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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

19 September Blogs I'm Following III

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Cheating by students can be discussed!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012* *Cheating by teachers cannot:* On Monday, we mentioned three key facts good mainstream journalists mustn’t discuss. In the featured editorial of that day’s New York Times, one of those facts got deep-sixed. In its featured editorial, the Times recommended the use of student test scores in teacher evaluations. Early on, the paper listed three bad things which can happen if student test scores aren’t used: NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL (9/17/12): *Traditional teacher evaluations often consist of cursory classroom visits by principals who declare nearly ever... more »

Robin van Helsum: Fake 'Forest Boy' who claimed to have lost his memory disappears AGAIN (just as police prepared to sue him for £20,000 for cost of his care)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*German authorities will not be able to sue the 'Forest Boy' over his false claim to be an amnesiac orphan and needed expensive care - because he has vanished.* Robin van Helsum, 20, turned up out of the blue in Berlin a year ago posing as a 17-year-old who had lived in a forest with his father for years until the man suddenly died. 'Ray' told the authorities that he had lost his memory after burying his father two weeks earlier. He then lived in the city at the taxpayer's expense for ten months, until he was exposed as a fantasist in June, when his photo was circulated around th... more »

Crispy Clark's Sarah Palin Moment

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
British Columbia's unelected, unelectable and outgoing premier, Christy Clark, apparently doesn't like her job any more. She's beginning to sound like a mid-term Sarah Palin. *...Clark says she tries to avoid working at the legislature because there's "no real people in Victoria" and the "sick culture" is unhealthy.* *Clark, whose government cancelled the regularly scheduled fall session of the legislature, blasted working conditions in the provincial capital during an interview with a Vancouver-based columnist for the National Post.* *"I try never to go over there. Because it's ... more »

On the streets of London, not that you'd know from the BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
The first speaker is unintelligible, the second speaker from 1:15 is more understandable than the first but not someone you'd really want to have over for dinner. This video is from a demonstration in London earlier this week. *Thanks to Daphne Anson for the video spot.*

Graph of the Day: Mitt Romney’s America

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
[image: U.S. household income brackets, with suggested labels by Mitt Romney: 'Middle Class', 'Need Tax Cuts', and the 47 percent of Americans who are 'Irresponsible deadbeats who pay no taxes'. tamino.wordpress.com] Graph by Tamino, 19 September 2012 By Rick Ungar 17 September 2012 David Corn of *Mother Jones Magazine* has obtained a video recording of Mitt Romney speaking to a small group of wealthy contributors at a fundraiser wherein the Republican candidate reveals what he *really* thinks of people who he expects to vote for President Barack Obama. When asked by a guest how... more »

Nick Clegg Apologises for breaking his election promise not to increase university tuition fees

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*The Liberal Democrat leader has apologised for breaking an election promise not to increase university tuition fees.* Speaking ahead of the party conference in Brighton, the Deputy Prime Minister apologised for supporting a rise in university tuition fees when the party had pledged not to support an increase before the last General Election. It now cost students up to £9,000 a year. In a new party political broadcast to be aired nationally on Monday evening, Mr Clegg said: "There's no easy way to say this: we made a pledge, we didn't stick to it - and for that I am sorry." Read M... more »

SaLuSa, September 19, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
Mike Quinsey - SaLuSa, September 19, 2012 SaLuSa, September 19, 2012 This year has sped by and so far there have been less incidents than you might have expected. It has neither been catastrophic as many prophesied, or fulfilled the promise of changes that are to lift you up. Yet, your consciousness levels have increased quite substantially and Ascension is still assured. Looking all around it is apparent that the Institutions that have held prominent places in your world, are in stages of collapse from which there is no escape. The truth is as expected revealing much about ... more »

There Is An Invigorating, Sparkling Crackle In The Air

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
* * *There is an invigorating, sparkling crackle in the air* September 19, 2012 by John Smallman Humanity’s awakening is moving ahead very auspiciously as the divine energies you are availing of to help you on your way continue to strengthen and intensify with each passing day. If you could really comprehend what you are achieving as you focus on being loving at all times, and by sharing your love indiscriminately with all with whom you interact, you would be absolutely flabbergasted. You are on Earth at this point in humanity’s spiritual evolution for precisely this purpose, an... more »

You Are Gearing Up For The Enormous Changes That Lie Just Ahead

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
You are gearing up for the enormous changes that lie just ahead 09/19/2012 by John Smallman You are gearing up for the enormous changes to your mode of living that lie just ahead. Your energetic frequencies are being adjusted to cope with the astronomical increases in energy that will shortly be available for you to access, should you so wish, and most of you will because then your creativity will burst forth dynamically, offering limitless new directions to explore and enjoy. You are creative beings, but within the illusion your abilities have been very severely restricted, a... more »

Booming costs . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
UNLIKE FINE VINTAGE WINES, nuclear warheads don't get better with age. According to Dana Priest's article, "The B61 bomb: A case study in costs and needs" at The Washington Post, Uncle Sugar is concerned, because the B61 is over 50 years old as a design. It's a two-stage radiation implosion design, officially dating to 1963, developed from the Swan Device of 1956, which was the first use of

Tarsands Keystone blockaders lockdown arrested in Winnsboro, Texas Sept. 19 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
BREAKING: Three Blockaders Lock Themselves to Keystone XL Machinery Categories: Tar Sands Blockade, Uncategorized ** *Reposted from http://tarsandsblockade.org/4th-action/* *Sept. 19, 2012* *UPDATE: 11:30AM* – Five arrests made at Keystone XL construction site outside Winnsboro, Texas. Three brave blockaders locked to tree clear-cutting machinery delayed operations at the site for the morning. Join us in celebrating our latest crew of brave blockaders: Doug is a former Exxon employee turned climate justice activist, Sam is an author of a pending book on Keystone XL, and R.C. is ... more »

Photo ops

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 11 hours ago
So tired last night, apparently I saved this as a draft instead of publishing it. So publishing now: Today was a travel day. I'm back from a few glorious days at the beach. Weather was perfect until this morning. We woke up to gale force winds. Much flying of chairs off the deck. Half the shells the kids collected blew away. It was high tide. The roiling surf was vicious, slapping at the bottom of the stairs to the beach. It was an eventful trip home. I'm skipping the Mittanic schadenfreude over David Corn's release of the unedited Romney tapes and posting a couple of photo ops I ... more »

Keith Ellison's Inclusive Prosperity Act

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Instead of waiting for Obama and Boehner to cobble together some "Grand Bargain" on November 7, Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Keith Ellison decided to give them a headstart with some commonsense legislation that just about everyone in the country-- other than hedge-fund managers and Rush Limbaugh-- would probably embrace. This week Ellison introduced H.R. 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, "to impose a tax on certain trading transactions to strengthen our financial security, expand opportunity, and stop shrinking the middle class." So far there are 8 co-sponsors, John ... more »

Mitt Romney's Presidential Death Rattle

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Mitt & Ann Go Jet Skiing There are two lines that rolled off Mitt Romney's lips that he can neither escape nor survive. *“All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”* *“My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” * Romney, try as he will, cannot get out fr... more »

Deposit flight from Europe banks eroding common currency

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: Customers queue to enter a National Bank of Greece SA branch in Athens. An accelerating flight of deposits from banks in four European countries is jeopardizing the renewal of economic growth and undermining a main tenet of the common currency: an integrated financial system. Angelos Tzortzinis / Bloomberg] By Yalman Onaran 19 September 2012 An accelerating flight of deposits from banks in four European countries is jeopardizing the renewal of economic growth and undermining a main tenet of the common currency: an integrated financial system. A total of 326 billion euro... more »

China Cleans up After Angry Anti-Japan Protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*China was returning to normalcy Wednesday after angry protests over Japan's wartime occupation and Tokyo's recent purchase of islands also claimed by Beijing. * Beijing sanitation workers were using high-pressure hoses to erase the stains of paint bombs hurled at the Japanese Embassy the day before. Road blocks were removed, allowing for normal traffic around the embassy, and police shooed pedestrians away. Japanese shops, restaurants and factories in China that closed to avoid being targeted by protesters were open again. Large and sometimes violent anti-Japan protests roiled man... more »

Study finds tumors in rats fed on Monsanto's GM corn

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*(Reuters) - In a study that prompted criticism from other experts, French scientists said on Wednesday that rats fed on Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller suffered tumors and multiple organ damage.* Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said ra]ts fed on a diet containing NK603 - a seed variety made tolerant to dousings of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller - or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet. Experts not involved in the study were highl... more »

Random nerdery

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 12 hours ago
These guys often go over my head, but this epic xkcd cartoon is easy to understand and it's not hyperbole to say it's the most incredible ever. Warning: Don't click the link unless you have at least ten minutes to look at it all. And I'm too excited for this December release. First trailer for the new Hobbit movie is finally out: [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

They're Like Junkies, They Really Are

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
We know that existing, known fossil fuel reserves already on the books of global energy companies are five times greater than the maximum amount of fossil fuel we can consume and hope to remain within the 2C safety mark for global warming. Put another way, four fifths of the known resources need to be left in the ground, unused, at least until we have in place the necessary systems to strip massive volumes of CO2 and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Western governments and the emerging economies say they get it. Global warming must be acted upon. We have to sharply c... more » 

Wednesday Afternoon Video

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago

Engineered Viruses Created in Government Labs Validate Mass Vaccinations

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Susanne Posel, *Contributor* Canadian researchers have concluded that the H1N1 flu shot is more dangerous than the flu it purports to protect against. The timing of this study’s release coincided with North America and certain parts of Europe preparing to promote massive vaccination efforts on their citizens. Under a propaganda pandemic campaign to fear the public into having the inoculation, this study placed a snag in their plans. At the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), study author Dr. Danuta Skowronski explained that in 2008 a study s... more »

Attorney General Investigates Energy Drink Claims, Ingredients, and Safety

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Elizabeth Renter Are the makers of energy drinks purposefully misleading consumers about their benefits and ingredients? That’s what New York’s attorney general is hoping to find out. According to the Wall Street Journal, AG Eric T. Schneiderman issued subpoenas to PepsiCo Inc., the maker of Monster energy drinks and more. The documents asked the corporate giant to submit information on their marketing practices. But given the beverages’ damage-causing capabilities, it isn’t surprising to see energy drinks in the negative spotlight once again. *More Negative Spotlight on Energ... more »

QE3 Blowing Up the Debt Bubble

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
James Hall, *Contributor* It begins . . . the latest downgrade of credit worthiness for the former titan reserve currency. As reality strikes, financial confidence goes negative. Forget the pump-and-dump equity markets, just how long will it be before the bondholders demand higher interest rates to cover their risk? Ben Shalom Bernanke answers this concern with intentions to keep rates near zero. Pure escapism out of the strange world of banksters’ hubris - faces the rating agencies. US Credit Rating Cut by Egan-Jones ... Again Ratings firm Egan-Jones cut its credit rating on th... more »

What we learned from Oliver North!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012* *That fact is politically dangerous:* For what it’s worth, that fact about the 47 percent is politically dangerous. But first: In July 1987, we learned a valuable lesson from watching Oliver North. North testified on network TV about the Iran-contra matter. He had never been seen in public before. We thought he was an absolute clown. Late that day, we chuckled as we went to the pool to swim some laps. A few days later, the polling came in. The American public was in love with the wonderful Oliver North! Within a few years, the public’s view of North... more »

Western Press Is Fine With Insulting Islam's Prophet, But Telling The Truth About 9/11? Never

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
I don't mind the ugly depictions of Muhammad in the Western press. That is what freedom of speech is all about. America is great because it values and protects freedom of speech. But there must be consistency. Principles matter. Why is the Western press covering up the truth about 9/11? Is the 9/11 lie too much of a taboo subject? The press is hiding behind the claim of "This is Free Speech" when it comes to *provoking the Muslim world* and insulting its prophet, but it is silent about Israel's crimes against humanity and its false flag deceptions. This is wrong. Why not insult th... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*Arrest made in LSU bomb threat *

MISUSE THE CHILDREN WELL: Wisecracking history!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012* *Part 2—Gail Collins leaves no joke behind:* About twenty percent of Gail Collins' new book is devoted to the Texas public schools, a topic she seems to know little about. It’s much as some reviewers said (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 9/18/12). Her work on the Texas schools is full of “jokey asides”—jokey asides which drive her “wisecracking polemical style.” And alas! Collins’ work on the Texas schools is also characterized by the leaps of logic about which major reviewers complained. To all appearances, the jokey asides and the logical leaps help Collins... more »

Military Industrial Empire Thrives on Turmoil

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art PA Farruggio You can call it karma or blowback, whatever makes you happy. The bottom line is that what America is now facing both internationally and domestically is all due to being a military industrial empire. The protesters in the streets overseas are in countries that most of us here at home would have difficulty finding on a map, for goodness sake! The majority of those folks are not out there because of some inflammatory YouTube film. Perhaps the ultra fanatical Islamists may wish to have that the rallying point of the protests … to then better control the... more »

It's not always about the money

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 13 hours ago
After eight months in Copan Ruinas, I’m finally getting 10-lempira moto-taxi rides. It’s a big moment. Not because of the money, mind you. My experience is that foreigners typically pay two or even three times as much as the locals for a moto-taxi ride here, but we’re still talking a difference of no more than 50 cents or a buck per ride. But I admit to being bugged by the two-tiered charges these past few months, and am happy for whatever threshold I just crossed that led me to being viewed differently by the moto-taxi guys. I don’t know what changed, but I’ll take it. Moto-tax... more »

Google Street View Camera Captures Man Aiming Gun at Google Car in Detroit

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
It would be so fun to drive around in one of those Google street view cars, wouldn’t it? Happily capturing the world around you so it can be carefully digitized and archived for everyone with an Internet connection to see. Except for like, when you drive through a rough urban area and happen to have a large gun pointed at you. A Redditor published a screencap from a Google Maps street view camera today that shows a gaggle of young men and one woman hanging out on a front porch in Detroit. Innocent enough, except that one of the young men is holding what looks to be a shotgun. As th... more »

Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
The Chronicle Daniel J. Solove When the government gathers or analyzes personal information, many people say they're not worried. "I've got nothing to hide," they declare. "Only if you're doing something wrong should you worry, and then you don't deserve to keep it private." The nothing-to-hide argument pervades discussions about privacy. The data-security expert Bruce Schneier calls it the "most common retort against privacy advocates." The legal scholar Geoffrey Stone refers to it as an "all-too-common refrain." In its most compelling form, it is an argument that the privacy i... more »

The Zionist-NeoCon Press Is Provoking The Muslim Masses Against America And The West

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
Justin Raimondo - *The ‘Pro-Israel’ Network Behind the Innocence Video*. Zero Hedge - *French Magazine Portrays Prophet Mohammad Naked In Cartoons, Set To Further Infuriate Muslim World*. Thierry Meyssan - *Blasphemy as a tactic*. Gordon Duff - *Muslims Pawns of Israel and Romney in US Attacks*. Veterans Today/Press TV - *Zionists, NATO fuel anti-Islam war*. Veterans Today/Press TV - *US-Made Anti-Islam Film, Zionist False Flag Operation: Analyst*. An excerpt from Jim Fetzer's article, *"“Innocence of Muslims”, the GOP and World War III"*: *We are being told by ABC News that Iran... more »

The only sector where you can’t have a union is the only one with no health and safety rules? Explain, please…

david at Alberta Diary - 13 hours ago
Alabama farm workers in 1935 – not so different from Alabamberta farmworkers in 2012. Below: Premier Alison Redford. LETHBRIDGE, Alberta Literally everybody – and that includes Alberta Premier Alison Redford – knows that permitting an industry to “voluntarily” self-regulate the health and safety of its own workers amounts to a load of a very common ... more »

Jim Rigby : Religion is No Longer Adequate

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 13 hours ago
The Dalai Lama. Image from Nulla dies sine linea. Dalai Lama: Religion is no longer adequate There is a growing realization that something is being born in between what we call “religion” and what we call “atheism.” By Jim Rigby / The Rag Blog / September 19, 2012 Last Monday the Dalai Lama posted on his Facebook blog: All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love,

Talk Like A Pirate!

Southern Man at Southern Man - 13 hours ago
Avast, maties, it's Talk Like A Pirate Day 2012! To view this blog in Pirate Talk click here.


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
Clarke v R, 2012 CMAC 3 has a useful review of the law regarding credibility: [39] Several basic principles inform my decision on this ground of appeal. [40] First, witnesses are not "presumed to tell the truth". A trier of fact must assess the evidence of each witness, in light of the totality of the evidence adduced in the proceedings, unaided by any presumption, except perhaps the presumption of innocence: *R. v Thain*, 2009 ONCA 223, 243 CCC (3d) 230, at para 32. [41] Second, a trier of fact is under no obligation to accept the evidence ... more »

Pic o' the Day

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
I should've made this yesterday since that was the 42nd anniversary of Hendrix's death. But better late than never, I suppose.

Israel military holds largest snap drill in years

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The Israeli military on Wednesday conducted its largest snap drill in years as tensions with Iran over its nuclear program rise and civil war in neighboring Syria rages. Military chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz ordered the exercise to test the competence and preparedness of several units in the armed forces, a military statement said. It called the drill in northern and central Israel "part of a routine inspection" that "does not indicate any changes" in the country's alert levels. Tens of thousands of soldiers were mobilized for the exercise, including artillery and air force personne... more »

"Fundamentals" Frustration

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
John Sides isn't quite as frustrated yet about the idea that the economic "fundamentals" of the 2012 cycle make a Mitt Romney victory so inevitable that anything else needs to some fantastic explanation as he is at misreporting of independent voters, but I think he's getting close to breaking out the all-caps. (Short version again: the prediction models are basically predicting a close race; as I read them, it's with Barack Obama as a slight favorite, but it really depends on how you look at it -- some models predict a Republican win, some a Democratic victory). I think the level o... more »

The False Equivalency Blues

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Everybody's getting all bent out of shape from the latest eruption of false equivalency. In the wake of the Mitt Romney odium, conservatives like Ross Douthat can't resist tying Mitt's remarks to those of then-candidate Obama at a San Francisco fundraiser in 2008. Rust Belt types of folks, Obama had been recorded saying, are bitter clingers to their guns and religion. The critics are right -- this particular comparison *is* false equivalency, because Obama tempered his remarks with a modicum of sympathy for the poor and downtrodden of Swing States, USA. Unlike Mitt. Well, we all kn... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 14 hours ago
*Space Shuttle Endeavour's final flyover path included Michoud ~WWL* *~Near Causeway * *Community meeting set to discuss sinkhole updates ~The Advocate* *Isaac costs Entergy at least $400 million* *Corps seeks public input on Audubon Fly/Carrollton Levee project* *Public Transit Tuesdays: Atlanta via Megabus ~Megan Braden-Perry, Gambit* *Smashburger comes to Magazine Street, and Saucy's smokes - sort of ~My Spilt Milk* *Best of the Bayou Festival!* *Harvest the Music Today Lafayette Square!*

2012 wildfire season likely to break U.S. record for most acres burned

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image on 15 September 2012. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fires. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC] Caption by Adam Voiland 19 September 2012 Wildfires have burned throughout the western United States for months. Major blazes first emerged in New Mexico in May, then began to turn up in Colorado and Idaho in large numbers. Most recently, fires have surged in ... more »

Thomson Reuters bets on teleported higgsless Nobel

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
*Breaking news:* Dr Joseph Conlon, a string theorist at Oxford cooperating with the Royal Society as well, just sent me a link to their new cute website called: *WhyStringTheory.COM*. Recommended! The physics Nobel prize winners for 2012 will be announced on Tuesday, October 9th. As the Montreal Gazette and others mention, Thomson Reuters that often publishes its guesses – with mixed results – has made a somewhat strange prediction for this year's award. David Pendlebury of Thomson Reuters uses his alchemist Al Gore Rhythm based on the Web of Knowledge to guess the winners. Wh... more »

Summer drought proves deadly for Colorado bears

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
18 September 2012 (CBS NEWS) ASPEN, Colorado – Colorado wildlife officials predicted drought conditions this spring indicated a deadly summer for bears. Now it's known just how bad the year has been, CBS station KCNC reports. Colorado Parks and Wildlife had to kill more than 30 bears this summer after animals foraging for food ventured into various towns, according to Wildlife Manager Perry Will. Some were bears that had been relocated but returned and continued to cause problems. Aspen police respond to nearly 20 reports every night of nuisance bears rummaging through dumpster... more »

Report: The Age of Western Wildfires

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Fires on U.S. Forest Service land, 1970-2011. The annual number of wildfires greater than 1,000 acres on U.S. Forest Service Land has been increasing at a supralinear rate. climatecentral.org] 18 September 2012 (Climate Central) – The 2012 wildfire season isn’t over yet, but already this year is shaping up to be the one of the worst on record in the American West. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, with nearly two months still to go in the fire season, the total area already burned this year is 30 percent more than in an average year, and fires have consume... more »

Romney Secret Video: How I Would Bomb America

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*Further secret filming of Mitt Romney has emerged, with the US presidential candidate appearing to declare how he would carry out a terrorist attack on America if he was leader of Iran.* It coms after footage of the Republican secretly being filmed telling donors his job was "not to worry" about the 47% of American voters who back President Obama because they pay no income tax and depend on the state for healthcare, food and housing. At the same donors meeting, held in Florida in May, Mr Romney said: "If I were Iran, a crazed fanatic, I'd say let's get a little fissile material to... more »

WotW: Get Your Voice Heard on Capitol Hill

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
With the presidential elections coming up in less than two months, there's a lot of political discussion going on. Personally, I think the power of the President is vastly overstated. We tend to put the blame for everything bad on the current president and anything that goes well surely must have been his doing too. For more on this, see the Freakonomics website. So, if the president doesn't matter that much, who does? Congress. These are the elected officials from your state who have the power to craft and vote on bills that become law, and those laws directly affect your life. If ... more »

Professional Academic Philosophers: Actively support the Gendered Conference Campaign - Petition

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 15 hours ago
A call to support the Gendered Conference Campaign. "We call on all philosophers - male and female, junior and senior - not to organize male-only or male-almost-only conferences,workshops, or edited volumes." Here's the petition site. I have signed the petition and, on request submitted the following official motivation: Academic philosophy has a gender problem and has had one for a long time. If nothing else, this becomes obvious when philosophy is compared to other academic areas when it comes to representation at higher levels of professional status and controlled for results i... more »

Morning Link, with Commentary, on the Shrinking Place of Theory in Sociology and IR

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
I'm crashing on multiple deadlines, so in lieu of "morning linkage".... Last night I was in a twitter conversation with Phil Arena and Kindred Winecoff about Fabio Rojas' recent post at orgtheory.net concerning the incredible shrinking vocation of social theory. Roja's observations echoe themes that we've been talking about at the Duck, both in print and in PTJ and my 10 August 2012 podcast (m4a). After quoting Kieran Healy's excerpt from his grad-level sociological theory syllabus -- about the incredible shrinking character of social theory -- Rojas argues that: - A humanit... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Tegan and Sara Quin, 32. Been a while, so right to the good stuff: 1. Gaffes. Or as John Sides refers to them, "gaffes." Yeah, don't get carried away. 2. Lots of good items written the last couple days on Mitt Romney's fundraiser comments, but beyond John on the electoral politics of it I'll just link to a nice one by Jonathan Cohn about entitlements, and another nice one by Suzy Khimm about taxes and welfare. 3. Floyd Norris on job growth, public and private, through history. 4. Noah Millman on Romney's Libya comments and his foreign policy ideas. 5. And Paul Wa... more »

Reality Check: Afghan Attacks on U.S. Soldiers “trending” in the Wrong Direction

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
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Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) -- The U.S. temporarily closed its consulate in Indonesia's third-largest city Wednesday due to ongoing protests over an anti-Islam film produced in America. * About 300 members of the pan-Islamic movement Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia rallied Wednesday morning in front of the consulate in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province. Later, about 50 Muslim students protested, marking the third straight day of demonstrations there. Both groups called on Washington to punish the makers of the film, "Innocence of Muslims," which denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. The e... more »

Journey for Education Justice Campaign

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
*ht to Stan Karp:* * * *“Journey for Justice” is a national campaign against school closings led by parents, youth and community activists. Supporters from more than a dozen states, including NJ, will head to Washington, DC this Thursday and Friday to highlight this issue and the need for alternative models of school improvement and transformation. Details and contact info below.* *Journey for Justice ** 2012* *The Ride for Education Justice** * *September 20-21 2012, Washington, D.C.* *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6X5rRI7MyE&feature=youtu.be*** *SEPTEMBER 20** * *Rally @ Central ... more »  

Romney's ReBoot Week... Off To A Rocky Start

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
If not for the big *Politico* feature Monday morning about Romney's campaign melting down and if not for the leaked tape from right-wing sex pervert Mark Leder's $50,000/plate fundraiser about Romney telling his wealthy donors that he divides America into the moochers and the non-moochers in *Mother Jones* Monday evening, Frank Rich's *New York*column on right-wing immersion would have been the dominant story of the early part of a week that will apparently continue developing the theme of the agony of Willard Romney. As U.K. right-wing pundit (and erstwhile Romney booster) Iain Ma... more »

Sorry, I Just Can't Stop Laughing Over This One

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 15 hours ago
It must be tough to be Edgar Schmidt these days. He's the genius in charge of Edmonton Public Schools that very recently fired an experienced and respected physics teacher for the dastardly crime of giving students zeros on assignments not turned in. From having to justify a silly grading policy, I'm sure Eggie was on top of the world a few days ago when he was able to terminate the teacher. Fortunately you can't keep a good man down as it appears that Lynden Dorval, the teacher in question has been re-hiredby an Edmonton private school. While Schmidt may have thought he was getting ... more »

Xi Jinping warns Japan over East China Sea dispute

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*China's leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, has said that Japan should "rein in its behaviour" and stop undermining Chinese sovereignty, state media have reported.* His comments follow days of sometimes violent anti-Japanese protests in China over a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea. Mr Xi said that Tokyo's purchase of the islands from private owners last week was a "farce", Xinhua reported. The move triggered a wave of protests across China. In some cities on Tuesday, Japanese shops and businesses were attacked amid heightened tension on the anniversary of an incident i... more »

“The Innocence of Muslims”: Blasphemy as a Political Tactic

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
Global Research Thierry Mason The circulation on the Internet of the trailer for a film, The Innocence of Muslims, sparked demonstrations across the world and resulted in the killing in Benghazi of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and members of his entourage. * * * At first glance, these events can be located in the long line leading from Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses to the burnings of the Koran by Pastor Terry Jones. Nevertheless, this new attack differs from other incidents in that the film was not directed at a Western audience but instead was uniquely conceived as an instrume... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake TIMOR REGION - 19th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the TIMOR REGION at a depth of 35.3 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 10:45:39 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012 The epicenter was 20 km (12 miles) SSE of Popnam, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Beijing security tight after anti-Japan protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*Sept. 19 - China moves to snuff out anti-Japan protests after days of angry demonstrations over a territorial dispute forced Japanese businesses to shut their doors. Sarah Charlton reports.*

Georgian jail torture video sparks protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*Sept. 19 - Georgians take to the streets of Tbilisi after video of the torture and sexual assault of prisoners was shown on television. Sarah Sheffer reports.*

Russia says U.S. aid mission sought to sway elections

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Russia accused the United States on Wednesday of using its aid mission in Moscow to influence Russian elections, a charge likely to push relations between the former Cold War foes to a new low after Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin. * The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a tough statement explaining Moscow's decision, announced by Washington on Tuesday, to give the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) until October 1 to cease operations in Russia. The action appears intended to cut funding to organizations that Putin sees as a threat following his ret... more »

Topless Kate Photos: French Police Raid Magazine

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*French police are raiding the offices of the magazine that published pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge topless.* The raid comes a day after the Duke and Duchess won an injunction to stop Closer magazine publishing more pictures of Kate as she sunbathed at a private villa. The injunction was granted after William and Kate took legal action complaining that their privacy had been invaded and that the photos could only have been taken from a powerful telephoto lens. "These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounde... more »

Iqaluit to vote on new aquatic centre

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago

History Repeats Itself

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Jeffrey Simpson, in today's *Globe and Mail, *refers to an essay written by British MP and historian Rory Stewart. The subject of the essay is the British invasion and occupation of Afghanistan from 1838 until 1842: “Whatever decisions were made, there would have been no happy ending. A foreign army, isolated in Kabul, propping up an unpopular ruler in the face of a growing insurgency could not succeed. To maintain security, they needed to create a new Afghan army, which required taxation and expenditure. This created enemies and required a resource base, which Afghanistan did n... more »

Making Your Own Natural Room Scents

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
DIY Natural Room Scents Throw out all those canned room sprays and make your own natural and safe room scents using simmering waters infused with spices, herbs & fruit. *Fragrant items for naturally scenting your home:* *Citrus* - I've tried other fruits. Some of them smell good initially, but they don't hold up for more than one use. Citrus is sturdier, longer-lasting, and gives these scent recipes freshness. Lemons and oranges are particularly fragrant and have the best staying power in these scented waters. *Herbs* - Any herb can be used for making a room scent, but the ones... more »

The cruel reality is that we've lost in Afghanistan. So why are we still sacrificing our young men?

Intercept at The Intercept - 16 hours ago
Daily Mail Max Hastings Almost 40 years ago, as a young correspondent in Vietnam, I found myself aboard a vast U.S. transport plane, travelling back to Saigon, after reporting on a battle in the Central Highlands. The only other passenger beside our TV crew was an American sergeant in a green body-bag, on his way home for burial with his possessions — hi-fi, guitar and suchlike — stacked sadly beside him. I spent much of that long ride through the darkness thinking about the wretchedness of losing one’s life in the final convulsions of a dying war. [image: Private Thomas Wroe] [i... more »

Why the Mideast Exploded, Really

Intercept at The Intercept - 16 hours ago
Consortium News Ray McGovern *Exclusive: *The new conventional wisdom, in the wake of angry protests roiling the Middle East, is that Muslims are either way too sensitive or irrational. How else to explain the fury over an offensive anti-Islam video? But the video was just the spark that ignited a long-smoldering fire, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern “Why Is the Arab world so easily offended?” asks the headline atop an article by Fouad Ajami, which the*Washington Post* published online last Friday to give perspective to the recent anti-American violence in Muslim ... more »

Israel launches largest ever "surprise" or "snap" live fire drill.....

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
The timing of this live fire “snap” drill should indicate this is no ‘snap’ drill. Nor is it a "surprise" drill, despite the silly headlines used by the media. When considering the timing and location of Israel's live fire drill and how very provocative the undertaking of this drill by Israel is, consider this- 25 Nations Practice War Against Iran * Picture from this article* *Israeli defence officials say the military is conducting its largest snap drill in years.* The exercise comes against the backdrop of tensions with Iran and the civil war in Syria. A military spokesman says... more »

IAEA ready for talks with Iran in near future: Amano

Intercept at The Intercept - 16 hours ago
PressTV UN nuclear chief Yukiya Amano says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is ready to hold negotiations with Iran in the “near future.” "I confirmed to Dr. Abbasi that the Agency is committed to continued dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran and expressed the readiness of Agency negotiators to meet with Iran in the near future," Amano said in a statement issued on Tuesday. The brief statement was issued after a meeting between Amano and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi on Monday. After the IAEA annual meeting in the Aust... more »

Stewart Rhodes at CSPOA Convention: Las Vegas 2012

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
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Mother Sues Police After Arrest for Letting Kids Play Outside

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
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Judge Napolitano Exposes Secrets of the Fed on Fox

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
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Fake Gold Bars Discovered by Manhattan Jewelers

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
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This 21-Year-Old Marine Predicted He Would Die At The Hands Of Afghan Security Forces

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
Business Insider Michael Kelley Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr.A 21-year-old Marine who was killed by an Afghan trainee had previously told his father that he would be killed inside his base, David Ariosto of *CNN* reports. Lance Corporal Greg Buckley Jr. trained Afghan security forces in the restive Helmand Province before he and two other Marines were killed on Aug. 10 by one of the Afghans he was training. Buckley knew something was wrong after a tormenting encounter with an Afghan trainee earlier in the year. From *CNN*: *"The guy turned around and said to Greg, 'We don't want yo... more »

Genetic Roulette - Full Movie - Dangers of GMOs

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 17 hours ago
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Julian Assange threatened legal action over WikiLeaks documentary

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
*South by Southwest film festival was warned against showing the film, titled WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies* Guardian Josh Halliday Julian Assange threatened to sue the film festival South by Southwest if it aired a documentary titled WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies. Julian Assange threatened legal action against a film festival in an attempt to pressure them not to show a documentary on the history of WikiLeaks. Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, threatened to sue the South by Southwest ( SXSW) festival in the United States if they broadcast the documentary, WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies, ear... more »

Judge declares part of 2008 Tory omnibus crime bill unconstitutional

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago
*This is less of a big deal than it might seem. Dangerous Offender applications are very rare and regardless of the onus are fought vigorously. As a practical matter this will make a samll change is a vanishingly small number of cases:* Story here An Ontario court has declared another plank of the Conservative government’s tough-on-crime agenda unconstitutional. Ontario Superior Court Judge Alan Bryant struck down a section of the Criminal Code introduced in 2008 dealing with dangerous offenders in a decision published Tuesday. The ruling comes in a year during which judges in ... more »

harper the Pants-Pissing Coward

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 17 hours ago
There are a lot of "conservative" scum-bags who are given to braggadacio about harper's political longevity and how their hero has successfully crushed his opponents time and time again. Which is stupid nonsense of course. harper LOST the last election and he'd be on the road to prison if a coalition government (led for the last months of his life by Jack Layton) had formed and begun an investigation into his many crimes. That's why the harpercons pulled out all the stops and STOLE the last election through election fraud. Now, obviously, a lot of "conservative" scum-bags insist tha... more »

Cuba says it proposed talks on jailed American, no U.S. response

Intercept at The Intercept - 17 hours ago
Reuters Jeff Franks Judy Gross, wife of U.S. aid contractor Alan Gross who is jailed in Cuba, speaks during an interview for Reuters with Reuters at her apartment in Washington October 23, 2010. Cuba has proposed talks with the United States about resolving the case of jailed American contractor Alan Gross, but has received no response, indicating a lack of interest by Washington, a top Cuban diplomat said on Monday. Foreign Ministry official Josefina Vidal said at a press conference that Cuba had proposed discussions "as a first step for the development of a process ... toward fin... more »

Jesus was married - the probability of something seemingly impossible?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 17 hours ago
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Boris Johnson blowing somebody else's trumpet for a change

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
From last year Boris Johnson trying and finally succeeding in blowing a note of the shofar, the rams horn traditionally used on Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur. For more on the usage of the shofar take a read of this.

Can Kofi Annan Build Democratic Time?

Ben O'Loughlin at The Duck of Minerva - 18 hours ago
Patient voters in Zimbabwe, from The Guardian 2008.Democracy sits in time. It is a looping circuit of accountability between leaders and led. Voters authorise leaders to act on certain problems. Through everyday experience and media reports those voters can track if the leaders are doing what they said they’d do. Another election comes around and voters can stick or twist, authorising another set of actions. The loop of democracy creates expectations about what everyone should be doing and when. Everyone knowing and following this temporality is a necessary condition for democracy t... more »

She's German. He's Greek.

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 18 hours ago

Crowd attacks US ambassador in Beijing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
A crowd of around 50 Chinese protesters surrounded the official car of the United States ambassador in Beijing, who escaped unharmed, a State department spokesman said. The melee occurred outside the gates of the US embassy on Tuesday and security guards had to intervene to protect Gary Locke, 62. The protesters caused minor damage to the vehicle, a statement from the embassy said. "Embassy officials have registered their concern regarding today's incident with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and urged the Chinese Government to do everything possible to protect American fa... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 19th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck CENTRAL TURKEY at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 09:17:48 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012 The epicenter was 27 km (16 miles) Southeast of Turkoglu, Turkey No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Homeland Security Purchases 200 Million More Rounds of Ammunition

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*Following controversy over its purchase of around 1.2 billion bullets in the last six months alone, the Department of Homeland Security has put out a new solicitation for over 200 million more rounds of ammunition, some of which are designated to be used by snipers.* A series of new solicitations posted on the FedBizOpps website show that the DHS is looking to purchase 200 million rounds of .223 rifle ammunition over the next four years, as well as 176,000 rounds of .308 caliber 168 grain hollow point boat tail (HPBT) rounds in addition to 25,000 rounds of blank .308 caliber bulle... more »

France is to close its embassies around the world on Friday after a magazine prints cartoons

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*France is to close its embassies around the world on Friday, in case of a backlash against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, according to a minister.* The cartoons have just been published in satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in a move that is seen as likely to inflame outrage among Muslims who have already been protesting against an anti-Islamic film. At least 30 people have died so far in demonstrations against the Innocence of Muslims film in more than 20 countries. The last time Charlie Hebdo stoked controversy over Islamic issues its Paris offices we... more »

South African Mine: Rubber Bullets Fired

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*Police have fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd gathered near a platinum mine in South Africa, according to reports.* Police spokesman Dennis Adriao said the people had gathered illegally in an informal settlement near the mine owned by the world's number one platinum producer Anglo American Platinum. "They refused to disperse. Police had to revert to tear gas and stun grenades and there was also rubber bullets fired," he said. More follows...

“Legalized Plunder: An Interview With G. Edward Griffin”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“Legalized Plunder: An Interview With G. Edward Griffin”* by Louis James, Casey Research “*Louis James:* Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining us. We are here in Carlsbad, California at the Navigating the Politicized Economy Summit, by Casey Research and Sprott Global, speaking with the author of "The Creature from Jekyll Island." How can we get more into the politicized economy than that? So, can you update those who weren't here on what you said today? *G. Edward Griffin:* Yes. I can't take as long, of course, and how do you make it accurate and short? The basic thing I... more »

Heavy rains lead to deadly landslide in India

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
** *RUDRAPRAYAG, India (CNN) -- The death toll in cloudburst that triggered a massive landslide and affected nearly five villages of northern India's Uttarakhand state, rose to 50 and about 20 people are still reported to be missing.* The cloudburst preceded by incessant rains led to a massive landslide in the state's Rudraprayag district caused heavy damage in the hilly region rendering almost 500 people homeless. Search and the rescue operations are in full swing in the cloudburst-hit area, but the official says rains have disrupted the relief and rescue work. Speaking to Asian N... more »

Karachi explosions at market kill six

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
*(CNN) -- At least six people, including a child, were killed in back-to-back explosions Tuesday at a busy market in Karachi, Pakistan, government officials said.* The homemade bombs were planted inside a garbage container and attached to a bicycle at Karachi's Haidari Market, said government official Roshan Ali Sheikh and Iqbal Kazmi, a spokesman for the city's emergency rescue crews. At least a dozen people were injured in the explosions. Several nearby cars and shops were damaged. Officials say there is no indication that the blasts were connected to recent protests against the... more »

129 inmates escape Mexican prison near U.S. border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
*(CNN) -- Authorities in northern Mexico detained a prison director and two other officials after 129 inmates escaped from the facility through a tunnel, officials said.* The three prison leaders will be detained for 30 days during an investigation, Coahuila State Attorney General Homero Ramos told CNN en Español. Local and federal authorities were searching for the inmates and U.S. officers were on alert after the prison break, which occurred Monday in Piedras Negras, across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, and about 150 miles from San Antonio. The inmates escaped one by one f... more »

Egypt charges Coptic Christians linked to infamous video

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
* (CNN) -- Egyptian authorities have charged seven Coptic Christians living in the United States and a Florida pastor with insulting Islam and inciting sectarian strife for their alleged links to an online video that has enraged much of the Muslim world. * Egypt's public prosecutor announced the charges Tuesday, the latest development in the deadly backlash against the low-budget, amateurish 14-minute movie trailer produced privately in the United States and posted on YouTube. The clip from "The Innocence of Muslims" mocks the Muslim Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, child moles... more »

Germany's big worry: China, not Greece

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Berlin, not Brussels, will decide the future of the ailing eurozone because Germany's economic power and its status as the European Union's main paymaster give it an effective veto over key decisions.* So it comes as a surprise to find that in Berlin's corridors of power, the main worry is not whether Greece sticks to its reform pledges or Spain demands an EU bailout. As the world's third largest exporting nation, Germans are far more concerned about whether China loses its appetite for their machine tools and cars, or about what the famed Teutonic manufacturers should... more »

China's Xi meets Panetta, wants better military ties with U.S

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
*(Reuters) - China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping held on Wednesday his first talks with a foreign official since vanishing from the public eye nearly two weeks ago, telling U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta he wanted to advance ties with the United States.* Vice-President Xi's disappearance had prompted widespread rumors that he was ill or worse ahead of this year's five-yearly Communist Party Congress when he is expected to be named party chief. "I believe that your visit will be very helpful in further advancing the state-to-state and mil-to-mil (military-to-military) relation... more »

Rebels tear down Syrian flag at border post with Turkey

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Rebels tore down a Syrian flag at a border gate on the Turkish frontier on Wednesday as they battled to seize control of the crossing, and schools on the Turkish side shut down as bullets flew into the northern neighbor's soil.* Television footage showed Syrian rebels taking down the Syrian flag on top of a government building at the Tel Abyad border gate. The sound of sporadic gunfire could be heard and black smoke rose from parts of the building, which appeared to be a customs office. It was not immediately clear whether the rebels, fighting to overthrow Syrian Pres... more »

Dan Hunt Found Alive

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
*A British adventurer who went missing in Switzerland after taking part in the extreme sport of speed-flying has been found alive after a four-day search.* Dan Hunt, 33, began his flight in the Alps on Saturday with two friends but never arrived at an agreed meeting spot. Mr Hunt, who runs an organic food shop in London, was eventually located after his family and friends launched their own rescue mission. They raised more than £16,000 through an online appeal after his insurance money ran out, effectively sparking a race against time to locate him in the mountains. Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 19th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the ICELAND REGION at a depth of 10.3 km (6.4 miles), the quake hit at 07:57:24 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012 The epicenter was 71 km (44 miles) NNW from Akureyri, Iceland No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

The Economy: "The Faces of Failure & Futility"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"The Faces of Failure & Futility" * by Jim Quinn "A culture that does not grasp the vital interplay between morality and power, which mistakes management techniques for wisdom, and fails to understand that the measure of a civilization is its compassion, not its speed or ability to consume, condemns itself to death." - Chris Hedges "Is it just me, or are the signs of consumer collapse as clear as a Lowes parking lot on a Saturday afternoon? Sometimes I wonder if I'm just seeing the world through my pessimistic lens, skewing my point of view. My daily commute through West ... more »

Gas explosion kills 26 in Mexico

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
*An explosion and fire killed at least 26 people at a Pemex natural gas facility in northern Mexico near the US border yesterday.* Television footage showed flames leaping high into the sky during the blaze at a gas compression station near the city of Reynosa, a key entry point for natural gas to Mexico from the United States. It was the third blaze in about five weeks at state-run oil monopoly Pemex installations in Tamaulipas, a border state that has struggled to contain the menace of warring drug gangs. Pemex's top executive said the fire appeared to be an accident. Parts of t... more »

EU foreign ministers reveal radical federalist blueprint

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
*A directly elected European Commission president, more powerful foreign affairs chief, and new rules making it easier to adopt treaty changes are among the radical ideas put forward by 11 European Union foreign ministers.* The EU has reached a "decisive juncture", according to the final report of the 'Future of Europe group', which comprised the foreign ministers from Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Luxembourg. With the economic crisis and globalisation presenting an "unprecedented dual challenge", they said action had... more »

Courts can hear case against anti-Muslim cartoons: French Prime Minister

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
*Paris: French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Wednesday anyone offended by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo could take the matter to the courts.* But he emphasised France's tradition of free speech. "We are in a country where freedom of expression is guaranteed, including the freedom to caricature," he said on RTL radio. The cover of Charlie Hebdo shows a Muslim man in a wheelchair being pushed by an Orthodox Jew under the title "Intouchables 2", referring to a French film about a poor black man who helps an aristoc... more »

Chinese leaders may come to regret anti-Japan protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
*(Reuters) - China's decision to open its streets to a wave of anti-Japan protests could end up rebounding on Beijing, which has emerged from days of fervent nationalism with eroded authority at home and fewer options in dealing with Tokyo.* The mass protests, ignited by a renewed territorial dispute, contained some criticism of Beijing as being too soft on its traditional Asian rival, creating pressures that could help push China's incoming new leadership deeper into a diplomatic corner. China's likely next president, Vice President Xi Jinping, emerged days ago from two unnerving... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
*A highly offensive text message is circulating urging Australians to unite and fight back at a planned Muslim protest in Melbourne.* The message calls on non-Muslim Australians to join a rally to coincide with a planned protest against an 'offensive' Islamic film at Melbourne's State Library on Sunday. There are fears of potential trouble with the message urging people to 'come ready for a battle for our rights and our land'. The message even suggests the proposed clash could be worse than the violent scenes witnessed during the Cronulla riots. It is believed the message, which i... more »

"The True Dream..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
"Maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it's better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We wake to find ourselves, against all odds, feeling hopeful. And, if we're lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life the true dream is being able to dream at all." - "Grey's Anatomy"

Alan Watts, "It Come Then, To This..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
"It comes, then, to this: that to be "viable", livable, or merely practical, life must be lived as a game - and the "must" here expresses a condition, not a commandment. It must be lived in the spirit of play rather than work, and the conflicts which it involves must be carried on in the realization that no species, or party to a game, can survive without its natural antagonists, its beloved enemies, its indispensable opponents. For to "love your enemies" is to love them *as* enemies; it is not necessarily a clever device for winning them over to your side. The lion lies down with... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
*WASHINGTON (AFP) - Some early Christians believed Jesus himself wed, a Harvard professor told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies, the Harvard Gazette reported.* Professor Karen King, who teaches at Harvard Divinity School, announced the existence of an ancient Coptic text on papyrus including the words: "Jesus said to them, my wife." "Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married, even though no reliable historical evidence exists to support that claim," she told the congress in Rome. "This new gospel doesn't prove that Jesus was married, but it tell... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 19th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 37.8 km (23.5 miles), the quake hit at 07:31:46 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012 The epicenter was 252 km (156 miles) South of Sidorukun, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - 19th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND at a depth of 59.5 km (37 miles), the quake hit at 06:44:23 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012 The epicenter was 86 km (53 miles) East of Raoul Island, New Zealand No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 19th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR at a depth of 70.7 km (43.9 miles), the quake hit at 04:27:02 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012 The epicenter was 32 km (19 miles) SSW of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Whose prophet? The BBC respond

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Further to this post, I note that the BBC have responded. In fact they responded on the 17th September but I managed to miss posting about it. My original complaint was quite short: 'The BBC yesterday and today have once again been regularly referring to 'the Prophet Muhammad'*, w*hy? Muhammad may well be "the Islamic prophet' he is not however the Christian prophet, the Jewish prophet, the Hindu prophet or indeed the prophet in the eyes of any other religion. Jesus is not referred to by the BBC as the Messiah or even the Christian Messiah so why do the BBC refer to 'the Prophet Mu... more »

Raja Yoga - astral projection - Michael Paul Peter

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 21 hours ago
did a very strange thing last night that I've not done for a decade or more ... astrally projected to a few dozens of light years away. It was something the Raja Yoga teacher in Bournemouth (1986-87) taught me, I forget his name but that's not important for this blogpost - he'll know who he is. It's this place you can ascend to that's filled with GOLDEN SHAPES. It exists just outside what we know as Local Space. It's there, like Heaven, in many ways, but there's no religious connotation, no personality-deity figure to relate to or chat with. It's a totally abstracted shape-space ... more »

"The Universe..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
“Just when we think we figured things out, the universe throws us a curveball. So, we have to improvise. We find happiness in unexpected places. We find ourselves back to the things that matter the most. The universe is funny that way. Sometimes it just has a way of making sure we wind up exactly where we belong.” - "Grey's Anatomy" 

Linda’s Cancer Survivor Story: Root Canals and Cancer

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 21 hours ago
My name is Linda and I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in June of 2010 at the age of 47. *Linda’s Cancer Survivor Story: Root Canals and Cancer* I had surgery and unfortunately and I did chemo. A few months into chemo I started reading books and changed a lot of things. I finished all but one treatment – I did stop early though because of the things I had learned while reading and researching. I changed my diet to completely vegan, with juicing, I started doing the flax oil and cottage cheese (Budwig Protocol), drinking Essiac Tea, and began seeing a naturopathic doctor who also ... more »

Astronomical unit (AU) redefined

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
We visited an old astronomer yesterday: I could see the sunspots exactly as you can see them on the web, except that the image was left-right-reflected and somewhat rotated. By the way, if you click at the link, there's a tiny sunspot between 1569 and 1571, 2 times closer to 1569, that I could see as well. But I want to mention another astronomical report. A few days ago, Nature told us that the astronomical unit has been redefined after a vote in Peking (yes, because it's Peking, it was an unanimous vote): The astronomical unit gets fixed Similar people who gathered in Prague 6 ye... more »

Russian Diamond Glut

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
A more plausible explanation for the diamonds is that the impacting asteroid was carbonaceous and the impact horizon reached the temperatures necessary for diamond formation. I also see little note here of actual gem quality diamonds which is another reason to leave the deposit undisturbed all this time. Whatever concerns that may have existed regarding diamond supply have now been put to rest. It also goes without saying that similar impacts will have similar results if my conjecture holds true. Thus the earth and the solar system could be awash in diamonds. We wil... more »

New Titanium Fabrication Protocol

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Without question, titanium needs new completely innovative fabrication technologies. All of its superb characteristics work wonderfully against successful machining and losses during machining which mostly consists of mucking out a piece anyway is typically common. Thus a system like this will have a ready market. At least the metal is readily available and I am sure the day will come when we become much more adept at working with it. I would like to see sheets of different elements produced that are one atom thick as a fabrication feed stock. We can now do it with car... more »

3D Printed Ceramics

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
3D printing provides a completely new method of fabrication with the added promise of inexpensive short run production for selected parts. Not quite manufacturing on demand but close enough. Thus research is concentrating on producing fired products as the next obvious advance. A computer generated personalized and glazed cup or dish is an obvious market that may even be partly achievable. This item gives us a glimpse of the current state of this emerging art. *Could ancient Egyptians hold the key to 3D printed ceramics?* *Issue date: 06 September 2012* *Video:... more »

LED Lighting Revolution For Developing World

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is a problem that has long been looking for a solution at the proper price point. Quite rightly, the economic argument is already there in terms of a divertable expense. That price point now appears to have been met and appropriate product is appearing on the shelves. In a world were a handful of men can muck together a basic home out of local materials in the wild and heating is never the issue, getting communication and lighting at night is a huge leg up. These technologies will also support battery charging for the cell phones. What is really impressive is that ... more »

Access to books is not always enough: An example from Gate C-5

skrashen at Schools Matter - 21 hours ago
Access to books is not always enough: An example from Gate C-5 Published as: Airport Amenities, Taipei Times, September 19, 2012 As a researcher who has investigated the role of self-selected leisure reading for the past three decades, I was, at first, very happy to see that there is a reading zone at the Taipei airport (at Gate C-5, Eva Airlines). Our research has concluded that leisure reading has a powerful effect on both first and second-language development: Those who read a great deal on their own develop large vocabularies, good writing style, better grammar, and learn a lot a... more »

BC Opposition to Pipelines - Solid and Building

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 22 hours ago
A new poll has discovered that British Columbians take bitumen pipelines very, very seriously. In fact, the pipelines come second only to the economy in priority and even ahead of healthcare. *“It is very unusual to see a single issue top health care or come so close to tying with the economy as the most pressing issue in B.C.,” said Stratcom president Bob Penner, who was hired by the anti-pipeline Living Oceans Society to survey attitudes on pipeline matters. “This has become a critical issue in B.C.”* *The telephone survey began with an open-ended question: “What, in your opi... more »

Green Mafia: Anonymous hacks Monsanto, exposes World Wildlife Foundation

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 23 hours ago
*By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Anonymous has hacked Monsanto again. This time the World Wildlife Foundation is exposed for certifying the areas where genetically modified products are grown. Here's an excerpt from Operation Green Rights: *With this operation we want to put on the same level Monsanto and a world organization that we were taught to appreciate: the World Wildlife Foundation. STOP the World Wildlife Foundation!!! The World Wildlife Foundation certifies all the genetically modified products of Monsanto, the World Wildlife Foundatio... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 23 hours ago
Scientists have studied a patient who, due to an infection, now lacks three areas of the brain thought to be essential for self awareness. This patient, to the surprise of the scientists, is still self aware. (Location of the mind remains a mystery) *R* is a conscious, self-aware, and sentient human being despite the widespread destruction of cortical regions purported to play a critical role in Self Awareness, namely the insula, anterior cingulate cortex, and medial prefrontal cortex. (Location of the mind remains a mystery | Professor Olsen) David Rudrauf, at the University o... more »

Disturbing Fukushima Videos

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 23 hours ago
Bright flash at 1:44 (posted at Enenews by Wideawake) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6GPLCf0o28&feature=plcp Link to a still of the flash posted by Wideawake. 17th Sep in this Tbs/Jnn screen shot taken at 04:50jst. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/77637499/sep17%2004.50jst.PNG SEE ALSO RECENT CLIPS POSTED BY NUCKELCHEN AT ENENEWS 2012.09.19 04:00-05:00 / ふくいちライブカメラ (Live Fukushima Nuclear Plant Cam) http://youtu.be/tCCBRkN2A5g 2012.09.19 05:00-06:00 / ふくいちライブカメラ (Live Fukushima Nuclear Plant Cam) http://youtu.be/xP5-XmSiUAM 2012.09.19 06:00-07:00 / ふくいちライブカメラ(Live Fukushima Nuclear Plan... more »

Political Cartoonist Mike Luckovich 1, Mitt Romney of Massachusetts Nil

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 23 hours ago
The man is now the walking personification of greed. I *almost* feel bad for him. This is no way to win a presidential election.

11 European Foreign Ministers Call for Greater Integration lead by Germany....Including military integration

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*LONDON — Testing the theory that it often takes a crisis to bring Europeans together, 11 foreign ministers, led by Guido Westerwelle of Germany, have called for a big increase in economic, political, diplomatic and even military integration within the European Union.* The report, issued Monday by the Future of Europe Group at a meeting in Warsaw, outlines far-reaching proposals for a Europe weighed down by debt, mired in an economic slowdown and struggling to save its single currency. However, the report acknowledges that only some of the 11 ministers agreed with ideas like the ev... more »

Romney In 1859: Ending Slavery Is Impossible

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Peace in the Middle East? Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says, *"Forget about it."* Romney told a private audience that establishing peace in the Middle East is impossible. Yeah, because Romney's buddy Bibi Netanyahu is a maniac who doesn't want peace with the Palestinians or Iran. What a disgusting way to justify endless war. "Peace is impossible, so, uh, let's just keep producing weapons and continue to arm half the world." Is this American leadership? Is this American optimism? *FORGET. ABOUT. IT.* America can do way better. Romney doesn't represent American gen... more »

NZ third freest, but… [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
The United States continues to plunge down the Fraser Institute’s World Index of Economic Freedom, out today, while ironically New Zealand continues to ride high. [Hat tip Stephen Hicks] After ranking 2nd in 2000, the U.S. falls to 18th in this year’s report. [T]he United States has fallen precipitously from second in 2000 to eighth in 2005 and 19th in 2010 (unadjusted ranking of 18th). By 2009, the United States had fallen behind Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Chile, and Mauritius, countries that chose not to follow the path of massive growth in government financed by borrowing... more »


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
A couple of weeks back I reported on a "perfect storm brewing" as a consequence of rising food prices due to poor harvests. Global impoverishment due to the financial crisis will mean that rising food prices cause malnutrition and starvation. And the financial elite are capitalizing off of rising food prices, spiking them still higher: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/perfect-storm-brewing.html Humanity is facing so many challenges and yet the solution our "leaders" offer is more of the same: U.S. and Allies to Hold Gulf Military Exercise Reuters 17 September 12 http://www.r... more »

IAEA renews pressure on Iran after "terrorists" charge

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*VIENNA, Sept 18 (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear agency said on Tuesday Iran must address concerns about its suspected atom bomb research, one day after Tehran alleged that "terrorists" had infiltrated the organisation to sabotage the Islamic Republic's uranium enrichment plants.* Britain added to the pressure on Iran before talks later on Tuesday between the European Union's foreign policy chief and Iran's nuclear negotiator, saying Western nations would step up sanctions against Tehran if negotiations failed. Israel has issued more threats to attack Iran to prevent it from acquiring... more »

Leah-Lynn Plante: Armed FBI Raid Targets Activist's Political Literature

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
If anyone has any doubt as to whether or not the United States has earned the designation of “police state,” one need only look at the case of 24-year-old Leah-Lynn Plante, a Portland woman whose home was recently raided by paramilitary police in search of ordinary household items including “anarchist literature.” Plante is currently enduring an affair with a special grand jury which risks seeing her imprisoned for civil contempt if she refuses to comply and possibly indicted for other, less-defined crimes. In Plante’s case, the entire grand jury theatre is based on the stated att... more »

Prophet Cartoons Spark French Protest Fears

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*A French magazine is publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a move that is likely to inflame outrage among Muslims who have been protesting against an anti-Islamic film.* The latest edition of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is hitting news stands today against a background of protests over the crudely made American film that mocks Mohammed. The magazine has not revealed what the cartoons will show, but its editor said they would "shock those who will want to be shocked". French newspaper Le Monde said the images show the prophet in "particularly explicit poses". Many Musl... more »

Beijing hints at bond attack on Japan

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A senior advisor to the Chinese government has called for an attack on the Japanese bond market to precipitate a funding crisis and bring the country to its knees, unless Tokyo reverses its decision to nationalise the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Jin Baisong from the Chinese Academy of International Trade – a branch of the commerce ministry – said China should use its power as Japan’s biggest creditor with $230bn (£141bn) of bonds to “impose sanctions on Japan in the most effective manner” and bring Tokyo’s festering fiscal crisis to a head. Writing in th... more »
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