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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

20 September - Blogs I`m Following II

  I`m taking flight to New Brunswick for a week. Remember Netvibes and Opera are live feeds set up for public use. I`ll take my laptop but have no idea about posting. Vacation is expensive and short. I`ll likely be taking a powder for the majority of the time.

Canada for president: Can the US learn from the north?

( We call our feckless leader `Mini-Me` or worse : a Bush clone who was coached by the Rove group of political dirty tricksters - robocalls leading voters astray for instance -  to get religious extremists and  general all around bigots in the party to STFU. Official Messaging and suppression of scientists` access to the press should be familiar. There is an anti-Harper website for the desperate to throw out the Con pretender. And you think the President is a dictator. Powers-wise he`s playing `catch up.` 

Mind, our dyed-in-the-wool reactionary is playing in a field still so far removed from overt domestic tyranny as established south of the 49th he`s considered `liberal` by some in the US.  ROFLMAO  )

Curiosity Mars rover picks up the pace

Adventures in Swarm Robotics

A robot scuttles forward slowly, its motion driven by vibrations on three tiny legs. It executes one of the few simple programs housed in its microprocessor and circles randomly as it flashes an infrared light at the ground, searching.... continue

  • The Secret History of Western Education: The Scientific Destruction of Minds - Charlotte Iserbyt 3/5

    In Discarding of Kidneys, System Reveals Its Flaws

    One recent computer simulation, by researchers with the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, projected that a redesigned system could add 10,000 years of life from just one year of transplants. 

    The America of Arab Street

    In Egypt, 75 percent of Muslims do not believe that Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks, according to a 2011 Pew poll. Many believe that it was either Israel, the U.S. government, or both.

    When I met Muhammad Mahdi Akef, the influential former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, in April 2011, he insisted that Al Qaeda was a figment of the Western imagination. The idea that it doesn’t exist, that the United States attacked itself, is buttressed by preachers in mosques, on satellite television channels and in glossy Arabic books.
    The United States and the West are widely seen as waging a war on Muslims. Al Qaeda ( Presumably a registered entity !  ) videos promote this vision as a continuation of the Crusades. 

    When I watch Al Jazeera Arabic I am stunned by unchallenged references in talk show interviews to the “American Zionist plan” or “the American enemy” or the “ally of the Zionist entity.”

    110:39 pm MDST

    Anti-Jihad 'Savage' Ads Going up in NYC Subway

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 minutes ago
    * A provocative ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages is set to go up in the city's subway system as violent protests over an anti-Islamic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad sweep over much of the Muslim world.* A conservative blogger who once headed a campaign against an Islamic center near the Sept. 11 terror attack site won a court order to post the ad in 10 subway stations next Monday. The ad reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." The ad was plastered on San Francisco city buses in recent w... more »

    Panetta: US surge troops out of Afghanistan

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 minutes ago
    *Nearly two years after President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to tamp down the escalating Taliban violence, the last of those surge troops have left the country, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday.* Panetta said the "surge did accomplish it objectives of reversing the Taliban momentum on the battlefield and dramatically increase the size and capability of the Afghan national security forces." Calling it a "very important milestone," Panetta said he believes the U.S. is on track to accomplish its goals in Afghanistan. Panetta said the to... more »

    America, Waiting Until When?: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu featured in new $1M anti-Obama ad targeted at Jewish voters

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 19 minutes ago
    *A new anti-Obama ad features Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking about the grave threats of a nuclear-armed Iran. * The commercial is airing in the key swing state of Florida, targeted at Jewish voters. Secure America Now is behind the $400,000 media buy. The group is lead by John McLaughlin, a former adviser for Netanyahu's Likud Party and former California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger. Read More

    4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN IRAN - 21st September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 27 minutes ago
    A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck EASTERN IRAN at a depth of 25.9 km (16.1 miles), the quake hit at 03:28:35 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 108 km (67 miles) Southwest of Birjand, Iran No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    There's A Reason Adam Hasner Won't Disassociate Himself From Romney's Disgusting 47% Diatribe In Boca Raton

    DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 39 minutes ago
    We finally heard Romney articulate a policy. The video shot in Boca Raton Florida may have been the most in-depth look we have had from the Romney campaign about what he will actually do if he wins in November. What other policies has he detailed behind closed doors over $50,000/plate meals? A Modest Proposal perhaps? One of the men who might be better briefed on the details Romney’s campaign against the 47% is Adam Hasner. Hasner is running for Florida’s 22nd Congressional seat against former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel. He’s also a co-chair of the Romney campaign in Flori... more »

    Amish Hair Attackers Guilty Of Hate Crimes

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 39 minutes ago
    *A group of Amish men and women have been convicted of hate crimes, including forcibly cutting off people's beards and hair.* A jury found Samuel Mullet Senior guilty of orchestrating the cuttings of Amish men's beards and women's hair in attacks that shocked the normally peaceful religious settlements in eastern Ohio. His followers were found guilty of carrying out the attacks. In total, 16 people were convicted. The court heard how sons pulled their father out of bed and chopped off his beard in the moonlight and how women surrounded their mother-in-law and cut off her very long... more »

    39 Tips For Fall

    Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 39 minutes ago
    This weekend marks the beginning of fall in our part of the world, which is a good time to take a look at ways to green our routine. We've been compiling this list of ideas over the past several years ... they are tried and true. Some are major and may require planning and budgeting ... others are minor and only require a bit of our time. All of them are Eco-friendly and help us walk a little gentler on the earth. If you're moving into spring instead of fall, click HERE for some ways to get ready for the warmer months. Here are your fall tips: 1. Check the air pressure in your... more »

    Obama TV Ad Aims To Calm Prophet Protests in Pakistan

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 40 minutes ago
    *The United States has paid for adverts on Pakistani television which show President Obama and Hillary Clinton denouncing an anti-Muslim film.* The government has spent $70,000 (£43,000) for airtime across seven channels as it tries to stem outrage over the American-made movie. Protests surrounding the film have led to 30 deaths in at least 20 countries, including one attack where the US ambassador to Libya was killed. In Pakistan, thousands of protesters clashed with police in the capital, Islamabad, near a diplomatic enclave. Thursday's chaotic scenes left at least 50 people inju... more »

    Jiddu Krishnamurti: The Nature Of Hurt

    Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 41 minutes ago
    "I think the word religion means gathering together all energy at all levels, physical, moral, spiritual, at all levels, gathering all this energy which will bring about a great attention. And from there move. To me that is the meaning of that word. The gathering of total energy to understand what thought cannot possibly capture. Thought is never new, never free, and therefore it's always conditioned, fragmentary, and so on. So religion is not a thing put together by Thought, or by fear, or by the pursuit of satisfaction and pleasure. But something totally beyond all this, which ... more »

    Dale Cregan Charged with 4 Murders including 2 Policewomen due in Court today

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 45 minutes ago
    *A man is due in court charged with murdering two policewomen as it emerged armed officers raided an address near the scene of the shooting just weeks before.* A search took place on the morning of August 16 at a house on the Hattersley estate in Tameside, Greater Manchester, as part of a search for wanted murder suspect Dale Cregan, the Press Association said. The 29-year-old has been charged with the murders of PC Nicola Hughes, 23, and PC Fiona Bone, 32, at a different address on the estate on Tuesday. The two officers were responding to a report of a burglary in the area. Creg... more »

    4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 21st September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
    A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS at a depth of 552.4 km (343.3 miles), the quake hit at 03:25:48 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 835 km (519 miles) South from SUVA, Fiji No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 21st September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 50 minutes ago
    A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 8.8 km (5.5 miles), the quake hit at 02:14:49 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 249 km (154 miles) South of Sidorukun, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    4.3 Magnitude Earthquake FLORES REGION, INDONESIA - 21st September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 50 minutes ago
    A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck the FLORES REGION, INDONESIA at a depth of 31.5 km (19.6 miles), the quake hit at 00:30:43 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 12 km (7 miles) North of Nanganumba, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    4.3 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN HONSHU, JAPAN - 21st September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 50 minutes ago
    A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck WESTERN HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 370.4 km (230.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:03:53 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 13 km (8 miles) ESE of Ayabe, Japan No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    5.4 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
    A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES at a depth of 111.2 km (69.1 miles), the quake hit at 21:21:06 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 47 km (29 miles) SSE of Pondaguitan, Philippines No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    Important Health Report: Cancer Is NOT A Disease - It Is A Survival Mechanism!

    Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
    I have for a very long time been trying to alert people about the true facts concerning Cancer, and the fraudulent Cancer treatments that our so called medical experts continue to provide for patients. I have long come to the conclusion that the treatments given to Cancer patients are far worse than the disease itself, and in most cases, kills the patient. I have made it one purpose of this blog to get some real truth out about Cancer itself, and alternative methods of treating this ailment... There has always been a great mystery in our society on what exactly causes or triggers C... more »

    5.7 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
    A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck the FIJI REGION at a depth of 544.2 km (338.2 miles), the quake hit at 21:03:40 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 36 km (22 miles) ESE of Ndoi Island, Fiji No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
    A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck KEPULAUAN BATU, INDONESIA at a depth of 60 km (37.2 miles), the quake hit at 20:47:46 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 172 km (106.6 miles) West of Padang Pariaman, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
    A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck the ICELAND REGION at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 19:42:46 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 46 km (28.5 miles) East of Grímsey, Iceland No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time 
  • "Too Often..."

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
    "Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

    4.2 Magnitude Earthquake DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
    A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck the DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE at a depth of 60 km (37.2 miles), the quake hit at 18:47:20 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 52 km (32.2 miles) East of Kárpathos, Greece No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    RNC: Don’t Speak in a Publicly-Built Facility when you Attack Government – D’oh!

    Robert E Kelly at The Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
    [image: tampa_convention_center] I got bogged down with NK for awhile, so I missed a chance to comment on the RNC and the US election more generally. I have some thoughts after the break, but a friend of mine wrote the following, which is a pretty good first draft of the GOP’s problems I think, in this election cycle: “On the whole, I found the Republican convention disgusting and not simply because I disagree with their policies. They substantively are disconnected from the problems of the average person. They offered nothing which will help average people and, what they do offer... more »

    "A Look to the Heavens"

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
    “A remarkable telescopic composition in yellow and blue, this scene features a trio of interacting galaxies almost 90 million light-years away, toward the constellation Virgo. On the left, two, spiky, foreground Milky Way stars echo the trio galaxy hues, a reminder that stars in our own galaxy are like those in the distant island universes. *Click image for larger size. * Predominately yellow, with sweeping spiral arms and dust lanes, NGC 5566 is enormous, about 150,000 light-years across. Just below it lies small, blue NGC 5569. Near center, the third galaxy, NGC 5560, is multic... more »

    The Honest Sheikh: Sheikh Imran Hosein

    Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
    I don't trust religious figures, but I love Sheikh Imran Hosein because he tells the truth. I've seen a lot of his lectures on YouTube over the last several months, and in every one of them he delivers the goods. He is a true shepherd of the spirit in these dark times. In this new interview with Morris, Sheikh Imran Hosein covers a number of subjects, from the recent misguided protests in the Muslim world to the Zionist plot to attack Iran and pull America into another unnecessary war in the Middle East. The Honest Sheikh denounced and condemned the assassination of Ambassador S... more »

    Chet Raymo, “The Tending of Conscience”

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
    *“The Tending of Conscience”* by Chet Raymo "I was born and raised on land in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that once belonged to the Cherokee Nation. Beginning in 1838, the Cherokees were rounded up, herded into camps, then forcibly removed from their ancestral lands to new territories in Oklahoma. Their homes were burned, their farms distributed to whites. Their transport west is known among the Cherokees and other removed tribes as "The Trail of Tears." Hunger, cold and disease took a heavy toll (nearly a third died along the way). This shameful episode was allowed, organized, and... more »

    Campaigns to bear-proof all garbage containers in wild areas have been difficult because...

    James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
    as one biologist put it, "there is a considerable overlap between the intelligence levels of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists."

    Three Mile Island nuclear plant shuts down unexpectedly

    Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
    USA Today Michael Winter A reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant shut down unexpectedly this afternoon because of a cooling problem, a month after it went offline because of a leak in the cooling system, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says. *Update at 4:54 p.m. ET:* The NRC says a cooling pump for Unit One stopped working at 2:16 p.m. ET, triggering the automatic shutdown, as the system is designed to do. An agency inspector was at the plant at the time. The same unit shut down automatically Aug. 22 as it was being taken offline to fix a coolant leak. Here's so... more »

    Riomaggiore, Liguria, Italy. Lugares preciosos para visitar.

    José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 2 hours ago
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    Playa escondida en la Isla Marieta de Puerto Vallarta, México.

    José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 2 hours ago
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    La Danza de los Quetzales (Puebla, Mexico)

    José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 2 hours ago
    [image: La Danza de los Quetzales (Puebla, Mexico)]Compartir en Facebook

    Is Nothing Sacred Anymore?

    Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
    YouTube video description [Channel PhilosophyTalkRadio]: "Tribal societies lived in a world of the sacred and profane, ritual and taboo. Is there anything left of this structure in the modern world? Is anything really taboo, or are things just inadvisable, problematic, unhealthy, unwise, and less than optimal under the circumstances? John and Ken consider what, if anything, is still sacred with Cora Diamond from the University of Virginia. This program was recorded in front of a live audience at Pacific University's 15th annual undergraduate philosophy conference in Forest Grove, ... more »

    Supreme Court rejects bid to keep abused toddler on life support

    James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
    Hardly surprising: Supreme Court of Canada. * * BY NATALIE STECHYSON, POSTRMEDIA NEWS SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed a motion that would have kept a two-year-old Edmonton girl allegedly abused by her parents on life-support. On Thursday evening a panel of three Supreme Court judges dismissed the motion for a stay to keep Baby M., who doctors have described as permanently comatose, on life-support, ending a legal challenge from her parents who had appealed an Alberta court's decision to withdraw life-extending treatment.

    One Egyptian Pound Tax

    Hani Fakhouri at Middle East Today - 2 hours ago
    It is of interest to read an article in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Wafd (Sept. 17, 2012) in which the Minister of Treasury Mr. Mutaz al Saeed proposed a tax of “one Egyptian piaster” per talking minute on cellular phone users. He is proposing that the tax be collected by phone companies and turned into the treasury ministry to help lower the Egyptian budget deficit that has reached 170 billion Egyptian pounds. I posted similar proposals on my blog on December 4, 2009 and May 27, 2010. According to government statistics, there are more than 80 million cellular phone users in Egypt. ... more »

    Proof - Kurt Kobain

    Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
    "I put my soul through the ink Bless a path with thoughts at my faults Before I grow extinct" - Proof

    The Difference Between a CF-18 and the F-35

    The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
    If Canada had been operating the F-35 since 1988, we'd probably be hard pressed to find any still flying. Over the past 24-years, the twin-engine CF-18 has racked up plenty of bird strikes. In fact the amazing fighter, selected by the Trudeau government, has, during that period, had 67-instances where its engines ingested birds. A bird in the burner is always serious business. But a bird in the engine of a single-engine airplane such as the F-35 is a far different thing than a bird in one engine of a twin-engine fighter like the CF-18. Let's do the math. Two minus one equ... more »

    Metcalfe (PA-ALEC) A REal Piece of NASTY

    2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
    Today – Daryl Metcalfe of PA – made the news again – from the Nation: METCALFE: I don’t believe any legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise that right and takes on the according responsibility that goes with that right to secure their photo ID will be disenfranchised. As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people that are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors’ hard work, and we have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can’t fix that. Couldn’t stop but think what ... more »

    Parque Nacional Canaima en Venezuela - Cascadas

    José Luis Ávila Herrera at FotoFrontera - 3 hours ago
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    In the year since DADT repeal have the haters, liars, and nitwits learned anything

    KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
    *Statement by the President on the One Year Anniversary of the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell* A year ago today, we upheld the fundamental American values of fairness and equality by finally and formally repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Gay and lesbian Americans now no longer need to hide who they love in order to serve the country they love. It is a testament to the professionalism of our men and women in uniform that this change was implemented in an orderly manner, preserving unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness. As Commander in Chief, I've seen th... more »

    Listen Tiokasin Ghosthorse: Eradicating Ecocide

    brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
    *First Voices Indigenous Radio* Program: FVIR Thursday, September 20, 2012 [image: audio/mpeg icon]20120912FVIR.mp3 http://www.firstvoicesindigenousradio.org/node/348 *POLLY HIGGINS* is a lawyer who has dedicated her life to one client - Mother Earth. (www.pollyhiggins.com) Polly is a barrister, author and creator of new laws to protect the Earth. Polly has proposed that Ecocide is the missing 5th Crime Against Peace, to sit alongside genocide as an international crime throughout the world. We spend this hour about ERADICATING ECOCIDE (www.thisisecocide.com>. There are already four ... more »

    The Daily "Near You?"

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
    Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. Thanks for stopping by.

    "The Problem With Proverbs"

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
    *"The Problem With Proverbs"* by Patrick Cockburn "My father, Claud Cockburn, invented a game in which participants made up national sayings that had to be completely meaningless but sound appropriate to their purported country of origin. An example could be the traditional Norwegian saying, “the tree is taller than the highest wave” or, as they say in India, “all is not nothingness, nor the nothingness all”. The idea for the game came to him on the top of a bus in London which was crawling along in a traffic jam. He overheard a passenger in the seat in front of him complain to ... more »

    Stephen Colbert: Jesus Wife

    Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 5 hours ago
    *The Colbert Report* Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive

    "Lynching Invisible Obama"

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
    *"Lynching Invisible Obama"* by Abby Zimet "Some creep in Texas lynched an empty chair from a tree in his yard, an act presumably meant to mirror Clint Eastwood's RNC conversation with Obama. We're not sure what to say about this, or whether there is any earthly reason to show it, except that it and a lot of other ugliness like it is out there, and ignoring it doesn't make it go away, and maybe calling it out might help to. Or not. The homeowner, Republican Bud Johnson, won "Yard of the Month" in August 2010. "I don't really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. You can go... more »

    Nuclear experimentation killed free power part II

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
    Anthony Freda Art Jimmy Midnight Ethan Indigo Smith is my son, and I did help him with some scientific issues in the previously released,Nuclear Experimentation Killed Free Power Part I. I’m writing to defend on scientific, technical, statistical, rhetorical, and political grounds, his basic thesis. Allow me here to paraphrase: “To understand that nuclear experimentation is The Rabbit Hole of Death requires only minimal scientific knowledge.” Thanks to Tom Bedlam for his attentive reply, and for pointing out that, as far as anyone knows, there are no magnetic field disruption issu... more »

    Mysterious bird-like drone may have popped up in both Iraq and Pakistan, origin still unknown

    Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
    The quite strange unarmed bird-like drone which was recovered by Pakistani forces in August of 2011 apparently did not just fly over Pakistan, but was also apparently spotted by Iraqi insurgents at least two years before making its way to Pakistan. One might jump to the conclusion that the drone belongs to the United States since the U.S. is involved a great deal of drone operations in Pakistan – which the Pakistani parliament has unanimously declared must end. It also appears to be similar to some of the drone projects which are leaning towards designs influenced by birds and inse... more »

    "Feast of Fools and the Rule of Money"

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
    *"Feast of Fools and the Rule of Money"* How American Democracy Became the Property of a Commercial Oligarchy by Lewis H. Lapham "All power corrupts but some must govern." - John le Carré "The ritual performance of the legend of democracy in the autumn of 2012 promises the conspicuous consumption of $5.8 billion, enough money, thank God, to prove that our flag is still there. Forbidden the use of words apt to depress a Q Score or disturb a Gallup poll, the candidates stand as product placements meant to be seen instead of heard, their quality to be inferred from the cost of th... more »

    An Experiment in Mind-Controlled Assassination

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
    Nicholas West One of the grander conspiracy theories is that of overt and covert mind control. Covert methods include social programming such as our accepted educational institutions, advertising, propaganda, and other modern methods of mind control such as pharmaceuticals, and chemicals in our food, air, and water. More overt methods have been uncovered that literally attack and/or rewire brain function; these are the electronic methods of mind control. The goal within these two groups generally is to create a docile, easily manipulated population that will be unable to criticall... more »

    Portal 2012: Fixing The World

    Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 5 hours ago
    Thursday, September 20, 2012 *Fixing the World* A call has been issued by Hope Girl, the writter of this excellent blog: http://hopegirl2012.wordpress.com The idea is for people to submit their ideas about solutions how we transition from the current financial system into the new era of abundance for everyone: http://hopegirl2012.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/this-is-how-we-fix-the-world-by-hopegirl/ Deadline for submissions is September 24th: http://hopegirl2012.wordpress.com/instructions-and-form-for-submissions/ This is what she emailed me about this project: "There is a trem... more »

    California's Right to Know Campaign Gets Boost After Recent Bombshell Study

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
    *Activist Post* A recent peer-reviewed study published by the* Food and Chemical Toxicology Journal* demonstrated that Monsanto's best-selling weedkiller, Roundup, causes increased tumors, multiple organ damage and premature death in rats. The discovery is going viral and giving even more momentum to California's campaign for the right to have GM food labeled -- also known as Prop 37. Many experts have given their assessment of these findings, including molecular biologist Dr. Michael Antoniou in a must-see video here. In text from the video ad below, it is correctly pointed out... more »

    Mysterious package delivered to family, 10 minutes later police break down door and ransack home

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
    Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* A family in Beach Park, Illinois underwent a strange series of events after a mysterious package, allegedly containing marijuana, was delivered to their home. A mere 10 minutes after the package was delivered, which was not actually addressed to anyone in the family, police broke down the front door and confronted the family with guns drawn. Unfortunately, police raiding the wrong home is far from rare, although I guess we can be grateful that no one was killed in the botched drug raid which actually never turned up anything illicit. The *Lake Co... more »

    France Launches Major Investigation Into GMOs Following Tumor Study

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
    image source Anthony Gucciardi Following the release of a peer-reviewed piece of research linking the consumption of Monsanto’s Roundup-containing GMO crops to tumors and organ damage, the French government is now calling for a health agency investigation. Seeking to analyze the research and potentially ask European authorities to protect human health and abandon the use of GMO crops, France’s Agriculture Minister and others are now sounding the alarm. The study was the first to ever examine the true effects of lifelong GMO consumption in rats, and was dubbed ”the most thorough re... more »

    "How It Really Is"

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

    10 Quotes From Financial Experts About The Effect That QE3 Will Have On Gold And Silver

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
    Michael Snyder, *Contributor* Do you want to know what QE3 is going to do to the price of gold and the price of silver? Well, you can read what the financial experts are saying below, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out what is likely to happen. During QE3, the Federal Reserve will be introducing 40 billion new dollars that have been created out of nothing into the financial system each month. So there will be more dollars chasing roughly the same number of goods and services, and that means that more inflation is on the way. In an inflationary environment, investors tend... more »

    How to Prevent a Cold: 5 Ways to Fight off the Flu Naturally this Season

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
    Lisa Garber Flu season is upon us, but that’s no reason to race to the doctor and go under the needle. The history of the flu shot is riddled with controversy—including links to narcolepsy and the deadly nerve disease Guillain-Barre Syndrome. You’ll be safer and healthier by choosing natural methods to fight off the flu. There are tons of ways to boost your immune system and prevent getting sick; if you want to know how to prevent a cold and the flu naturally, eat things 5 foods regularly. *How to Prevent a Cold and the Flu – Garlic* The Greeks knew to use garlic to support the... more »

    Hypocrisy Not Democracy in America

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
    Dees Illustration Stephen Lendman, *Contributor* US elections are farcical. Obama and Romney represent two sides of the same coin. Neither offers choice. Democracy never existed and doesn't now. Rhetoric substitutes for reality. Republicans and Democrats offer the worst of all possible worlds. Ordinary people are entirely shut out. Growing numbers reject both parties for good reason. Money power owns them. "Are you better off" than four years ago, asked The New York Times? "There is really no reason for any hesitancy. The country is unquestionably better off than it was in 2008."... more »

    "The Notion..."

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
    "The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who loves his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair." - H.L. Mencken

    Levels of Arsenic in Rice Skyrocket, FDA Urged to Set Standards

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
    Lisa Garber A year after consumer groups pressured the Food and Drug Administration to define standards forarsenic in apple juice, they are now forming a similar push for rice. A new study shows an unsettling high level of arsenic—a carcinogenic element that appears in inorganic and organic form—in rice grown in southern states, but the FDA is discouraging panic. Still, arsenic in rice is scaring consumers everywhere. “Our advice right now is that consumers should continue to eat a balanced diet that includes a wide variety of grains—not only for good nutrition but also to mini... more »

    Brandon Turbeville - Agenda 21 & the Council on Governments Strategy Pt. 2

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
    *YouTube -- UCYTV* Part 2: As Above, So Below: The Globalist Agenda Reflected in Local Politics Through 'Council of Governments' http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/2012/08/as-above-so-below-globalist-agenda.html For Brandon Turbeville's most recent articles, visit his archive page: http://globalpoliticalawakening.blogspot.com/search/label/Brandon%20Turbeville Also visit: *Network: http://UCY.TV* *Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius... more »

    Survival Healthcare: 5 Things You Can Do Now to Promote Medical Self-Care

    Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
    Gaye Levy, *Contributor* Something not frequently addressed within the survival and prepping world is the importance of good health and medical self-care. What I am referring to is the importance of having the physical and mental wellness capacity to give you the stamina to to withstand adverse conditions, perhaps with minimal shelter, minimal water, minimal food stores, and minimal health care facilities. Think about it. As much as we prep and do our best to store a years worth of food and supplies, how much attention do we actually pay to taking care of ourselves and staying ... more »  

    Transcript: Sheldan Nidle on the Light Agenda – Part1/2

    Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
    *Transcript: Sheldan Nidle on the Light Agenda – Part1/2* 2012 SEPTEMBER 20 Posted by Stephen Cook Stephen Cook This is Part 1 of my interview with author and Galactic messenger Sheldan Nidle on The Light Agenda from August 9, 2012. Thanks to Ellen for the transcript. Sheldan first went public with the messages he received from his Sirian star brothers and sisters in 1992. He has since written several books, including You Are Becoming A Galactic Human, and continues to share his messages with us every week and host monthly webinars. We talk about Sheldan’s childhood, family a... more »

    “Rich Keep Raking It In While The 99.9% Struggle

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
    *“Rich Keep Raking It In While The 99.9% Struggle: * *Net Worth of America's 400 Richest Grows to $1.7 Trillion”* by RT America “The United States may be in crisis, but the rich keep getting richer. The net worth of the Forbes 400 richest Americans grew by 13 per cent in the past year to $1.7 trillion, as the gap between rich and poor continues to widen at a staggering rate. The average net worth of the 400 wealthiest Americans shot up by $400 million to a record $4.2 billion, Forbes said, serving to underscore glaring wealth inequality in America. Bill Gates, the chairman of Mi... more »

    Friday Morning Ramble: No Banks. No Key. Not here.

    Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
    *Is there anything intelligent to say about Banks and Key? Is there anything worth saying. I think not. * You know why it’s not news. *David Cunliffe making stuff up* – LINDSAY MITCHELL I don’t agree with all of his assumptions, but this is certainly true: “The current debate about monetary policy taking place in the public makes little sense.” *Reframing the monetary policy debate: Some notes* – Matt Nolan, THE VISIBLE HAND *New RBNZ PTA*– Matt Nolan, THE VISIBLE HAND “Meddling with the exchange rate isn’t a panacea for the world’s woes, Employers’ and Manufacturers’ Associati... more »

    "The Relentless Invasion of Our Minds"

    noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
    *"The Relentless Invasion of Our Minds"* by Zen Gardner "I can’t pound away enough about this subject, and I hope you are sounding off too. People would find it hard to believe how many types of technologies are being used on human minds today. We all know we’re “steered” and “walled off” to some degree by influences around us, not the least of which is the media and the onslaught of its corporofascist disinformation and advertising arm. Deeper influences include so-called modern education and the socially engineered dumbing-down of society for decades. Just look around you for ... more »

    Late Changes and the Rally Effect

    Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
    I'm a fan of Harry Enten, but I have to take exception to one thing he saidtoday in his state-of-the-election summary: But what about a game-changing event? Gaffes like Romney's 47% remarks have shown no ability to move the polls. Debates, as John Sides points out, have historically almost never made a difference. A foreign policy fiasco would almost certainly result in a rally around the leader effect, a la Carter in 1980, before the incumbent gets blamed. There isn't enough time for the "blame" part of the equation to occur before the election. It's that last one that I need to tal... more »

    Romney's fools

    Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
    This is worth a 1000 words on deluded Romney supporters. Taken today at a Romney rally in Florida where there was a sizeable crowd of anti-Romney protesters. Old, fat Romney man who is most probably on Medicare and who knows what other government programs manhandles a protester for daring to exercise his free speech rights. Because, free speech only applies to them, not anyone who disagrees with them. Tragic really, how much these old fools just radiate blind, mindless hate. [BuzzFeed photo by Zeke Miller] [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

    Truthout/Speakout: Gustavo Gutierrez and The Four Directions

    Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 7 hours ago
    Gustavo Gutierrez and The Four Directions: The Red and the Black… and the Yellow and White Truthout: http://eaglecondorproductions.weebly.com/support-the-2012-peace-and-dignity-journeys.html Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:44By Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, SpeakOut | Op-Ed *[image: Gustavo Gutierrez]* *Ce. Uno. One:* First memories. Through his daughter Raquel, I meet Gustavo Gutierrez in 1992, who by then, is already a legend. In Arizona, his name is synonymous with workers, farm workers, Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers movement and the Arizona Farm Worker's union. Had ... more »

    Cops For Pot

    The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
    Police officers gathered with judges and prosecutors in Denver today, coming out to support Colorado's marijuana legalization initiative. *Tony Ryan, a 36-year veteran Denver police lieutenant and LEAP, told reporters that the marijuana-related calls his department received were rarely threatening, and more likely the result of an axe to ground than serious concern. Marijuana use, he says, is not related to crime, and legalizing it would reduce the strain on officer resources. “Beyond just being ineffective, these laws waste important law enforcement resources that could instead b... more »

    Oily Republicans Frank Guinta, Buck McKeon And Patrick McHenry-- 3 of The Worst

    DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
    This week Carol Shea-Porter finally embarrassed Frank Guinta into debating her. But Shea-Porter came up against something very odd. This year the GOP-- having already publicly declared that they'll say whatever they want and not care what the fact checkers report-- has a simple theme to their campaigns: lie, lie, lie. It isn't just Romney who says one thing in public when cameras are rolling and another behind closed doors when he doesn't know cameras are rolling. And it isn't just Paul Ryan confirming every day on the campaign trail his well-deserved nickname, Lyin' Ryan. The whol... more »

    Jon Stewart - Chaos on Bullshit Mountain

    The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
    Jon Stewart elegantly dismembers FOX News Stewart hits this right out of the ballpark.

    4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles), the quake hit at 18:32:13 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 74 km (45.8 miles) East of Miyako, Honshu, Japan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    Texas Republican Symbolically Lynches Obama

    The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
    A Texas Republican has strung up an "empty chair" from a tree in his front yard. That the chair symbolizes Obama, a la Clint Eastwood, The homeowner was contacted about the gruesome display and responded*, "I don't really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don't give a shit. If you don't like it, don't come down my street."*

    5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck the NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA at a depth of 123 km (76.2 miles), the quake hit at 17:44:52 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 40 km (24.8 miles) WSW of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    4.3 Magnitude Earthquake VERACRUZ, MEXICO - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck VERACRUZ, MEXICO at a depth of 114.1 km (70.9 miles), the quake hit at 16:58:43 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 24 km (14 miles) Northeast of Jesus Carranza, Mexico No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    China and Vietnam battle H5N1 outbreaks

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    *Sep 18, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – China today reported a large H5N1 outbreak at a duck farm in Guangdong province, a day after veterinary officials in Vietnam reported the virus struck poultry in Hoa Binh province, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). * * *The H5N1 outbreak in China started on Sep 11 at the farm in the city of Zhanjiang, which is a large urban area in the southwestern part of the south China province. The virus sickened 14,050 of 73,800 susceptible ducks, killing 6,300 of them. The remaining birds were culled to curb the spread of th... more »

    Bright white meteorite spotted over Skidbrooke, United Kingdom

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    *A LARGE meteorite was spotted over Skidbrooke on Wednesday night, as well as other areas across the country. * Tom Redmayne, of North Somercotes, called us to report his sighting, described as a ‘silent bright white fireball, becoming orange before disappearing’ which he saw for only around two seconds. Tom said he was looking out towards the North Sea at around 7.23pm when he saw the light. “It had one large body and about five or six smaller pieces falling away,” he said. “The smaller fragments disappeared first and the large piece was the last to go. “It fell at steep downwar... more »

    Philip L. Russell : Mexican Elections Widen Political Chasm

    thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 8 hours ago
    Members of #yosoy132 protest alleged election fraud in Mexico. Image from Center for International Policy. The Mexican elections: Decision and division The court decision once again showed how divided Mexico is and how inured to election violations its population is. By Philip L. Russell / The Rag Blog / September 20, 2012 MEXICO CITY -- The 2012 Mexican presidential elections widened the

    Australia: Thousands of fish found dead in Brisbane River

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
    *The Queensland Government says it may be weeks before it knows the reason behind the deaths of several thousand fish in the Brisbane River at Lowood. * The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) will test water and fish samples, after catfish were found floating along the creek bank at Lowood last week. Crews from Somerset Regional Council and Seqwater are expected to continue the clean-up today. DEHP executive director Andrew Connor says it is a large kill. "The majority of the dead fish are located around Lowood with small numbers being found further upstream a... more »

    How the media question US Presidential candidates

    Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
    Main Stream Media to Mitt Romney: "Given that the opinions you expressed about our DEAR LEADER'S foreign and domestic policy are TRUE, but OFFENSIVE to US, your "Progressive Betters", tell us in specific detail ALL you would do to restore the Constitution, fix 100 years of Progressive bungling and interference in private economic affairs, and the willful handing of power to America's enemies. You have one minute to reply." Main Stream Media to Barack Obama: "What kind of Girl Scout cookie do you like best?" Quite funny and also not too far from the truth. I found this comment somew... more »

    Spare Yourself Being Distracted At This Point By Any Playground Bullies

    Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
    *Spare yourself being distracted at this point by any playground bullies.* Michael channeled by Ron Head September 20, 2012 in Michael, Ron's Channeled Messages Today let us not forget to mention the impending equinox. “Oh no!”, thinks our channel. “We are going to get the light and energy stuff again.” OK. We will spare you that… after we point out that not only will you receive it stronger than ever, but there will be subtle changes as you move into this last quarter of your solar year and also into new abilities to sustain higher and higher volumes and frequencies. We als... more »

    For Paul Ryan, it's about individualism vs. collectivism

    Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 9 hours ago
    This is a bit too obscure to make a noticeable difference in the campaign, but illuminating. A Catholic website delves into an old speech by Paul Ryan where he makes his disdain for Medicare and Social Security explicit: This isn’t from a secret video, it’s from the untranscribed portion of Ryan’s 2005 speech at the Atlas Society’s “Celebration of Ayn Rand.” It fits well with the Romney video because it makes clear that middle class entitlements, “so called defined benefit programs” such as Social Security and Medicare ARE an explicit strategic target because they are collectivisti... more »

    What was Beethoven's favorite fruit?

    James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago

    In a Sane World...

    Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
    Actually, I have no problem with the world we live in. Politicians are held to incredibly foolish standards, but the rules are for the most part spelled out, so basically that works out reasonably well. But it is sometimes worth pointing out the insanity of it. What brings this on is today's big campaign gaffe, in which Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine managed to mangle his talking points on taxes during a debate, somehow winding up supporting tax increases for those who don't currently pay income taxes. Who are, as we've been hearing all week, in many cases elderly, d... more »

    Big Fun

    noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 9 hours ago
    Clear your schedule. Cancel meetings. Wow, this is good. Check out the detailed agenda for our 10th anniversary celebration next week on the CU Campus in Old Main: *Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences* * Center for Science and Technology Policy Research* * 10th Anniversary Agenda * *September 27, 2012 * * Old Main Auditorium * * University of Colorado-Boulder * Hotel Information for out-of-town guests *9:00-10:30 am “Extremes: Nature, Society and Policy” panel discussion * Panelists: Shali Mohleji (American Meteorological Society Policy Program) Roger Pi... more »

    Jonah Raskin : The First Amendment Sucks

    thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
    Cartoon by Ramiro Zardoya / Cartoon Movement. And it's not written in stone: The First Amendment sucks Once upon a time, I never would have said this. But I am saying it now: we have to watch what we say if we are to live at peace with one another. By Jonah Raskin / The Rag Blog / September 20, 2012 In the wake of the murders of four Americans in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador J.

    Looking Inside Mitt Romney

    The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
    It may be a bit premature but *New York Times* columnist Charlie Blow offers an elegant autopsy of Mitt Romney. *Romney is trapped by a desperate desire for legitimacy. He is a square — in more ways than one — trying to squeeze himself into the conservative circle of trust.* *In so doing, he says all the right things the wrong way. His facts are off. His timing is off. His pitch is off. He’s just off. Try as he may, he just doesn’t fit in. But he’s now so lost in his thirst for high office that he has also lost himself. Co-opted convictions will always betray you.* *Romney, whose... more »

    Mohawk Nation News 'Freedom to lie, Freedom to kill'

    brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
    *FREEDOM TO LIE. FREEDOM TO KILL.* *www.mohawknationnews.com* ** *MNN. Sept. 19, 2012. To Americans freedom of speech means the ruling masters train their people to be abused without complaining. They are unnatural, living a decaying life on top of steel, concrete and glass. Their put-down culture is to deceive and insult each other on a road paved with trickery and twisting of reality. Their most dangerous obstacle is the truth, which they set out to kill at every turn. * * * *As the Muslim riots demonstrate, when natural people are unfairly insulted, they seethe with anger. The f... more »

    Will Your Vote Count in the Upcoming Election?

    Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
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    The revolving door

    Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 10 hours ago
    It just keeps spinning on K Street. TPaw flees the sinking Mittanic and goes for the reported $1.8 million payoff: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will take over one of K Street’s most prestigious jobs as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable. The group announced Thursday morning that the former GOP candidate for president would replace longtime CEO Steve Bartlett. Pawlenty has stepped down as co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to take the position. The Mittster is putting a brave face on it. Romney tells the media, "While I regret he cannot continue as co-c... more »

    The Victoria Times Colonist Calls "Bulls__t" on Christy Clark.

    The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
    *You Go Girl. No, Seriously, Just Go.* The untested, unproven and unbelievable premier of British Columbia is paying dearly for her cracks about her very own legislature. The centre-right *Times Colonist* is having a field day with Clark and her unfortunate remarks. Pundit Les Leyne volunteered that Clark may have *Romneyed* next year's election. "*To 'Romney'* *is to speak from the heart during an unguarded moment and say something so fantastically stupid that it winds up destroying your campaign*." And the main editorial today is even harder on Premier CC: *When she was runni... more »

    Weaver to Run for Greens in Victoria

    The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
    One of Canada's top climate scientists, University of Victoria prof Andrew Weaver, is going to run for the Green Party in Victoria in the next provincial election. Finally the Greens will get the scientific credentials muscle that only a guy like Dr. Weaver can offer. With May, federally, and Weaver, in B.C., the Greens look like a very attractive alternative to the NDP and Liberals in Victoria and in Ottawa.

    Data is not the problem. Data is not the solution.

    PM at The Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
    Data is not good government. Even when it wears a green eyeshade.The *Wonkblog* view of the world presumes that social problems should be met with policy solutions, and that the best way to analyze policies is to have better data. To an extent, I agree. All else being true, better data *does* make for better policy. But that is a trivial conclusion. Politics is not policy. Indeed, data isn't politics either. And what *Wonkblog* provides is frequently an inaccurate guide to all three. The biggest problem with the *Wonkblog* attitude is its unthinkingly technocratic approach to ever... more »

    Project Gunrunner enters Oz phase with Attorney General denial

    brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
    *Censored News On the Border*** * Project Gunrunner enters Oz phase with Attorney General's denial*  ATF Project Gunrunner brochure, revised in 2008. *By Brenda Norrell Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com TUCSON -- US Attorney General Eric Holder claims he didn’t know about Project Gunrunner‘s Fast and Furious. Maybe these reports will jog his memory. There’s the Department of Justice report in 2010 which states that Project Gunrunner began in Laredo, Texas, during the Bush administration in 2005. http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/OIG_report.pdf There’s... more »

    5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
    A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the MOLUCCA SEA at a depth of 83.3 km (51.8 miles), the quake hit at 15:52:34 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 165 km (103 miles) NNW from Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    Florida county plans for rising seas and the flooding that will follow – Developers, climate-change naysayers promote conspiracy theory

    Jim at Desdemona Despair - 10 hours ago
    [image: County officials in Broward County, Florida, meet to discuss planning for rising sea levels, 13 September 2012. By 2060, residents of the posh Las Olas Boulevard community in Fort Lauderdale could find seawater lapping at their doors. Parts of Hollywood, Hallandale Beach and Dania Beach also could be wading in water at high tide, county officials warn. Sun Sentinel] By Brittany Wallman 13 September 2012 (Sun Sentinel) – By 2060, residents of the posh Las Olas Boulevard community in Fort Lauderdale could find seawater lapping at their doors. Parts of Hollywood, Hallandale ... more »

    Arizona sb 1070 Abuse Hotline

    Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 10 hours ago
    * "WE ARE ONE FAMILY" -* *OUR RESPONSE TO THE RACIST, BACKWARD DECISION ON SB 1070* *Arizonans Vow To Continue Working for the Repeal of SB 1070* * * *Tucson* - The Coalición de Derechos Humanos family and other local organizations join the millions across the state and the nation in expressing our opposition to the decision of U. S. District Court Susan Bolton to permit the immediate enforcement of Section 2B of Arizona's "papers please" historic legislation mandating that thousands of state law enforcement officers become the "frontline" for the U. S Border Patrol. The community k... more »


    Anon at aangirfan - 11 hours ago
    The Moslem World is being destroyed by Islamists who have no sense of humour. *MI6 outing* And by Islamists helping to keep the Feudal System in place. And by Islamists helping Mossad bring about a Clash of Civilisations. The Saudis have poured money into the Maldives. Most of the Indian population and most of the expats are fleeing from the Maldives, due to fear for their safety. Islamic law Both China and the USA would like to 'control' the Maldives. *Mad Moslems wrecking the Maldives.* On 13 September 2012, the Maldives' Islamic Affairs Ministry moved to ban dancing. ... more »

    It wasn't me it was Jew

    Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
    I have just found an interesting website - It wasn't me it was Jew - which lists 'All those absurd stories blamed on the Jews' . Take a look, it is fascinating how much we Jews are to blame for.

    The Obama you Don't know

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    *Introduction: The Obama you don't know* Few if any of his predecessors took the oath of office with higher public hopes for his success than President Obama on Jan. 20, 2009. Millions of Americans hailed his election as an end... *Chapter I: A childhood of privilege, not hardship* First lady Michelle Obama told the Democratic National Convention that "Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions." It is... Read More *Chapter II: The myth of the 'rock-star professor'* Time magazine gushed in 2008 about Barack Obama's 12-... more »


    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    *The US embassy in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, has become the latest target of protesters angry at an anti-Islam video that triggered protests in the Arab and Muslim world. * The total number of protesters reached around 5,000 later on Thursday with the arrival of protesters carrying the flags of hardline Islamist groups. At least 50 people were injured as police fired tear gas and live rounds towards the crowds. Hundreds of students from various colleges and educational institutions in Islamabad had begun clashing with police as security forces tried to block them from reaching... more »  

    Context is everything

    Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 11 hours ago
    Team Rmoney shamelessly creates ads by taking President Obama out of context. Their entire smear campaign relies on that trick. Today, Truth Team Obama turns the tables. Not sure who the target audience is here, but very cute ad: [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]


    éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
    ------------------------------ *September 20, 2012 at 01:46:26* *Promoted to Headline (H3) on 9/20/12: Permalink* * * *Unconditional Surrender in Chicago* *By **Stephen Lendman (about the author)* opednews.com *Unconditional Surrender in Chicago* *Corrupt city officials and union bosses sold out teachers, parents and kids.* by Stephen Lendman September 18, 2012 will be remembered in Chicago as a day of infamy. Corrupt city officials and union bosses won. Teachers, parents, and kids lost. On September 10, teachers walked out. Core issues were at stake. Most i... more »

    Facts are assumed true on pleadings sufficiency motions

    James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
    *Schembri v. Way*, 2012 ONCA 620 has a good passage making clear that pleading sufficiency motions are not to be determined on evidence but on the pleadings alone: [33] The motion judge also erred in suggesting that there must be evidence to sustain such a claim. It may be that because there was such an abundance of evidence already developed in the record in this matter, the motion judge expected sworn or documentary evidence to support the proposed new pleadings. However, that is not a requirement on a motion to add a party (subject to other considerations such as prej... more »

    Suicide bomber kills eight in Somali capital: witnesses

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    *MOGADISHU — A suicide bomber killed at least eight people and severely wounded several more Thursday in a restaurant in the centre of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, witnesses said.* The attack -- the latest in the war-ravaged city where Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents have vowed to topple the government -- was one of the first to target several new upmarket restaurants set up by the Somali diaspora. "I saw eight people killed in the blast, and around them there were many wounded, many of them with severe wounds," said Hassan Ibrahim Abdullahi, who was in the restaurant at the tim... more »

    Veal Pen Lunch Today At Hunan Dynasty, 215 Pennsylvania Avenue (Inside-the-Beltway)

    DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
    When Nancy Pelosi said she picked Steve Israel to head the DCCC-- over sleazy operator Debbie Wasserman Schultz, no less-- she claimed she was looking for someone with sufficient reptilian tendencies. Well, she found a snake all right, but one who's likely to keep the House Democrats from winning a majority in November Reptile dysfunction! Beltway pundits say Israel and the DCCC simply haven't put enough races in play to threaten GOP control of the chamber. And worse than that, Israel is picking the wrong races, primarily races based on his moronic hope to re-stock the House Democr... more »

    IRAN: Hundreds chant 'Death to France,' 'Down with the U.S.'...

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
    *IRAN* Hundreds of students and clerics gathered outside the French embassy in Tehran to protest the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a French satirical weekly. Protesters chanted "Death to France" and "Down with the U.S." and burned the flags of the United States and Israel. The demonstration ended after two hours. --- *IRAQ* Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned the U.S.-produced film and the French weekly's cartoons as offensive to Muslims and called on Shiites and Sunnis to unite in defense of Islamic values. Speaking in the Shiite holy city of Najaf ... more »

    Tax cuts don’t cause economic growth: new study spanning 65 years

    Jim at Desdemona Despair - 11 hours ago
    [image: U.,S. tax policy and the shrinking pie, 1986-2006: each point on this graph represents average U.S. economic growth over a five-year period starting at that point. The peak growth period was 1995-2000, following the 1993 Clinton tax increase. The lowest growth period has been the 2001 Bush tax cuts. The New York Times / Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, via Haver Analytics] By Derek Thompson 16 September 2012 Here's a brief economic history of the last quarter-century in taxes and growth. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush raised taxes, and GDP growth increased ove... more »

    James Holmes to appear in court as new charges sought

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    *(CNN) -- The man accused of spraying bullets in a crowded Colorado movie theater, leaving 12 dead and 58 wounded, is scheduled to attend a court hearing Thursday as prosecutors seek additional charges. * Authorities charged James Holmes with murder and attempted murder. He also faces weapons charges in the July 20 shooting during the midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," in Aurora. At Thursday's hearing, lawyers are expected to discuss a new prosecution request to add 10 charges to the more than 140 he already faces, according to a state court offic... more »

    Dozens killed as Syrian warplanes hit gas station

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    *Damascus, Syria (CNN) -- Syrian government warplanes targeted a northern town Thursday, hitting a gas station and triggering an explosion that killed at least 55 people, opposition forces said.* It's the latest salvo in Syria's bloody 18-month-old civil war that shows no sign of letting up. Dozens were wounded in the airstrike in Raqqa province that two opposition groups said were carried out by Syrian government aircraft. The strike comes a day after rebels seized a border crossing in Raqqa near Syria's border with Turkey. The number of people killed Thursday in Syria was 173, a... more »

    Assad plans to transfer chemical weapons to Hezbollah: Syrian defected general

    Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would transfer the chemical weapons to the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, a Syrian defected general told the Times of London. Former Syrian general turned defector, Major-General Adnan Sillu, said that aside from plans to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, Syria had planned to use chemical weapons on the Syrian people, “as a last resort,” a report on the Israeli online edition of Haaretz said, quoting the Times. “We were in a serious discussion about the use of chemical weapons, including how we would use them and in what areas,” Sillu said. “We disc... more »

    GM NOT Safe: More Evidence

    Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
    Study on Monsanto GM corn concerns draws skepticism By Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland, Reuters 20 September 12 Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/20/us-gmcrops-safety-idUSBRE88J0MS20120920 (Excerpted from Reuters) - In a study that prompted sharp criticism from other experts, French scientists said on Wednesday that rats fed on Monsanto's genetically modified corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller suffered tumors and multiple organ damage. The French government asked the country's health watchdog to investigate the findings further, although a number of scientist... more »

    Thousands of boys 'at least four years behind in reading'

    Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    More than 20,000 boys left primary school this summer with the reading skills of a seven-year-old or worse, according to official figures. Seven per cent of 11-year-old boys will be starting secondary education with ability levels no better than those expected of the average infant, it was revealed. Despite a record rise in results this year, figures showed that boys were almost twice as likely as girls to fail basic reading tests. In all, some 20,300 boys were at Level 2 or below in reading – the standard normally expected after just two years of compulsory schooling – compared ... more »

    Police And Protesters Clash In Pakistan

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    *At least 50 people were injured as some 5,000 Pakistanis - some carrying the flags of Islamist groups - protested over a US film.* Officers fired tear gas and live rounds as the demonstrators, many armed with wooden clubs, tried to reach Islamabad's heavily-guarded diplomatic enclave. It is home to most Western embassies, including the US, British and French missions. The government called in the army to protect the enclave after protesters broke through a barrier of shipping containers set up by police to block a road leading to the area. An initial demonstration of around 1,000... more »

    4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck OFF WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 13:42:10 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 452 km (280.2 miles) Southwest of Banda aceh, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    Kim Rivera

    thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 12 hours ago
    So, the harpercon cartel has decided to deport US war resister Kim Rivera. The harpercon government (and their brain-dead fans) believe that because you voluntarily join the US military you are bound, legally and morally, to participate in illegal wars and all the other war crimes that follow from that illegal act. The harpercons believe that Canada should not harbour people of conscience who want no part in the mass slaughter of innocent people (well over 1 million by this point) and the pain and trauma of millions more who are either maimed, wounded, turned into homeless refugees,... more »

    The Time has Come to Indict and Try George W. Bush/U.S War Criminals

    Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 12 hours ago
    *by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy* It has been said that George W. Bush is immune from prosecution for war crimes. I do not believe that that is the case. Treaties to which the U.S. is signatory and obliged say otherwise. I know of no act of Congress rescinding U.S. obligations to the *Principles of Nuremberg*. Congressional Repeal of Treaties.—It is in respect to his contention that, when it is asked to carry a treaty into effect, Congress has the constitutional right, and indeed the duty, to determine the matter according to its own ideas of what is expedient, that Madison... more »

    The power of oil . . .

    Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 12 hours ago
    IRANIAN OIL has all sorts of political complexities, a lot of which are not immediately apparent to those of us who rely on orthodox news sources and commentary. Indeed, as we see, the Iranian nuke project and the posturing over Hormuz is rather a side-show, a distraction for American conservatives to dick-thump over. ALJAZEERA has a report by Pepe Escobar, who is the roving correspondent for

    Photo United Native Americans helps shut down Monsanto

    brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
    United Native Americans was among those who shut down Monsanto in Davis, Calif. for the day on Monday, Sept. 20, 2012. UNA Shutting Down Monsanto Decolonizing The USDA Demanding Labeling of All Genetically Modified Foods. We Support "Yes" on Prop 37 . Much Love & Respect to All The People Who Came Out & Helped Us Shut Down Monsanto & to Support "Yes" to Prop 37. List of Endorsers: By date of endorsement The Anti-Monsanto Project Occupy Davis Occupy Woodland Occupy Sacramento Peace & Freedom Party Yolo County Labor Council for Latin American Advancement AFL-CIO Sacramento Chapte... more » 

    he unknown comic

    Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
    the gong show murray langston the unknown comic confessions of a dangerous mind

    Record-high Antarctic sea ice extent is consistent with global warming

    Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
    [image: Minimum and maximum sea ice cover for the Arctic and Antarctic. Winter in the Southern Hemisphere is opposite that of the Northern Hemisphere, which explains why Antarctica has less sea ice during February. The black circles in the center of the Northern Hemisphere images are areas lacking data due to limitations in satellite coverage at the North Pole. National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado] By Natalie Wolchover 19 September 2012 Distracting from the news that Arctic sea-ice extent reached a record lowon 16 September 2012 is a widely... more »

    4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 46.6 km (29 miles), the quake hit at 12:42:39 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 37 km (22 miles) NNE of San Isidro, Philippines No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    Monument Valley Film and Blues Festival Sept 21-23 2012

    brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
    Film schedule for Saturday and Sunday http://www.monumentvalleyfilmfest.com/

    4.1 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 20th September 2012

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
    A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck GUATEMALA at a depth of 71.3 km (44.3 miles), the quake hit at 09:29:52 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012 The epicenter was 11 km (6.8 miles) SSE of La Gomera, Guatemala No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

    (Insert Your Name Here)

    Sophia at American Kabuki - 13 hours ago
    We are swimming in a sea of shoulds. The list of what we must do in order to ascend is almost as long as our 3D list. These 3D lists were created by those who would keep you so busy being you, *that you’d lose the very essence of your being. *It would appear that we’ve traded one list for another. While it is true that there are things that inhibit spiritual growth and others that propel it; none of them exist outside of you. What this means is that any activity can become a sacred activity. It is the state and intent of our heart that determines our experience. In much t... more »

    Russia accuses US development agency of election meddling

    Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
    The Independent The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the United States of interfering in its elections. On Monday, the US administration revealed that Russia had asked it to close down the office of its development arm USAID in Moscow, which employs 13 US diplomats and gives out $50m (£30m) of funding a year. In an official Foreign Ministry statement released yesterday, the Russian government accused USAID of "attempts to influence political processes through the distribution of grants". The agency funded a number of NGOs in areas such as election monitoring, anti-corruption ... more »

    Hypocrisy and Sequestration

    Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
    The Hotline's Reid Wilson says: Every member of Congress who complains about sequestration should be required to admit whether voted for it in the same breath. I strongly disagree with the implication here, which is that it's hypocritical to have voted "for" sequestration but then be against it. Remember how we got here. House Republicans (and, I suppose, Senate Republicans too, although they as a group weren't really driving the process) demanded huge spending cuts as a condition for raising the debt limit. Democrats refused. The result was a stalemate, which threatened to produce... more »

    A sighting and notice of another to come...

    Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
    UK Gold (Sky Channel 110) at 16:07, that part of that episode of The Good Life.Which means at 17:07 Gold +1 (Sky Channel 133) might be of interest. What am I talking about? take a look here for details. Oh OK it's Feleicity Kendal in all her glory, well one part anyway... The video, 2:57 is where it gets interesting...

    Kristof nails it at Club 47!

    bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
    *THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012* *In the process, he offers false balance:* For our money, Nicholas Kristof does a very good job today explaining the 47 percent. That doesn’t mean there are no errors, or perhaps apparent errors, in his well rendered column. One example: Would that kindergarten teacher really be part of Club 47? KRISTOF (9/20/12): As I watched a video of Mitt Romney scolding moochers suffering from a culture of dependency, I thought of American soldiers I’ve met in Afghanistan and Iraq. They don’t pay federal income tax while they’re in combat zones, and they rely on ... more »

    We Got Rallies, Mini-Rallies, MASSIVE Rallies, All Kindsa Ralllies

    noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 13 hours ago
    Fall is a busy time for fetus fetishists and this year even more so. First up, the second hour of debate and vote on Woody's Wank tomorrow (Sept. 21) and Wednesday (Sept. 26) respectively. (Note Kady O'Malley will be live blogging/tweeting the debate starting at 1:30.) Also on September 26, the annual 40 Days of Harassment begins. And in Ontario there will be a repeat of last year's Defund Abortion Rallythat was sadly marred by the absence of Premier Tim ('I Will Defund Abortion') Hudak. This year's Defund Rally, sponsored again by Campaign Lie, will be bigger and better. Of cours... more »

    Please Help Today

    Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
    *We can't survive without your support.* *================================* Without your financial support, we would never be able to do all the work that we do, including delivering the news and truth to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can give a one-time donation, or subscribe monthly, both of which help tremendously. *One-time donation* Small donation $5.00 USD Medium donation $10.00 USD Large donation $20.00 USD Saviour donation $50.00 USD True friend of the CC $100.00 USD *Coming Crisis Monthly Subscription* Small subscription: $1.99 USD - monthly ... more »

    Iran pours more troops into Syria, ready to target Israel from Syria and Lebanon

    Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
    Iran continues to fly military personnel and quantities of weapons into Syria by civilian aircraft which cut through Iraqi airspace, American intelligence sources disclosed early Thursday, Sept. 20. UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon also said that, "Unfortunately, both [Syrian] sides, government and opposition forces, seem to be determined to see the end by military means." Clearly, Iran is augmenting its military involvement in the constantly escalating Syrian civil war, broadening it into a multinational conflict which threatens to drag Lebanon in, by means of the Iranian-Syrian a... more »

    31% of Canadian kids are overweight or obese

    Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
    Almost a third of Canadians aged five to 17 are overweight or obese, Statistics Canada finds. The prevalence of overweight and obese Canadian children hasn't increased over the past decade, but the agency said Thursday that it remains a public health concern. Using World Health Organization standards of measurement, 31.5 per cent of five- to 17-year-olds — an estimated 1.6 million Canadians — were classified as overweight (19.8 per cent) or obese (11.7 per cent) in 2009 to 2011. Among children aged five to 11, the percentage of obese boys (19.5 per cent) was more than three times... more »

    Syria Crisis: West staked on Extremists

    Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
    A bit short on time today. Interesting interview. Including commentary on the Ambassador's death in Libya- *Gennady Yevstafyev, retired Lieutenant General of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, believes there is no blanket support for the Western cries about democracy and modernization in the broader Middle East. One can't ignore the fact that people who killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens are active in Syrian affairs *a*nd this is the kind of people which America and the West support. *I*n Syria, they are the driving force for the opposition to the secular regime..* W... more »

    Abby Martin: "They Hate Us Because We Bomb Them..."

    Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
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    U.S. 'officially denies' plans to invade Canada (Because they're likely already doing so economically)

    Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
    Canada, you can rest easy. Or can you? The U.S. State Department denies secret meetings with Mexico to plan an invasion of Canada. How did it come to this? It started as a joke between a journalist and a spokeswoman for the State Department. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland fielded questions Tuesday about a closed-door "signing ceremony" between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa. Nuland said she thought it was an update on the the Merida Initiative to fight organized crime. "This isn't some secret thing … to invade Canada or something lik... more »

    Still guilty: Italy upholds verdict against 23 CIA agents in rendition trial

    Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
    Russia Today Italy’s highest criminal court upheld the guilty verdict of 23 Americans in connection with the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program. The CIA agents that abducted an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street may now face extradition. Twenty-two CIA officers and one US Air Force officers were ordered to serve jail time in Italy for the illegal kidnapping of Egyptian terror suspect cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr from a Milan street in 2003. Nasr was transported to Egypt by the CIA as part of their extraordinary rendition program, where he was allegedly tortured fo... more »

    MISUSE THE CHILDREN WELL: Laurel and Ravitch!

    bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
    *THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012* *Part 3—Gail Collins types what she's told:* All through her work on the Texas schools, Gail Collins displays a tremendous tolerance for not knowing what she is talking about. The breezy style stays firmly in place. The facts and the logic are fuzzy: COLLINS (*page 75*): *When the Reagan White House started ringing the warning bell about international competition in the 1980s, Texas was still close to the bottom of the barrel when it came to the quality of education.*Beginning public school teachers were paid $4,100 per year. Administrative costs were ... more »

    Drug giants fined $11bn for criminal wrongdoing

    Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
    The Independent Jeremy Laurance *Fines are not enough to reform drug industry, warn lawyers* * * The global pharmaceutical industry has racked up fines of more than $11bn in the past three years for criminal wrongdoing, including withholding safety data and promoting drugs for use beyond their licensed conditions. In all, 26 companies, including eight of the 10 top players in the global industry, have been found to be acting dishonestly. The scale of the wrongdoing, revealed for the first time, has undermined public and professional trust in the industry and is holding back clin... more »

    EU-Iran nuclear talks ‘useful and constructive,’ Iranian envoy reports

    Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
    *Times of Israel Saeed Jalili hopes his meeting with Catherine Ashton will ‘bring the common points closer together’ * * * EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, speaks with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili during May talks in Baghdad Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator on Wednesday reported progress in talks aimed at restarting negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program, calling a meeting with European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton a day earlier “positive and fruitful.” Saeed Jalili offered few concrete details about Tuesday’s meeting with Ashton in Istanb... more »

    Strip Searches

    James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
    R. v. A.(Z.), 2012 ONCJ 541 is a useful case outlining the law regarding routine strip searches of prisoners: [66] Before setting out the law and pertinent factors relating to a strip search, it is important that certain of my factual findings be placed before the reader of this judgment: I have found in this case there were no reasonably based concerns that A.Z., a young person, was in possession of weapons, contraband or hidden evidence. Although he was rude, there is no evidence he was predisposed to or had a history of violence. The youth had already been subject to two searche... more »

    Oshawa Courthouse

    James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago

    Insane reaction to the PBS interview with Anthony Watts

    Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
    Three days ago, PBS did a piece on the climate change debate and featured Richard Muller as an alarmist (self-described converted ex-skeptic) and Anthony Watts as a skeptic (and later others such as Judith Curry): Climate Change Skeptic Says Global Warming Crowd Oversells Its Message If you listen to those 9.5 minutes, you may agree with me that Anthony Watts was speaking as a lukewarmer. It doesn't mean that I sharply disagreed with something; I didn't. (Well, I found Anthony's focus on the urban heat islands excessive and at one point, he almost denied that there exist any natur... more »


    New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 15 hours ago
    *AARP Expo starts today bringing millions of dollars and celebrities ~WWL* *Press-ing On ~NOLA DEFENDER* *Orleans Parish residents could pay more on water bills ~WVUE* *Flood barriers pass test ~Amy Wold, Advocate* *BP's deep cleaning proposal draws debate ~Nikki Buskey, Daily Comet* *NOLA Brewing's Cool New Renovations and Releases ~Eater New Orleans* *Susan Cowsill: What Is Happy? ~Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins*


    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
    *Police are deeply concerned that racial violence like that of the 2005 Cronulla riots could erupt this weekend, in response to last Saturday's Muslim demonstration in Sydney.* 7.30 has revealed that white-pride groups are growing online, with a series of online and text messages showing planned retaliation. Provocative messaged have begun to appear on Facebook pages, calling on white "home-grown" Australians to respond violently to protests. On Wednesday night, the following text message found its way online, urging non-Muslim Australians in Victoria to unite and fight back at a pl... more »

    Bernie Sanders, Jon Stewart Dissect Squirming Little Insect On The TV

    DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
    What was the real meaning of Romney's declaration of class war against 47% of Americans at the $50,000/plat dinner at Mark Leder's mansion? This isn't about a "gotcha moment" or an embarrassing "inelegant" misstatement. This was the real Mitt Romney taking to American elites like himself... the vicious predators and self-entitled social parasites who are determined to suck Americans dry. As John Stewart reminded his audience Tuesday, it turns out, nearly two-thirds of Romney's "moochers," pay payroll tax and these freeloaders are actually comprised of those making less than $20,000... more »

    It's Coming

    Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 15 hours ago
    It was over the weekend I started noticing the trees in my neighborhood slowly changing colour. A reminder is slowly starting to accumulate on my front yard although these leaves are pretty much all from the next tree next door. I've quickly lost track off how many long wavy "V"'s of Canada geese have overflown the area here in recent days and there is a perceptible chill in the morning as I wait for my bus to work. All signs that fall is right around the corner.

    Read Stuff, You Should

    Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
    Happy Birthday to Sophia Loren, 78. The good stuff: 1. Hey, a local House race is getting national press! A new poll has challenger Pete Gallego leading first-term Republican incumbent Quico Canseco by five points in TX 23. Reported by Scott Bland, who does an excellent job with House elections. 2. Speaking of which: a House seat prediction from Eric McGhee, John Sides, and Ben Highton. See also Eric on the uncertainty in the forecast...and what it's good for, anyway. 3. Also, Republican chances in the Senate are weakening; Nate Silver has the numbers. 4. Ooooh, shiny. Congress.g... more »

    Thursday Morning Linkage

    Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
    This Bear is Ready for Duck Season Photo: Dan Nexon - Major strike in India to protest liberalization. - William Burr: Presidential Decision Directive 59 and nuclear warfighting under Carter. - James Joyner provides further dissection of the apparent implosion of the US exit strategy in Afghanistan. - Fresh Air interviews Doug Sanders about his new book, *The Myth of the Muslim Tide*. - Zephyr Teachout at *Mobilizing Ideas *on "Big Data and Big Money." - David Kaib's discussion of observations from the outgoing editors of the *APSR* probably deserves ... more »

    French satirise religion, English squirm, Muslims riot.

    Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 15 hours ago
    One cannot but admire the French for their refusal to kowtow to the despotic dictatorship of political correctness. In the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, the reaction of Muslims to the poorly made parody of Mohammed Mustafa (the alleged film, Innocence of Muslims), has been ridiculed. The front cover of yesterday's issue featured an image of a Muslim being pushed in a wheelchair by a Jew, with the title 'Untouchables 2' and the comment 'Must Not Mock'. The cover image referred to the French film by the same name, concerning a quadriplegic aristocrat who is helped by a Black m... more »

    The People Who Don't Count

    Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
    Two days ago, Mark Garneau asked the prime minister what he was going to do about youth unemployment: “Yesterday we witnessed the very sad spectacle of the Conservatives and the NDP trading insults over their cap-and-trade plans. Is this what Canadians want, at a time when the economy is suffering, when 165,000 young people have given up and stopped looking for work, when youth unemployment is at almost 15 per cent?” Garneau yelled. Harper -- who never answers a question directly -- responded: “This party, this government has put forward its ideas and implemented them over the... more »

    Pakistan: Protesters clash with police

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
    *ISLAMABAD – Hundreds of Pakistanis angry at an anti-Islam film that denigrates the religion's prophet are clashing with police in the Pakistani capital.* Islamabad police official Mohammed Iqbal says the crowd numbers more than 1,000 people and most of them are students. Television footage of the demonstrations Thursday showed police using tear gas and batons to try to keep demonstrators away from a restricted enclave that houses government offices and embassies. The government lined up hundreds of shipping containers to cordon off the enclave that is also home to the U.S. Embass... more »

    Syrian army helicopter hits airliner with 200 aboard - government

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
    *(Reuters) - A Syrian military helicopter that crashed near the capital Damascus on Thursday hit the tail of a passenger plane but the 200 people on board escaped unharmed, Syria's information ministry said. * * *"The helicopter struck the tail of the plane ... The control tower at Damascus airport confirmed that the plane landed safely at Damascus airport and all 200 passengers are in good health," a statement published on the state news channel Suriya said. Suriya said earlier that a helicopter had crashed in the town of Douma east of the Syrian capital. Source

    State Department warns Americans not to travel to Pakistan

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
    *(Reuters) - U.S. citizens should avoid travel to Pakistan, the State Department said on Thursday in a fresh warning that follows numerous protests, demonstrations and rallies in Pakistan that U.S. officials said are likely to continue.* The department advised Americans to put off any non-essential travel to the country and "strongly urged" those who are already there to avoid protests and large gatherings. "The presence of al-Qaida, Taliban elements, and indigenous militant sectarian groups poses a potential danger to U.S. citizens throughout Pakistan," the State Department said ... more »

    Exposed spyware linked to Stuxnet, secret US nuke reactor kill code

    Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago



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