with Andrew Blake
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New World Next Week – 2012/08/16
Welcome to New World Next Week – 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: Is Israel Trying To Lead The US To War With Iran? http://ur1.ca/9yfqw Why Do Israeli Media Keep Predicting War with Iran? http://ur1.ca/9yfr1 Israel Would Strike Iran to Gain a Few Years, Oren Says http:/

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Spurgeon Keeny
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Ayatollah’s Pregnant Pause
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MN court backtracks on pesticide drift
The Supreme Court of Minnesota recently issued a disappointing ruling on the legal rights of organic farmers faced with pesticide drift from neighboring farms. As we reported some months ago, Oluf and Debra Johnson went to the courts when they lost their organic certification (and their crops) due to pesticide drift. They were looking for compensation for these losses, as well as future protectio
Why GE labeling is Monsanto's worst nightmare
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“The Original Shabiha,” by Mohammad D.
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Google’s special doodle for Independence day
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Punk Band Pussy Riot Jailed In Russia For Engaging In Freedom Of Expression—The Work Of Freedom Is Up To Each Of Us
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I Am At Home When I Am In Motion—Every Place Has Value
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Sun Shower Through Impressionist Windshield
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Shall we get an ad hominem out of the way first? That Julian Assange, he's a bit of a tit, isn't he?Right, down to business. To say there are as many layers to the whole Assange circus as there are in an onion is to probably understate things. Quite clearly, he has a case to answer in Sweden. For this to have all been a set-up or ruse by two women serving US interests, as some of the more ridi
These people are insane.
Bartle Breese Bull in the New York Times knows exactly what the Syrian rebels need to bring down Assad:Only a shift in military momentum will end such talk. The balance of power that currently favors Mr. Assad could easily be overturned. Providing the rebels with as few as 500 Stinger missiles and 1,000 tank-busting R.P.G.-7’s could potentially cut the conflict’s length in half. And grounding
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Suspects in Louisiana Cop Killings May be ‘Sovereign Citizens’
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Barnard’s Star: No Sign of Planets
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Into the Uncanny Valley
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American election process is broken, no discussion of the real issues
by Mark Vogl:    In 2012 the quality and calibre of the general citizenship is the reason why we have mediocore candidates and no discussion of the issues!
The Most Boring Election Season EVER!
by Bill Gee:    My thoughts on the most expensive presidential election season in History...BORING!
Tea Party Unmasked As Just Another Republican Front
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The Affordable Heath Care Act's "Papa John's Loophole"
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Obsidian Wings
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your "it's shite being Scottish" open thread
by liberal japonicus As you probably know, from the iconic NSFW speech in Trainspotting. It's a speech I have my students work thru for English phonetics and that I love for a number of reasons, but that's just a hook to hang this Guardian article on the DNA of the people of Scotland. Scotland, he told the Edinburgh international book festival, despite a long-held belief that its ethnic m
Fruitbasket turnover
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Complificating Matters
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I'm in your body, getting all yr data
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News Center PK
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Missing Persons: Subversive Activities in Balochistan
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14th August: Reminder of ‘Unity’
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