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Saturday, September 22, 2012

22 September - Blogs I'm Following III

8:19 pm MDST  1 day +

Margaret Wente Plagiarism Allegations: Globe Responds To Criticism (TWITTER)

Orwell's Bastard at Orwell's Bastard - 1 day ago
Margaret Wente Plagiarism Allegations: Globe Responds To Criticism (TWITTER): 'via Blog this' Whoever did the twitter slideshow is an evil genius. When you're done guffawing, go read Jymn. Is it just me, or does the Globe totally suck at damage control?

Chet Raymo, “The Journey”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Journey”* by Chet Raymo "Here's a deep-deep sky map of the universe from the March 9, 2006 issue of Nature. The horizontal scale is a 360 view right around the sky; the vertical gaps at 6 hours and 24 hours are the parts of the universe that are blocked to our view by the disk of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The vertical scale - distance from Earth - is logarithmic (10, 100, 1000, etc.) measured in megaparsecs (a parsec equals 3.26 light-years). Across the top is the Big Bang, and the oldest and most distant thing we can see, the cosmic microwave background, the radiation of ... more »

Subverting Sanctions: Iran’s Strategic Economic Development

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
Eric Draitser StopImperialism.com September 22, 2012 The ongoing overt and covert war against Iran, instigated by the United States and Israel primarily, seeks to isolate Iran politically, militarily and, most importantly, economically. The Western imperialists have as their goal no less than full-scale war with Iran, a key regional power and one that the United States has failed to control or otherwise manipulate since the revolution of 1979. Their attempts to demonize Iran as an international pariah and an irrational actor on the world stage have been repeatedly thwarted, mos... more »

US Free-Trade Targets Asian Sovereignty, Stability

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
[image: http://www.indymedia.org.au/files/stopp%20tppa.jpg] Malaysia & the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Nile Bowie NileBowie.blogspot.com September 22, 2012 To commemorate Malaysia’s 55th Independence Day, Prime Minister Najib Razak published an article highlighting the nation’s various accomplishments, principally that while much of world’s economies are “either flat or falling,” Malaysia is steadily delivering high figures of economic growth. [ 1] The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, although perceived by the middle class to be unpopular, has overseen consistent ... more »

US to Delist & Arm American-Killing Terror Cult

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
Continuity of Agenda: Neo-Cons and Obama administration sponsor global terror against Iran. *by Tony Cartalucci * *September 22, 2012* - As the US government confirms that terrorists involved in the Benghazi, Libya US consulate attack were indeed the very militants funded, armed, and provided air support in last year's bid to overthrow the government of Libya, yet another disturbing announcement has been made. Terror organization Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK) will be delisted by the US State Department in order to clear legal obstacles in the way of overtly arming and funding the terror... more »

Podcast No. 9 - Interview with Kathryn Sikkink

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
The ninth episode of the Duck of Minerva Podcast just went live. In it, I interview Kathryn Sikkink about a variety of subjects, including her new book -- The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics (W.W. Norton, 2011). *Contents** * - Introduction - Developmentalism in Latin America - Focusing on "Ideas" in the late 1980s and early 1990s - Activists Beyond Borders… and Beyond - The Justice Cascade - What Happaned to the Identity Agenda in Mainstream Constructivism? - The Persistent Power of Human Rights - Agency and Constructi... more »

Rob't Reich cautions progressives against complacency in the election -- AND on the need to press the president hard if he wins

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
* **"Don't for a moment believe 'Romney's dead,' and don't be complacent. The hard work lies ahead, in the next seven weeks. "And even if Obama is reelected, more hard work begins after Inauguration Day -- when we must push him to be tougher on the Republicans than he was in his first term, and do what the nation needs."* *-- Robert Reich, in his post* "Four Reasons Why Romney Might Still Win" *by Ken* Yesterday Noah passed along a link to a website called "Republicans for Obama, which announces itself thusly: The Republican party isn't what it used to be. Our leaders and our most... more »

White House has lobbyist specifically to quell Obama golf jokes after President gets teed off

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A coalition of golf lovers are asking Republicans to stop making so many jokes about President Barack Obama’s love for the golf course, saying such comments are bad for the golf industry. But could politics be at play too? The Daily Caller has learned that Tony Podesta, a well-known Democratic lobbyist with strong ties to the Obama White House, is behind the We Are Golf coalition of golfing organizations that has sent letters to Republicans such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio asking them to cut out the criticism of Obama’s golfing habits. Melissa Low, a spokeswoman for the Club Manag... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Sandia Park, New Mexico, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

The Upcoming War On Iran: Is Israel Seeking War With Iran To Keep Lid On (Their Doing) 9-11?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
Right now, we are watching a massive naval exercise unfold in the Persian Gulf involving the United States, and several other nations. It is definitely being done to provoke the Iranians. But I am also worried that this large contingency of vessels could be open for an Israeli false flag attack via their stealthy Dolphin class submarines. We already know that a false flag is needed by the Israelis to get their nice little war against the innocent nation of Iran, so why not sink a ship in the Persian Gulf and have it blamed on Iran itself? There have been so many questions that... more »

"The Recipe For Perpetual Ignorance...."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge." - Elbert Hubbard

New Fukushima Video From Nuckelchen

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThIs1KNlpag&feature=youtu.be Notice in the video how the green light spreads and the smoke billows

"Twin Demons of War and Central Banking"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Twin Demons of War and Central Banking" * By Lew Rockwell "The twentieth century was the century of total war. Limitations on the scope of war, built up over many centuries, had already begun to break down in the nineteenth century, but they were altogether obliterated in the twentieth. And of course the sheer amount of resources that centralized states could bring to bear in war, and the terrible new technologies of killing that became available to them, made the twentieth a century of almost unimaginable horror. It isn’t terribly often that people discuss the development of ... more »

We Have an Answer!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 1 day ago
I'll be posting an article from Gary Hardin about this image in a couple of days...stay tuned!


In Israel’s latest attempt to justify never giving the Palestinian people their freedom, Israel are attempting to make the resolution to the Palestinian refugee problem, created when Zionists created Israel in a land grab that went far beyond the requirements of Partition, contingent on there being a resolution to the so-called Jewish refugee problem caused by the reaction of Arab states to the Zionists original takeover of Palestinian lands. Based on the resolution of one problem being contingent on the resolution of the other, it’s clear that neither will ever happen – which, of c... more »

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

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 1 day ago
Transcript: Sheldan Nidle on The Light Agenda Part 2/2 2012 SEPTEMBER 21 Posted by Stephen Cook Transcript: Sheldan Nidle on The Light Agenda Part 2/2 This is Part 2 of my interview with author and Galactic messenger Sheldan Nidle on The Light Agenda from August 9, 2012. Thanks to Ellen for the transcript. Part 1 of this transcript is here: http://the2012scenario.com/2012/09/transcript-sheldan-nidle-on-the-light-agenda-part12/ Sheldan first went public with the messages he received from his Sirian star brothers and sisters in 1992. He has since written several books, includi... more »

Representation and Change

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 day ago
I have one up at PP today about the question of change coming from the "inside" or the "outside." Just to add on to it a bit... I see most of this through the lens of representation. Obama and Congressional Democrats made promises in 2008; they interpreted them; and those interpretations guided what they tried to do in office. “Promises” here means not just specific public policy choices, but also governing style, priorities, and all the rest of behavior in office. Different campaign in 2008, different promises, different interpretation, and therefore different behavior in office. ... more »

Elasticity of demand

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 1 day ago
I got yer business model of higher edumacation right here: It seems there is an upper limit to how much people are able or willing to pay (or borrow) for their education. HM Goverment's appalling move to increase the upper limit on university fees has resulted in a decline of 54 000 admissions. This should be a warning to governments playing with fee increases. Too much and you get Quebec, and

SaLuSa, September 21, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 1 day ago
Mike Quinsey - SaLuSa, September 21, 2012 SaLuSa, September 21, 2012 Because everything is in the now we do not view things as you do, and we see the overall picture which shows that completion of this cycle will work out as intended. Once you have ascended then you will move into a new era and benefit from the upliftment in the energies, and your greater level of consciousness. All that is due to you by way of changes that will rapidly come into being, and at last you will be free from the attention of the dark Ones. There is no place in the new dimension for anything that is ... more »

Spain risks break-up as Mariano Rajoy stirs Catalan fury

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
The ruling parties of Catalonia have sought guidance from Brussels on the legality of secession from Spain, requesting a “route map” for membership of the European Union and the euro as an independent state. It is the latest move in a fast-escalating clash between Catalan nationalists and Spanish nationalists, the latter backed by King Juan Carlos and the Spanish military. Jose-Manuel Garcia-Margallo, the foreign minister, threw down the gauntlet, calling Catalan secession “illegal and lethal”. He warned that Spain would use its veto to stop the region of Catalonia becoming an EU ... more » 

State Department set to take violent Iranian group off terror list

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 day ago
MondoWeiss Alex Kane Secretary of State Clinton is set to announce that the Iranian group Mujahideen al-Khalq (MEK) will no longer be on the State Department's Foreign Terrorist Organization list. The move comes after a high-profile, years-long lobbying campaign by a bipartisan cast of U.S. politicians and officials to delist MEK, despite a violent past that includes killing Americans. CNN breaks the story: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to notify Congress as early as Friday that she intends to take the Iranian exile group Mujahedin-e-Khalq, or MEK, off a State ... more »

Ann Romney’s plane makes emergency landing in Denver after "filled with smoke"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
The campaign plane carrying Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, made an emergency landing in Denver around 2:25 Friday afternoon, the campaign reported via Twitter. Andrea Saul, the campaign’s press secretary, tweeted: “.@AnnDRomney plane makes emergency landing in CO. All okay. Thank goodness.” Another tweet from the campaign’s Ryan Williams described the plane as “filled with smoke.” Emergency vehicles met the plane on the runway. source

Fast and Furious

Bill Robertson at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
A federal program called Fast and Furious allowed weapons to be sold to gun smugglers in the U.S. so they could be traced to drug cartels in Mexico. However, they quickly lost track of the weapons and some of them turned up in the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol Agent near Tucson in December 2010. Since then, an ongoing investigation has looked into the possibility that it was a gun-running operation headed by the Department of Justice. The investigation into the Fast and Furious program concluded yesterday saying *“Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. had no knowledge of the problems ... more »

No One Can Ever Get A Straight Answer Out Of Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
We talk a lot about how "ex"-Blue Dog Steve Israel, chair of the DCCC has set about sabotaging progressives so that he can try to restock the Democratic Caucus with reactionary Blue Dogs and New Dems. Reactionary and-- more important to a player like Israel, whose #1 admirer calls him (affectionately) "reptilian"-- corrupt... that's what he's looking for in candidates, He wants sleazy candidates with a loose sense of ethics-- like himself-- in Congress, not independent-minded, good government types. IL-16, a district Obama won in 2008 (50-48%) and will win again in November, is an... more »

Gen. David Petraeus Refers to Mineral Resources as a Reason for "Achieving Objectives" in Afghanistan

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 day ago
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Turning Vaccine Exemptions Into Class Warfare

Barbara Loe Fisher at Vaccine Awakening - 1 day ago
Posted 9/14/2012 *by Barbara Loe Fisher* * * It is getting uglier and uglier out there, as angry, frustrated doctors inside and outside of government work overtime to foster fear and hatred of parents making conscious vaccine choices for their children. The latest political dirty trick is to brand parents, who send their children to private schools, as selfish and a threat to their communities because some private schools have higher vaccine exemption rates. Take pediatrician and California Assemblyman, Dr. Richard Pan, for example. He is angry that many parents and health care prof... more »

Consolidation of Ownership in the Evolving Neofeudal Economy

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
Majia Writes: Ownership of the world’s resources, including stock in the powerful industries of banking and energy, tends to be very consolidated. Globally, in 2006, prior to the Great Recession, one percent of the world’s population was believed to control forty percent of the world’s wealth.[i] One analysis of 43,000 global corporations revealed a core group of 1318 corporations with interlocking ownerships.[ii] The study, conducted by Stefania Vitali, James B. Glattfelder, and Stefano Battiston, used network analysis to explicate the degree of consolidation of corporate control... more »

Arsenic in Rice

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
FDA working on plan to limit arsenic levels in rice By Dina ElBoghdady, Published: September 18 | Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 3:00 AM http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fda-working-on-plan-to-limit-arsenic-levels-in-rice/2012/09/18/3238a578-0133-11e2-b257-e1c2b3548a4a_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines [Excerpted] The Food and Drug Administration plans to announce Wednesday that it is working toward a proposal that would limit the amount of arsenic in rice, a staple of the American diet that has long been identified as a leading dietary source of the toxin. The anno... more »


leftdog at Buckdog - 1 day ago
*A rough guide to the Conservatives’ carbon tax farce* *By Aaron Wherry * *"In December 2009, the Harper government claimed to be “working in collaboration with the provinces and territories to develop a cap and trade system that will ultimately be aligned with the emerging cap and trade program in the United States.”* * During the 2011 election, the Conservatives decided they opposed cap-and-trade. But what’s more, the Conservatives decided that cap-and-trade and a carbon tax were the same thing. And they have maintained this stance in attacking the NDP. Any attempt to establish a... more »

Iranian hackers target three largest U.S. banks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
* (Reuters) - Iranian hackers have repeatedly attacked Bank of America Corp (BA.N), JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and Citigroup Inc (C.N) over the past year, as part of a broad cyber campaign targeting the United States, according to people familiar with the situation.* The attacks, which began in late 2011 and escalated this year, have primarily been "denial of service" campaigns that disrupted the banks' websites and corporate networks by overwhelming them with incoming web traffic, said the sources. Whether the hackers have been able to inflict more serious damage on computer net... more »

Free Trade 27: Proposed EU-PH FTA and TRIPS Plus

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Free trade and intellectual property rights (IPR), these are among my favorite topics to discuss and debate. Here are my latest papers on these subjects, Free Trade 26: "Buy Local" and Protectionism, June 24, 2012 On IPR Abolition 17: Copyright by a Government Corporation, September 02, 2012 IPR and Medicines 24: Balancing Costly Innovation and Cheaper Drugs, March 20, 2012 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) called for a public consultation on “One Country One Voice” (OVOC) regarding the proposed EU-Philippines Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on September 20, 2012. I read about ... more »

Mount Lokon erupts with smoke, ash in northern Indonesia, residents put on alert

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*JAKARTA, Indonesia - A volcano in northern Indonesia has spewed hot smoke and ash thousands of feet into the air in two new eruptions.* Mount Lokon on Sulawesi island had been dormant before rumbling back to life last year. Government volcanologist Hendrasto says it unleashed two strong eruptions Friday. Residents have been put on alert, but no evacuations are planned since the nearest villages are beyond the danger area about 2.5 kilometres (1.5 miles) from the crater. Mount Lokon's last major eruption in 1991 killed a Swiss hiker and forced thousands to flee. The volcano is on... more »

Pump malfunction caused shutdown at Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant, Pennsylvania

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*A malfunctioning pump caused an automatic shutdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant Thursday, the second such event in as many months. * * *Plant officials and government regulators said the shutdown at the plant, where a partial meltdown of a reactor in 1979 is considered the worst commercial nuclear power plant accident in U.S history, posed no threat to public health or safety. The shutdown occurred shortly after 2:15 p.m. ,when the failure of a coolant pump tripped the computerized system that shuts downs the reactor in the event of any safety-related problems. ... more »

When will rule 30.1.01(3), the deemed undertaking rule, be waived by the Court?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
*Bluewater Health v. Kaila*, 2012 ONCA 629 is a useful source for the law as to when compliance with the deemed undertaking rule will be waived by the Court: [11] In *Juman v. Doucett*, [2008] SCJ No. 8 (S.C.C.), the Supreme Court of Canada considered when relief should be given against deemed undertakings. Binnie J., writing for the court, observed, at para. 35, that, “ where discovery material in one action is sought to be used in another action with the same or similar parties and the same or similar issues, the prejudice to the examinee is virtually non-existent and leav... more »

Nipples in advertising

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
A Brazilian Toyota advert Brrr Seasonal Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing mint Air Action Vigorsol

Harold Meyerson gets it right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012* *And then, he gets it wrong:* In yesterday’s Washington Post, Harold Meyerson wrote a decent column about the Chicago teachers strike. As he started, he described the mandated point of view which drives the mainstream press: MEYERSON (9/20/12): Here’s a bit of advice to America’s teachers: If you want the nation’s opinion leaders and CEOs to like you, don’t congregate in groups. Everyone, it seems, loves teachers individually. But when they get together, they become a menace to civilization. That’s one of the clearest take-aways from the just-concluded ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

Klein Michael Thaxton Surrenders in Office Worker Hostage

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*The Pennsylvania military veteran who held a CEO hostage in downtown Pittsburgh today has surrendered and turned himself in to police custody.* "It is over. I feel very good and it's a real blessing that no one was injured and no life was taken," Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper said around 1:50 p.m. today. The suspect, 22-year-old Klein Michael Thaxton, had stormed into the offices of CW Breitsman Associates this morning and taken the company's owner, Charles Breitsman, hostage. Thaxton did not work for the company, which handles pension and benefit plans for other companies. ... more »

Paul Ryan booed at AARP

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
I*n his remarks to the AARP Friday, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was booed loudly when he said the “first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare.”* * Ryan was unfazed. “I had a feeling there would be mixed reactions, so let me get into it,” he said. “It weakens Medicare for today’s seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation,” Ryan argued. “First, it funnels $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for. Second, it puts 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of Medicare’s future.” Ryan’s explanation was booed, ... more »

The Murder of Arafat: How the Israeli Quintet Indicted Itself

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 day ago
Sabbah Report Sam Bahour "We have to get rid of Arafat" *~Israeli defense Minister Shaul Mofaz to Prime Minister Sharon caught on an open mic* *Source: Haaretz (Hebrew)* "We operated against Ahmed Yassin and Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi [two Palestinian leaders extrajudicially assassinated by Israel] when we thought the time was suitable. On the matter of Arafat we'll operate in the same way, when we find the convenient and suitable time. One needs to find the time and to do what has to be done." *~ Israeli Prime Minister Sharon to Ma'ariv newspaper* *Source: The Guardian* [image: Arafat... more »

Satire: "A Letter from Ann Romney"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"A Letter from Ann Romney"* by Andy Borowitz NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)— "The Borowitz Report has obtained the following confidential letter from Ann Romney to members of the Republican Party: Dear Fellow-Republican, I’m not a happy camper. Over the past few days, some so-called Republicans have taken it upon themselves to lob some pretty harsh words in the direction of my husband. Now, it’s one thing when Mitt gets criticized by the forty-seven per cent of Americans who are parasites sucking at capitalism’s teat. But when former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan c... more »

"Say It Ain't So! Oh Yes It Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth." - H. L. Mencken

"Gerald Celente: The Tyranny Of An Arrested Development Republic"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Gerald Celente: * *The Tyranny Of An Arrested Development Republic"* By Tears of the Moon A note: Pardon the info/ad-blurbs contained in this video, but what Celente has to say is important, and in my humble opinion, exactly right. - CP "Alex talks with trendsetter, author, and editor and publisher of the Trends Journal, Gerald Celente. Gerald talks with Alex about latest geopolitical and economic events unfolding as the world moves inextricably toward all-out war." - http://www.trendsresearch.com/index.php - http://beforeitsnews.com/


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Sunday will mark the start of the 100-day countdown to “Taxmageddon” – the date the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect. They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2013:* First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for small business owners, families, and investors (later re-upped by President Obama and Democrat Congress in 2010). The following tax hikes will occur on January 1, 2013: Personal income tax rates will rise on January 1, 2013. The top income... more »

Turkey convicts 330 military officers accused of coup

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*THE most highly charged trial in Turkey's modern history ended with the conviction of 330 military officers - including former commanders of the army, navy and air force - for plotting to overthrow the government. * This case, known to Turks as the “Sledgehammer” trial after the alleged codename of the coup plot, lasted for two years and arose from a plan to take over the state in 2003. Senior officers were found guilty of preparing a putsch against the moderately Islamist Justice and Welfare Party (AK) a year after its election victory in 2002. The army, which sees itself as the... more »

Facebook Forced to end facial recognition in Europe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Facebook has stopped using facial recognition software to automatically identify people in photographs following an investigation by privacy regulators.* The technology was identified by regulators as one of the main privacy threats posed by Facebook. It plans to make changes before reinstating the system. Billy Hawkes, head the Irish data protection commission, which mounted the investigation because Facebook’s European operations are based in Ireland, praised the social network for cooperating. "I am particularly encouraged in relation to the approach it has decided to adopt o... more »

Syrian president accuses Gulf states of funding rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*The Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has said he is adamant his regime will not fall and lashed out at Gulf countries which he accused of using their enormous oil wealth to try to drive him from power.* Assad's comments were published on Friday as an opposition group, the National Co-ordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, accused the regime of being behind the disappearance of two of its leaders. Abdul-Aziz al-Kheir and Ayas Ayyash were expected to take part in a conference this Sunday in Damascus by 20 Syrian groups that are calling for Assad to step down. But they dis... more »

Michael Gerson’s excellent column!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012* *We’ll extend his concerns:* Michael Gerson was a major speech-writer for George W. Bush. In this morning’s Washington Post, he joins conservatives who are rejecting the vision which emerged from Candidate Romney’s trip to Club 47. Joan Baez wasn’t at the club that night; in absentia, Ayn Rand was giving a reading. After a deeply sympathetic portrait of America’s modern working class, Gerson joins those conservatives walking away from the things Romney said: GERSON (9/21/12): *[A] Republican ideology pitting the “makers” against the “takers” offers no... more »

Herman Cain Says Even He Would Be Doing Better than Romney

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 day ago
Former Republican presidential contender Herman Cain doesn't like what he sees in his party's nominee, Mitt Romney. *Cain told members of the media after the speech that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's recent “47 percent” comment was a “non-story” being blown out of proportion by the media. But Cain said he would have been doing better if he was the nominee, saying that he'd probably have a “substantial lead” on President Barack Obama at this point.* *“The reason is quite simple: I have some depth to my ideas,” he said.* Sounds like Herman got word there'll be no plum ... more »

Video Magic

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 1 day ago
This guy looks like he's been through a lot ... ... what??? I'm busy again!

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN at a depth of 91 km (56.4 miles), the quake hit at 17:19:05 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 26 km (16.1 miles) Southwest of Eškašem, Afghanistan No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Klein Michael Thaxton has taken at least one person hostage in a high-rise office building in Pittsburgh

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*An armed man who has taken at least one person hostage in a Pittsburgh office building is posting messages on his Facebook page while negotiating with police.* Klein Michael Thaxton, 22, entered the building sometime after 8am local time on Friday and went up to a 16th floor office suite inside the Three Gateway Centre. Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper said he took at least one person, and possibly two, hostage inside a business after entering the suite and asking about a particular person. Mr Thaxton is posting Facebook updates while negotiating with police. He said on the s... more »

The Third Man in America's Presidential Election

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 day ago
You might have thought the contest was between Obama and Romney. Wrong. It's actually between Obama, on one side, and Romney and Israeli thug Benjamin Netanyahu on the other. Netanyahu has abjectly failed at pressuring Obama into attacking Iran. Romney, it seems, doesn't share Obama's qualms and is therefore Netanyahu's BFF. It's a high stakes gambit but, if Obama wins, it could rewrite America's relationship with Israel. *Israel’s blow-hard right-wing prime minister, the US-raised zionist Benjamin Netanyahu, openly trying to topple Obama, has propelled Israel directly int... more »

Concert Review - Devo and Blondie

Southern Man at Southern Man - 1 day ago
They call it the "Whip It To Shreds" tour and that's pretty much what they did. The venue was an outdoor ampitheatre that Southern Man had frequented in his youth. Back then you could bring in coolers full of beer and blankets and grass and whatever and it was just one huge festival of fun. Southern Man remembers a memorable Utopia / Hall and Oates concert there where a guy had a topless girl on his shoulders and the camera crew kept her up on the big screen for us. That was really something to a couple of high-school geeks to see. Today the tickets are $50 instead of $5, they pa... more »

One Israeli soldier, 3 attackers killed in Egypt border attack; major assault foiled

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
One of three assailants who crossed from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula to attack Israeli soldiers on Friday blew himself up, an Egyptian security official told AFP. “Three gunmen infiltrated Israeli territory from central Sinai. Two were killed by the Israeli army, the third detonated the explosives vest he was wearing,” the source said. “According to our information, an Israeli soldier was killed,” he said, in the attack in which the Israeli military said all three assailants also died. The Israeli army confirmed that one of its soldiers was killed and another wounded in in the operat... more »

Celente: The Tyranny of an Arrested Development Republic

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago

i-phone irony

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 1 day ago
If the sight the other day of global throngs of greedy humanity lining up to grab the latest i-Phone have you feeling disheartened, take a little subversive comfort. The very first consumer in the Big Apple to score the latest Apple gadget also happens to be the inventor of an app that lets people who still cherish their privacy anonymously send messages to their fellow human beings. Big Brother will still be watching you, but he won't be able to track you down to serve you a subpoena. Capitalism, meet Occupy. Hazem Sayed invented the Vibe app in March 2011 after observing one of t... more »

The Big Dog on The Daily Show

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 1 day ago
Here's Part One: *The Daily Show* Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook And Part Two: *The Daily Show with Jon Stewart* Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook

Oh dear Apple, not good at all

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
It would seem that Apple's ios6 mapping app is not only not as good as Google Maps but also not fit for purpose. Towns are missing, long defunct shops have reappeared, lakes have disappeared, airport runways are rather bumpy, the list is a long one. Here's a few examples. Where's the lake in Hyderabad ? Tarsdorf is actually about 3 km (~2 miles) away from Fucking. Search for Manchester United Football Club and Apple shows you Sale United Football Club, a community team for ages five and above. Basingstoke wasn't quite so rural the last time that I was there.** * **For more try thi... more »

Ralph Nader Weighs In on Mitt Romney - "A Corporation Running for President Masquerading As an Individual"

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 day ago
Ralph Nader isn't pulling any punches when sizing up Mitt the Twit Romney. *Hey, Mitt, why start with the 47 percent? Fully 100 percent of the nation’s 500 biggest corporations are dependent on various kinds of corporate welfare – subsidies, giveaways, bailouts, waivers, and other dazzling preferences – while many pay no tax at all on very substantial profits (see their familiar names – General Electric, Pepco, Verizon etc. – here)* *Are the corporations that receive this corporate welfare going to vote for President Obama? (Mr. Romney has declared that corporations are people.) Of ... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 1 day ago
* *** *"The morning after the Benghazi attack, on 12 September, the NATO puppets unwittingly admitted the truth about the 'Tahloob' (Green Resistance), and whined that NATO was not doing enough to help crush it. * * "Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Wanis Al Sharif admitted this in a Benghazi news conference, which was later broadcast on Al Jazeera television. "Libya’s Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib also admitted it, as did Libya’s President Mohammed El-Megarif, as well as Ali Aujali, Libya’s Ambassador to Washington, plus Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya’s ambassador to the UN. "All of ... more »

Chu and CMS' Incandela's DOE Higgs talk

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
Steve Chu is going to get some positive TRF publicity. ;-) A week ago, Joe Incandela, the boss of CMS, gave a talk for the Department of Energy. Nobel prize winner Steven Chu who happens to be a secretary at the department gave an introduction. In the U.S., you may become a secretary even if you're neither a hot blonde nor a hot brunette. I think it's a rather neat setup and talk so if you have 80 minutes, you may want to watch it. Another official's 2-minute pre-introduction is ideological and annoying (clean energy, Fukushima "disaster", and all this rubbish) but you may sur... more »

Republican Obstructionism Doesn't Just Harm Obama-- Let's Look At What They're Doing To Veterans And To Farm Communities

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Rachel was uncharacteristically mean when introducing four clownish Republican senators to her viewers Wednesday evening-- which you can watch in the video above-- John Boozman (R-AR), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Pat Toomey (R-PA). None of them are running for reelection this November so none of them were worried about filibustering-- to death-- the Veterans Jobs Corps Bill. The bipartisan bill was meant to deal with the fact that the unemployment rate for vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have a 35% higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country. ... more »

Finally, proof that cats are better than dogs - hmmm

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
I await the response from the defenders of the dog... In the dog vs cat debate I am neutral, I love both.


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 1 day ago
*This was posted at this Australian blog of all places, the UCC filings are indeed real. What I don't know if its anything related to what Neil Keenan is doing or if this is an independent effort. My comments are in red, all others in black are the original author's writing. -AK* http://nesaraaustralia.com/2012/09/21/treasury-to-foreclose-federal-reserve-system/ *TREASURY TO FORECLOSE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM* *POSTED BY NESARA AUSTRALIA* *SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 * FILED UNDER COMPTROLLER OF MARYLAND, DEFENSE FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES, DEFENSE PENTAGON, E PLURIBUS UNUM, U... more »

David Anderson: Robber Allegedly Handed Out Cash After Crime Spree

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
Colorado Springs police are asking the public to return any money they might have received from a man they say is a bank robber who handed out stolen money in a hotel lobby. Police arrested David Anderson, 26, on suspicion of aggravated robbery and attempted robbery after a string of crimes on Wednesday. Police say the spree started when a sporting goods store reported a man with a shotgun was trying to obtain another weapon Wednesday afternoon when a shot was fired. The man left the store — a Big 5 Sporting Goods — after a struggle. Police say suspect then moved on to an Adams Ban... more »

Jesse Marcel and Accident Investigation

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
I was surfing the net the other night and found a posting that suggested Jesse Marcel, Sr., had violated regulations with his response to the report of debris by Mack Brazel. The premise seemed to be that this was an aircraft accident and military regulations provide for a precise, and classified, response to such an event. Because of this breach of military procedure, we can ignore the testimony provided by Jesse Marcel. The first note at this site was that Marcel had been so unimpressed with the information that he finished his lunch and then made his way to the sheriff’s office t... more »

How Safe Are Genetically Modified Products?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 day ago
The French government has directed its scientists to verify a study that found a genetically modified corn developed by Monsanto could be toxic. *Even at low doses, the GMO studied was highly toxic and even fatal for rats, to the point where if it was a medicine, it would be immediately suspended pending further investigation. It is this same GMO that ends up on our plates, when it is used to produce meat, eggs and milk.* *In the 13th month of the experiment […] the incidence of tumours in rats of both sexes fed on GMO corn was two to three times higher than it was in rats on a G... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEA - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEA at a depth of 46.1 km (28.6 miles), the quake hit at 15:39:16 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 79 km (49 miles) West of Platanos, Greece No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake GREECE - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck GREECE at a depth of 9 km (5.6 miles), the quake hit at 13:16:12 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 6 km (3.7 miles) North of Kamárai, Greece No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time


Anon at aangirfan - 1 day ago
*Fall of Saigon.* The American Empire is going the same way as the British Empire. *Red - US military bases. Pink - US troops.* *1.* The British had only very shaky control over much of their empire. "All those red-bedaubed world maps that became fashionable in Britain around 1900, for example, give an impression of uniform British power, which is certainly false. "A truer picture would have been conveyed by colouring most parts a much lighter pink and some with only the faintest blush." Cutting the British Empire Down to Size | History Today For example, in British India ther... more »

"O, the Inhumanity!"

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) Right about now, I can perfectly imagine Brad Thor, the Ted Nugent of novelists, in his basement, a single yellowed light bulb swinging overhead like a ring announcer's mic, screaming at his 947 plastic and tin soldiers to look alive in case Obama gets re-elected. So I hope you'll forgive me if I also imagine a postscript: Of one of our nation's foremost Islamophobes being ignored by his inanimate infantry then hanging himself behind a huge painting of George C. Scott as Patton. Because the Republican flop sweat hangs in the ai... more »

Some Americans Are Living Longer. Not So for Uneducated White Americans.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 day ago
Maybe that's why they joined the Tea Party. America's least educated white population is not faring particularly well. A study has shown their life expectancy has fallen by four years since the 1990's. *Researchers have long documented that the most educated Americans were making the biggest gains in life expectancy, but now they say mortality data show that life spans for some of the least educated Americans are actually contracting. Four studies in recent years identified modest declines, but a new one that looks separately at Americans lacking a high school diploma found di... more »

21 Facts About America's Decaying Infrastructure That Will Blow Your Mind

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
Michael Snyder, *Contributor* You can tell a lot about a nation by the condition of the infrastructure. So what does our infrastructure say about us? It says that we are in a very advanced state of decay. At this point, much of America is being held together with spit, duct tape and prayers. Our roads are crumbling and thousands of our bridges look like they could collapse at any moment. Our power grid is ancient, and over a trillion gallons of untreated sewage is leaking from our aging sewer systems each year. Our airports and our seaports are clogged with far more traffic th... more »

Social Media, Smartphones and Police Create a Stasi Web of Surveillance

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
Susanne Posel, *Contributor* Twitter has released a report confirming that the US government leads the world in requesting information on their citizens. The Transparency Report shows the US government has made requests that are infringing on American privacy rights. Twitter states that “we’ve received more government requests in the first half of 2012, as outlined in this initial dataset, than in the entirety of 2011.” As the US government sifts through the tweets US citizens are making and analyzing information from illegal means, there are decisions about particular citizen... more »

Aboriginal status is a factor to consider in extradition matters

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
*United States** v. Leonard*, 2012 ONCA 622 holds that Aboriginal status is a factor to consider in extradition matters. The case also provides a good review of the current application of *Gladue*:** *Issue 1. Did the Minister err in law by failing to give adequate consideration to the applicants’ Aboriginal status and the Gladue principles in relation to their s. 7 Charter claims?* *(a)* The Gladue principles [49] In *Gladue*, the Supreme Court stated, at para. 67, that “[y]ears of dislocation and economic development have translated, for many aboriginals, into low incomes, h... more » 

Island with Healthiest People Over 99 Offers 8 Secrets to a Long and Happy Life

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
Lisa Garber It’s no secret that the Mediterranean diet can help us achieve longevity, but the overall lifestyles of the region’s populace shouldn’t escape our attention. Tucked away in the Aegean Sea is a small, rocky island called Ikaria, where residents on average reach the age of 90. Here are a few island secrets of longevity researchers have picked up after years of studying the dreamy getaway. *1. Drink Herbal Tea* The Ikarians love it. Many teas found on the island are mildly diuretic and help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of dementia. A few diuretic herbs... more »

State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training program teaches cops bumper stickers are indicator of terrorism

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* The State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) program, funded by grants from the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, is likely unknown to most Americans since it is rarely, if ever, talked about it in the media. However, the SLATT program is very similar to the aggressive fear mongering operations of other government-affiliated entities like the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL)in that it is designed to create an absurd fear and hyper-vigilance in police. In reality, the danger of terrorism is so incredibly low... more »

How to Navigate an Economy Weighed Down by Government Meddling and Cronyism

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
Dees Illustration Doug Hornig *Casey Research* If you wanted to sum up the just-concluded Casey Research/Sprott Inc. Summit titled "Navigating the Politicized Economy," you could say "The situation is hopeless but not serious." More than 20 speakers – many of them world-renowned financial experts and best-selling authors – gathered in Carlsbad, CA, from September 7 to 9 to ascertain exactly how hopeless, and what investors can do to protect themselves. Casey Chief Economist Bud Conrad reconfirmed – with a blizzard of charts and graphs – that the ship of state is still heading for... more »

Frida Kahlo

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH OF HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck NORTH OF HALMAHERA, INDONESIA at a depth of 39 km (24.2 miles), the quake hit at 13:16:12 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 282 km (94 miles) North of Ternate, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Who are the 47 percent!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012* *Do we know the best way to explain it:* Forty-seven percent of households pay no federal income tax. Absent careful explanation, that’s a politically dangerous fact. Who are the 47 percent? Why don’t they pay federal income tax? There are quite a few bad or dangerous ways to answer that question. One bad way to answer that question is to say things which are false. Eliot Spitzer took that approach at Slate: SPITZER (9/20/12): But as I have been saying for some time now, the 47 percent figure, while technically accurate as it relates to federal income... more »

See Saw

Sophia at American Kabuki - 1 day ago
We begin today our 18th Quest! *(for the next 7 days, this blog will coincide with Notes from the Love Quest, which is a Face Book Event)* We are in a fast moving, spectacular time in our lives and in the life of our planet. With each passing day, we become more aware of our unity. We are inextricably entangled, creating and experiencing the results of our work simultaneously. As time speeds up, it becomes more and more challenging to separate out where things start and where they end. We are on this Quest to explore Agape. Unconditional self love takes on a much larger s... more »

More on Why Romney Goes With Such Weak Stuff

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 day ago
Yesterday over at PP I argued that GOP obsession with "vetting" Barack Obama, and with a variety of ill-fated attack lines, comes from two things: the divergence of incentives between the Romney campaign and what my brother calls the "movement conservative marketplace"; and, the closed information loop that makes it difficult for insiders to have any sense of how outsiders would see these attack lines. As Romney rolled out yet another of these insipid, implausible campaign talking points, however, it occurs to me that there's yet another reason that the GOP-aligned media makes it mo... more »

Friday's futures . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 1 day ago
SOME GOOD, SOME BAD. RSN has a chiller for your perusal: "Monsanto Corn Causes Tumors, Organ Damage in Rats". The study is disputed by some, but it sure looks scary. A tumor problem The French government asked the country's health watchdog to investigate the findings further, although a number of scientists questioned the study's basic methods and Monsanto said it felt confident its

Anti-Islam Film: Fifteen Killed in Pakistan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Pakistani officials said 15 people have been killed in protests against an anti-Islam film - including a dozen in Karachi.* Some 160 people have been wounded during clashes with police over the movie that denigrates the Prophet Mohammed. The fatalities came as demonstrations swept across various Muslim countries - including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Malaysia. North Africa and Sri Lanka also saw disruption. :: Pakistan A policeman was killed during an exchange of fire with protesters in Karachi where thousands took to the streets. Scuffles broke out when protesters t... more »

Pittsburgh Hostage Situation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Pittsburgh Police are trying to negotiate with an armed man who has taken at least one person hostage in a city office building. * Police say the man entered the building sometime after 8:00am local time on Friday and went up to a 16th floor office suite inside the Three Gateway Center. Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper said the man took at least one person, and possibly two, hostage inside a business after entering the suite and asking about a particular person. A witness who works on the 16th floor identified the business where the hostage situation was unfolding as CW Breitsm... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ *September 21, 2012 at 01:38:05* *Promoted to Headline (H3) on 9/21/12: Permalink * *Bailout Fraud and Unaccountability* *By **Stephen Lendman (about the author)* opednews.com * * *Bailout Fraud and Unaccountability* *TARP watchdog exposes fraud.* by Stephen Lendman On December 8, 2008, the Senate confirmed Neil Barofsky's nomination as Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) watchdog. He assumed the post of SIGTARP (Special Inspector General for TARP). On July 20, 2009, he estimated the $700 billion bailout fund could balloon to $23.7... more »

We Need More Andrew Weavers, A Lot More

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 day ago
Leading Canadian climate scientist, Andrew Weaver, will be running for the British Columbia Green Party in next year's election. Here's hoping Dr. Weaver inspires his colleagues to follow his lead. It would be great if the Greens could put up a scientist in every riding, federal and provincial, to put the environment and global warming on the debate agenda and to discuss these issues intelligently with the voting public. It would be terrific to see other candidates, not just Conservatives but also Liberals and NDP, squarely under the gun defending their parties' climate change pol... more »

ego - maniac

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

TARP Bailout Fraud: Where Did the Money Go?

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 day ago
*Designed to Fail * Global Research Stephen Lendman On December 8, 2008, the Senate confirmed Neil Barofsky’s nomination as Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) watchdog. He assumed the post of SIGTARP (Special Inspector General for TARP).On July 20, 2009, he estimated the $700 billion bailout fund could balloon to $23.7 trillion. Obama administration secrecy conceals what’s essential to reveal. Over $9 trillion is known. Some analysts think true figures may be three times that amount. Only crooked bankers and corrupt bureaucrats know for sure. In February 2009, Barofsky submitte... more »

MISUSE THE CHILDREN WELL: Hispanic children in Texas!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012* *Part 4—The data behind the fraud:* An odd thing happened when Gail Collins went on tour for her book about Texas. At one point, the author was interviewed by William McKenzie of the Dallas Morning News. Far away from the gang of defectives who constitute the upper-end “press corps,” Collins spoke to someone who knew real things about the real Texas schools. (We can’t find a link to this interview.) The following question would never be asked inside Gotham or DC. In his question, McKenzie referred to the very large test score gains by Hispanic students ... more »

Biggest Threat to World's Biggest Economy? Republican "Cranks and Crazies"

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 1 day ago
It took an Australian to state the obvious but Aussie treasurer and deputy prime minister, Wayne Swan, sees Republicans as the greatest threat to America's economy. "*Let's be blunt and acknowledge the biggest threat to the world's biggest economy are the cranks and crazies that have taken over the Republican party *." "*Despite President Obama's goodwill and strong efforts, the national interest was held hostage by the rise of the extreme Tea Party wing of the Republican party*," he said. Nobel laureate economist, Paul Krugman, added his own observations about Republicans today, n... more »

South Korea fires at North Korean fishing boats

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
South Korea's navy fired warning shots Friday toward North Korean fishing boats that crossed a disputed maritime boundary, but the shots didn't hit the fishing boats and the vessels retreated, a South Korean official said. Fishing boats routinely jostle for position in the seafood-rich Yellow Sea waters claimed by both countries during crab-catching season, which is now in high gear. Three deadly naval clashes since 1999 have taken a few dozen lives. The disputed sea boundary is not clearly marked, and incursions by North Korean military and fishing boats are not unusual. No North ... more »

NY Times Peddles War Propaganda | Interview with Daniel Simpson

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 day ago
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Which side of the chicken has the most feathers?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
*The outside*

Confidential Study Reveals Global Finance Is One Big Guesstimate

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 day ago
NYMag Sadly it is probably too late for Diamond's "but all the other rate submitters are doing it!" defense.A few months ago, when the Libor-rigging scandal hit, casual finance-watchers were aghast at the idea that an interest rate that was used to set rates on trillions of dollars of mortgages, car loans, and other financial products was essentially calculated by polling a few banks and expecting them not to lie to everyone. The most important number in global finance run on the honor system? Couldn't be. But it was, and Libor was in fact undone by its own trusting nature. As we... more »

That Was Now, This Is Then: Netanyahu Edition

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 1 day ago
"Would I counsel, necessarily, a preemptive strike on Iran? I'm not sure. I would be very careful about that." - Benjamin Netanyahu, September 12, 2002 Journalist Jim Lobe has done a tremendous service to those of us who follow the warmongering propaganda of American and Israeli officials over the Iranian nuclear program.  This week, Lobe reminded us of the testimony then-former Israeli

Lukang of years gone by

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
Take a break from the Senkakus with some old pics. My mother in law sent my wife a book of photos taken in the 1950s by a resident of Lukang, my wife's hometown. A few selections..... my favorite is the last, where the Terrible Oxen of Death Lurks Beneath the Waters. The frequent use of children in his images is priceless. Each image has captions in Chinese, Japanese, and English. The name of the book is 街坊市井 -- Neighbourhood & Town Sight - Lu-Kang by 30 Years. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars ... more »

Is the Internet Really Making Us Dumber?

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 day ago
Der Spiegel Hilmur Schmundt *Many scholars and critics warn that TV and the Internet are dumbing us down. But, if that's true, why are children around the world performing better on IQ tests? Are we actually getting smarter, or are we merely thinking in different ways?* Vincent is sitting on the couch and watching a vacation video when he suddenly poses two questions to his parents: "Why is space endless? And what was there before the Big Bang?" Without waiting for an answer, Vincent jumps up to turn his attention to a different topic: his new red rubber boots with pictures fro... more »

Supreme Court on Public Interest Standing - An Expansion?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
*Canada** (Attorney General) v. Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence Society*, 2012 SCC 45 was just released upholding the Court of Appeal ruling that an organization of sex workers has status to challenge the prostitution laws. This is something of a surprise as clearly persons charged have direct standing – the decision, see summary below, seems to expand greatly the scope of public interest standing. There may also a suggestion that the Court is anxious to rule on the prostitution laws: In determining whether to grant standing in a public law case, courts m... more »

Police State is Here!

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
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Explosive Employment: Socialism Republicans Can Believe IN

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
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DHS/ICE is over-gunned and over-manned

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
image source James Smith, *Contributor* In trying to make sense of the ammunition purchases, which DHS/ICE canceled the orders for blank .308 rounds. 25,000 rounds, by the way, I decided to match apples to apples for fairness. What I found fails the smell test of common sense and reason. But we are talking about the largest grab of brass and lead of all time by a man who only knows how a weapon fires from his time in “Pock-Is-Stan”. Big Sis has requested another 120,000,000 rounds of .40 S&W ammunition. And, this time, it is to be CLEARLY used and segregated from duty ammunition.... more »

GM recalls nearly 474,000 cars over gear shift problem

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 day ago
Reuters General Motors Co is recalling 473,841 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn sedans globally to fix a condition that could lead the cars to roll when the drivers think they are in park, the No. 1 U.S. automaker said on Friday. GM said it was aware of four crashes that resulted from the problem, but no injuries. The company said the recall affected Chevy Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura cars from model years 2007 through 2010 and equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions. GM will repair the condition in which the transmission gear position may not match the gear on the sh... more »

Brief Friday Morning Linkage

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Also Not a Duck - Aidan Regan: "Reflections on The Monti Python Show" (via CT). - Beth Schwanke and Jenny Ottenhoff examine the party platforms for what they have to say about development policy. - Dan Drezner talks about "Why Presidents Love Foreign Affairs" in the *New York Times*. - Phil Arena is skeptical about the current tenor of "long peace" argumentation. And he has an alternative. - It does seem as if a legal cartel is colluding to protect law schools from misrepresentation lawsuits, doesn't it?

A Family Pulled Into the Fray Over an Agent’s Death

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 day ago
New York Times Fernanda Santos An agent during a ceremony in which a Border Patrol station was named for Brian A. Terry, who died in a shootout linked to Operation Fast and Furious.** “There’s the sign,” Kent Terry Jr. exclaimed as the chartered bus pulled into the Border Patrol station, a compound on an expanse of sand and brush bearing the name of his younger brother, who was killed in a shootout linked to a botched gun-smuggling operation known as Fast and Furious. Some of the passengers squeezed their faces against the windows. Mr. Terry took pictures with his cellphone. Miche... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 day ago
Happy Birthday to David Gregory, 60. Oh, you know which David Gregory I'm talking about. Lots of good stuff today: 1. An excellent piece by Dan Drezner about presidents and foreign policy, but I do have one caveat: I wish he had mentioned something about how executive branch resistance (including Pentagon resistance) does constrain the president in foreign affairs and national security, even if Congress often does not. 2. Matt Yglesias clears up a couple of QE 3 myths. 3. Greg Marx rewards the Denver Post for it's excellent coverage of "47%." 4. Amazing this took as long as it di... more »

Dershowitz & Ross "Obama has Israel's back" Was that ever in doubt?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Freethinker left a couple of links in the comment section If you missed them here they are with comment freethinker September 20, 2012 8:38 AM Maybe this is the game that's in play? Dempsey's 'Shitty Little Country' Ploy The Gullibility of the Dissident Movement *"How naïve do you have to be to believe for a moment that President Obama would risk upsetting the lobby in an election year?! He's more likely to get pregnant. No, what we are dealing with is an elaborate scam to fool the world into believing that the United States won't be part of an Israeli attack on Iran. While in the pa... more »

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck TARAPACA, CHILE at a depth of 98.8 km (61.4 miles), the quake hit at 12:17:25 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 122 km (76 miles) ENE from Iquique, Chile No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Another edge of Bayou Corne sinkhole caves in ~The Advocate* *LEAN - Interview with Janice O' Berry about the failure of Lock #2 in the Pearl River Diversion Canal* *Lee Zurik Investigation: AG took campaign contributions from 'Dirty Deeds' heirs* *The Fly to be in center of massive levee project ~WWL* *German shipping company adds N.O. port to service* *Peace Day LIVE: A day of music in Congo Square ~WWOZ* *Young Men Olympian Jr. second line this Sunday ~Big Red Cotton, Gambit** *

the rivera family leaves canada. our hearts break, our anger rises.

laura k at wmtc - 1 day ago
Now that some of the details have been made public, I need to write about my experience yesterday and the last few days. As the public battle to keep Kimberly Rivera and her family in Canada raged, there was, simultaneously, a more private effort to help the Rivera family personally. The War Resisters Support Campaign - especially one person, and many of you know who she is - made heroic efforts to minimize the trauma to the family. The night before the actual deportation, Kim said goodbye to her children, not knowing when she will see them again. What more can be said about such ... more »

The Neocons’ Project for the New American Century: “American World Leadership” – Syria next to Pay the Price?

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 day ago
Global Research Felicity Arbuthnot “In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter, who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the people.” (Eugene Debs, 1855-1926, speech Canton, Ohio, 16th June 1918.) The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), unleashed in June 1997, has largely disappeared from the political radar, yet the mire, murder and general mayhem the US, UK and dwindling “boots on the ground” allies find themselves in, are seemingly rooted in its aims, which march relentlessly on. PNAC was... more »

Better Off Than You Were When Bush Was In Charge?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Generally speaking, the wealthy-- always the first online when things start to turn around-- are. *Forbes* is reporting this week that the richest Americans' net worth grew by 13% in the past year alone. The average net worth of the 400 wealthiest Americans rose to a record $4.2 billion, up more than 10 percent from a year ago, while the lowest net worth came in at $1.1 billion versus $1.05 billion last year, the magazine said. ..."The gap between the very rich and merely rich increased and helped drive up the average net worth of The Forbes 400 members to an all-time record $4.2... more »

Sask NDP Leadership Candidate Erin Weir Guest Speaker At Conference With Finance Minister Jim Flaherty And Bank Of Canada's Mark Carney

leftdog at Buckdog - 1 day ago
*Followers of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party leadership race will note that candidate, Erin Weir will be sharing the podium with Canada's Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada President Mark Carney at the “Canada in the Pacific Century” conference hosted by Canadian Council of Chief Executies - September 24th - 25th in Ottawa.* * **Erin Weir is an economist and is taking a short time away from the leadership race to guest speak at the conference, His successful campaign launch to lead Saskatchewan's New Democrats has been followed closely by political watchers an... more »

When Labour questions go wrong

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Ian Lavery Ed Miliband

Decentralize or Die!

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
Brandon Smith, *Contributor* The single most often broached argument that Liberty Movement writers, analysts, and strategists are confronted with by skeptics alongside well meaning but cynical newcomers is the assertion that while we happen to be very effective at pointing out the dangers of globalism and centralization, we rarely seem to take the initiative to offer “solutions” to the problem. This same argument is also used by establishment shills as a way to distract the public’s attentions from the very real despotic enterprises of their elitist employers. It is an often use... more »

Migrating North Pole Contributing to Severe Weather?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
*Activist Post* Few can argue that severe weather is currently impacting the globe. Certainly the record droughts in America have become a huge concern for food prices, which has subsequently sparked an uptick in alarming climate change rhetoric. As the Northern Hemisphere has experienced one of the warmest summers on record, Arctic ice has receded considerably, prompting the typical global warming "collapse" discussion. While northern ice has indeed reached new modern lows, ice in the southern hemisphere continent of Antarctica has reached record highs. Charts for both hemisph... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the SOLOMON ISLANDS at a depth of 35.1 km (21.8 miles), the quake hit at 11:59:37 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 154 km (94 miles) Southwest of Dadali, Solomon Islands No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Republican Contempt For The Working Class

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
Michael Kingsley famously defined a "gaffe" as when a politician unwittingly tells the truth. And the truth behind Mitt Romney's "47%" gaffe, Paul Krugman writes, is that Romney and his party have nothing but contempt for the working class: Needless to say, the G.O.P.’s disdain for workers goes deeper than rhetoric. It’s deeply embedded in the party’s policy priorities. Mr. Romney’s remarks spoke to a widespread belief on the right that taxes on working Americans are, if anything, too low. Indeed, The Wall Street Journal famously described low-income workers whose wages fall belo... more »

Ground-Breaking Wage Theft Program Needs Modification

Donna at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 1 day ago
I attended what was supposed to be my first hearing under Miami-Dade County's ground-breaking wage theft ordinance yesterday. I say it was supposed to be my first hearing, because it didn't actually happen for me, nor did it happen for quite a few of the taxpayers who attended seeking justice from the County. Here's how the County says things are supposed to work: If a settlement between you and the employer cannot be reached, SBD will attempt to serve the employer notice of the complaint via certified mail. This notice allows the employer to respond to the claim within 21 days of ... more »

Friday Nerd Blogging Actual

Charli Carpenter at The Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
They are here... Westeros re-election campaign posters for your procrastinating pleasure. For some excellent commentary from the campaign trail, I am linking back to Robert Farley and Matthew Duss' analysis of recent events. Also, weigh in on Scott Eric Kaufman's GoT syllabuilding effort here, in which he unconscionably proposes to force hapless undergraduates to read only the Westerosi chapters of the novel, skipping all the Dothraki-based chapters, inaccurately described as the Danaerys chapters. (What?) Also, via LGM, this extremely entertain... more »

How Citizens United Subverted the Rights of Real People

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 1 day ago
*by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy* I've often written about the detailed and vivid account of A. Htler's meeting with top German industrialists --Krupp, Thyseen, I.G. Farben et al. It was in that meeting that the German fascism was made real in terms of an agreement between the Reich and its 'fascist' sponsors, the huge corporations who would benefit from aggression, death and destruction. The meeting may not have defined the word 'fascism' but it most certainly birthed a Nazi regime in which corporations were given and promised not only privileges but, most importanly, big ju... more »

UFOs over South America - UFO TV lifts their secret

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 1 day ago
Link: http://youtu.be/ojyP88bY61I I have been involved in Ufo studies for well over 40 years now. Investigations about the UFO phenomenon look much like a relay-race: researchers come and go over time, so do various projects. However the results remain the same. Although several governments already decided to declassify (some of their) material about ufo-sightings the ufo mystery continuous to exist. For sure it is too easy to wipe away the bulk of reports saying they comprise mostly nonsense or misinterpretations of birds, balloons and kites or bright planets. In particular while s... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Michael "Dan" Mori, the former military attorney who famously represented Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks, has told a Perth audience governments' targeted killings of terrorists and their associates has become more overt. * * *In a lecture at the University of Western Australia on Friday, Mr Mori discussed how it had become more common for governments to openly order the killing of someone under the banner of the "war on terror". He reflected on the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, after which Israeli intelligence and special forces secretly hunted down and killed Palestinian suspe... more »

New Ad Implies Obama Is Cozy With Muslim Brotherhood

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*The conservative advocacy group Let Freedom Ring released an ad Thursday to run in key swing states depicting President Barack Obama as a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer.* The group was planning on airing the ads next month, but shifted course after Muslims attacked the Egyptian embassy and killed four Americans in Libya, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Egypt's new president, Mohammed Morsi, belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, considered a terrorist organization by some. The Brotherhood denies such claims. Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna says Obama's response to the... more »

Two-year-old dies in Edmonton hospital

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
A two-year-old girl who was allegedly abused by her parents has died at an Edmonton hospital Story

(Enemy of the People) Feast of Fools and the Rule of Money: Public = Toxic Waste? (Mass Arrests in NYC as OWS Movement Marks One Year)

Thursday, September 20, 2012 "Feast of Fools and the Rule of Money" "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

France bans protests over Prophet Mohammad cartoons

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*PARIS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - France confirmed on Friday it would allow no street protests against cartoons denigrating Islam's Prophet Mohammad that were published by a French magazine this week.* Interior Minister Manuel Valls said prefects throughout the country had orders to prohibit any protest over the issue and crack down if the ban was challenged. "There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up," he said. Source

French embassies, consulates and international schools in 20 Muslim countries closed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*French embassies, consulates, cultural centres and schools in around 20 Muslim countries shut up shop on Friday – the Muslim holy day – for fear of retaliatory violence following weekly prayers. The order came from the foreign ministry, which anticipates violent demonstrations over the publishing Wednesday of Prophet Mohammed cartoons by satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo. The obscene cartoons exacerbated anger among Muslim communities after more than a week of deadly protests sparked by the US-made amateurish video “Innocence of Muslims”. * Security had been beefed up on security arr... more »

Pakistan blocks mobile phone signals in 15 cities

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Security forces in Islamic countries are bracing for a day of anti-western fury, with international protests planned against a YouTube video ridiculing Muslims and French cartoons mocking the prophet Muhammad.* France has closed embassies and schools in about 20 countries around the world after the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published a series of cartoons depicting the prophet, including two showing him naked. Pakistan has drafted in troops to protect foreign embassies and blocked mobile phone signals in about 15 cities after thousands of violent protesters clashed with poli... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF EL SALVADOR at a depth of 35.2 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 11:12:04 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 135 km (84 miles) SSW from Usulután, Usulután, El Salvador No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Anti-Islam Film: Protests Spread Across Asia

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
Demonstrations are taking place in Muslims countries around the world in a day of protests against a film mocking the Prophet Mohammed. *:: Pakistan* One protester was wounded when a cinema guard opened fire as angry crowds armed with clubs and bamboo poles stormed the Shama cinema, known locally for showing films considered to be pornographic. Demonstrators smashed the windows of the cinema and set it on fire. Kashif Mahmood, a Pakistani TV reporter, has claimed his driver, Mohammad Amir, was killed when police fired to disperse the crowd. He said three bullets hit the vehicle, i... more »

The Neocons’ Project for the New American Century: “American World Leadership” – Syria next to Pay the Price?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 1 day ago
By Felicity Arbuthnot Global Research* * *“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter, who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the people.”* (Eugene Debs, 1855-1926, speech Canton, Ohio, 16thJune 1918.) The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), unleashed in June 1997, has largely disappeared from the political radar, yet the mire, murder and general mayhem the US, UK and dwindling “boots on the ground” allies find themselves in, are seemingly rooted in its aims, which march relentlessly o... more »

Jessica Harper Jailed for 5 Years after defrauding her Employer of almost £2.5m

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
* A former head of online security at Lloyds Banking Group is jailed for five years after defrauding the company of almost £2.5m. * Jessica Harper, 50, whose £60,000-a-year role included fighting fraud, submitted 93 false and doctored invoices to pay herself £2,463,750, which she then gave to friends and her three brothers to allow them to buy property. The fraud took place during the financial crisis when Lloyds received substantial amounts of taxpayers' money. She stole the money over four years by creating a dummy bank account in the name of an IT firm which carried out work fo... more »  

'Empty chair lynchings' Causes outrage after Clint Eastwood's Obama sketch as Texas Republican hangs stool from his tree

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*A passionate opponent of Barack Obama has come under fire for hanging an empty chair from a tree in his front yard.* The chair is apparently meant to represent the President, inspired by Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention - but some have argued that it is a reference to the lynching of African-Americans. However, Bud Johnson, the Texas Republican responsible for the unusual display, says that he is not racist and did not intend to send a threatening message with the chair. The chair was first spotted hanging from a tree outside a home in Austin on Wedne... more »

Did anybody see where Margaret Wente?

Orwell's Bastard at Orwell's Bastard - 1 day ago
Yeah, well. Not like any of this is new or anything, but for some reason it's suddenly getting traction. An overview: [View the story "The Wente plagiarism allegations grow legs" on Storify] First, some serious acknowledgement to the heroic Media Culpa, who is, evidently single-handedly, doing more quality control for Canadian journalism than the entire corporate media sector combined. No point in going through it all again. Read Media Culpa (and keep your Gravol within reach). What to do about Wente? In a way, she does the same thing as Blatchford: create controversy, be contrari... more »

Obama Admits Failure ....By blaming others

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*MIAMI, Fla. - President Obama today said his failure to push comprehensive immigration reform as promised was the biggest failure of his first term but blamed Republicans in Congress for the lack of progress.* Seeeking to appeal to Latino voters at a Univision News forum, the president explained "when we talked about immigration reform in the first year, that's before the economy was on the verge of collapse, Lehman Brothers had collapsed, the stock market was collapsing, and so my first priority was making sure that we prevented us from going into a Great Depression." In 2008, t... more »

German biogeochemistry postdoc proposes to extinguish the "unsustainable" Sun

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
Nathaniel Virgo (SE) is a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Jena. His DPhil was about the effect of limited energy supply on organisms. You may see lots of similar "conventional physics" topics that are always "tainted by the environmentalist ideology" a little bit. Two hours ago, he asked a question at the Physics Stack Exchange that made me LOL. He has already made all the important general plans and only asks the physics users to help him with a technical detail. So his question is: *What is the easiest way to stop a star?* No kidding. You're going to l... more »

Senate launches attack on Microsoft and HP for 'avoiding billions in taxes' as it is revealed big firms have $1.5TRILLION stashed overseas

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Microsoft Corp., the Hewlett-Packard Co. and other multinational corporations have avoided billions in U.S. taxes by shifting profits offshore and taking advantage of weak, ambiguous sections of the tax code, Senate investigators said on Thursday.* Microsoft used 'aggressive' transactions to shift assets to subsidiaries in Puerto Rico, Ireland and Singapore, in part to avoid taxes, said the report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. In one example, the report said that the Washington state-based software giant saved $4.5 billion in taxes from 2009 to 2011 by s... more »

Adel Daoud held without bond after being charged with terror plot to detonate car bomb outside Chicago bar

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*The 18-year-old man accused of trying to ignite what he thought was a car bomb outside a Chicago bar was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday and ordered held in jail without bond.* Adel Daoud was arrested last week after authorities said he tried to trigger a fake mechanism set up by FBI agents during a sting operation. Daoud, of Hillside, a Chicago suburb, is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage or destroy a building by means of an explosive. U.S. Magistrate Arlander Keys refused during a hearing to set a bond for Daoud, ... more »

White House FINALLY admits U.S. consulate attacks in Libya that killed ambassador were acts of terror (but Obama still blames anti-Islam film)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*The White House admitted today it was 'self-evident' that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a terrorist act - but the President himself refused to use this phrase or confirm al-Qaeda involvement. * U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed in the deadly assault on the Benghazi compound on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. President Obama said on Thursday that extremists used an anti-Islam video as an excuse to assault U.S. interests overseas, including the attack on the consulate. Speaking at a candidate forum on the Spanish-language network ... more »

Dozens killed in Cameroon flooding

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Maroua, Cameroon (CNN) -- Cameroon authorities have found six more bodies in flood waters, bringing the number killed to as high as 40 in the wake of tropical downpours and the breaching of a dam in the west African country. * The inundation in the Far North Region has affected more than 26,000, officials said Thursday, and in neighboring Nigeria at least 15 deaths are blamed on waters rushing into the country from Cameroon's compromised Lagdo Dam on the Benoue River. Cameroon's Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary has described the flooding as "a calamity" and called for ur... more »

UN: Mogadishu bombing kills Somali broadcaster in "cowardly" attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- The United Nations condemned a suicide bombing in Somalia's capital that killed a number of people, including three journalists from state-run broadcasting services, as a "cowardly attack."* The U.N. special representative to Somalia made the comments following the attack Thursday that saw a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a packed teahouse near Mogadishu's presidential palace. "I strongly condemn this cowardly and senseless attack. These acts of terrorism cannot reverse the recent achievements that Somalia has witnessed," Augustine P.... more »

Mustafa Gurpinar Jailed Life

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Image: Leroy James was stabbed in a park in north London last year* A 15-year-old boy has been given a life sentence for the killing of schoolboy Leroy James. Mustafa Gurpinar who was 14 at the time, knifed victim Leroy James, also 14, during a pre-arranged fight. Gurpinar had challenged Leroy on Facebook to a fight in a local play area in Ponders End, north London, in August last year. But he pulled a knife out of his pocket when the larger boy got the better of him, the Old Bailey heard. Gurpinar was found guilty of murder by a 10-2 majority, and guilty of having a knife as a... more »

BlackBerry Failure: Users Hit By New System Failure

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*A new system failure has hit BlackBerry users across Europe, the mobile phone firm has said. * Canadian BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) said in a statement: "We are currently experiencing a BlackBerry service issue impacting some users in Europe, Middle East and Africa. "All relevant support teams are working to resolve the issue. We apologise to any customers who may be affected." The spokeswoman said it was not clear what type of problems customers were facing or the extent of disruption for users in the UK. Read More

Japan: Number of bile duct cancer deaths for ex-workers at printing company 2,900 times normal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*The number of deaths of former workers at an Osaka printing company due to bile duct cancer was around 2,900 times the usual rate for Japanese males, according to a study.* Associate professor Shinji Kumagai of the University of Occupational and Environmental Health conducted the study on Sanyo CYP, which marked the first of a string of bile duct cancer cases linked to printing companies around the country. Kumagai was to announce the results of the study at a meeting of the Japan Biliary Association on Sept. 21. According to the study, there were 62 men who worked for a year or m... more »

U.S. launches test flights of Osprey aircraft in Japan despite safety fears

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*IWAKUNI (Kyodo) -- U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft flew over Japan for the first time on Friday in test flights amid persistent safety concerns among local people, following the Japanese government's announcement Wednesday that they are safe to fly.* The first two gray-painted Ospreys took off from the Marines' Iwakuni Air Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture one after the other in the morning. Both returned to the base by noon, without noticeable trouble. Four more conducted test flights in the afternoon. The first two were seen flying in cruise mode with their twin rotors til... more »

Lia Green who died after 'falling from swing' was murdered, police say

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*The death of a three-year-old girl amid claims she fell from a child's swing was 'most definitely not an accident', police have said.* Lia Green - described as a 'little princess' - was rushed to hospital from her home in Preston last month after she collapsed in front of her parents. The youngster died on arrival at Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire as a result of significant internal injuries, despite attempts by paramedics to save her. Lia's parents Richard Green, 22, and Natalie Critchley, 20, were arrested on suspicion of murder, before being freed on bail pending further ... more »

Young jobless on the rise in Europe's rich north

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*(Reuters) - At 29, Samira Ahidar just got a permanent job, her first.* Ahidar, who still lives with her parents, dropped out of school a decade ago and her adult life has been dominated by the search for work. She would still be jobless if it were not for a job creation scheme that employs her at an elderly care home. "I've no idea where I'll be in five years time," said Ahidar, dressed in an orange apron that comes with her new role. "It is so hard to find work, you feel like giving up." Ahidar does not live in Greece or Spain, countries where as many as one in two young people ... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA at a depth of 29.6 km (18.4 miles), the quake hit at 10:09:26 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 159 km (99 miles) Southeast from Naryn, Kyrgyzstan No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Iraq blocks Syria-bound North Korean plane, suspects weapons cargo

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*(Reuters) - Iraq denied permission to a North Korean plane bound for Syria to pass through Iraqi airspace last Saturday because it suspected it could be carrying weapons, a senior official said on Friday.* Iraq on Thursday denied a Western intelligence report that said Iranian aircraft had flown weapons and military personnel over Iraqi airspace to Syria to help President Bashar al-Assad battle an 18-month-old uprising. The allegation, reported by Reuters on Wednesday, said arms transfers were organized by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. "Continuing the Iraqi government pol... more » 

Pussy Riot supporter priest to be defrocked by Russian orthodox church

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*A Russian orthodox priest who supported the Pussy Riot protestors is to be defrocked by the church. * According to the BBC, Deacon Sergei Baranov had already resigned over the church's treatment of three members of the band, who were jailed for two years on August for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in one of Moscow's main cathedrals. Their imprisonment has sparked condemnation across the world, with a raft of musicians including Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Paul McCartney calling for them to be released. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has also s... more »

Iran's Top Atomic Official Says Nation Issued False Nuclear Data to Fool Spies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Iran’s top atomic energy official said in an article published Thursday that because of foreign espionage, his government had sometimes provided false information to protect its nuclear program, which Western powers and Israel have called a cloak to develop a nuclear weapons capacity.* The official, Fereydoon Abbasi, a nuclear scientist who is the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, did not specify the nature of the false information. Nor did he specify when it had been presented or to whom. Mr. Abbasi’s remarks were quoted in an article on the Web site of Al Hayat, a pan-A... more »

Pakistani leaders play religious card as protests boil

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*(Reuters) - Pakistan shut down Friday in a government-sanctioned protest over a film made in the United States that mocks the Prophet Mohammad, highlighting the power of religious parties to shape the political agenda. * Protesters incensed by the film and inspired by influential Pakistani religious parties set fire to a motorway toll booth just outside the capital and a cinema in the northwestern city of Peshawar in images broadcast live on television. Pakistan's government, wary of widespread frustration over its failure to provide basic services, declared Friday a day of protest... more »

The importance of the little qualifying words - part 1 - Polar ice

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
The BBC like to slip little qualifying words into their reports, words that slip by and when missed change the sense of the article. Here's an example, this report is headlined 'Record minimum for Arctic sea ice' but that's not the actual story. Here's what the report says: 'Arctic sea ice has reached its minimum extent for the year, setting a record for the lowest summer cover since satellite data collection began.' 'Since satellite data collection began' - so how far back does this record go? Let's see the first satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched in 1957 (55 years ago in a few wee... more »

Car bomb kills 5 in Thailand's violent south

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*PATTANI, Thailand (AP) — Suspected Muslim insurgents have detonated a car bomb in Thailand’s violence-prone south, killing five people and wounding a dozen others. * * *Police Col. Asis U-mayee says suspected militants opened fire Friday on a gold shop in Pattani province’s Sai Buri district. No one was hurt and the militants fled the scene. He said when security forces arrived at the scene, two improvised bombs hidden in gas canisters in a nearby pickup truck went off. An administrative official and five civilians were killed, while several policemen were wounded. Read More

South Korea fires warning shots at North fishing boats

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*SEOUL — South Korea said its navy patrol boats fired warning shots Friday at six North Korean fishing boats that crossed their disputed Yellow Sea border in the latest of a series of incursions.* None of the North Korean vessels were hit and they swiftly returned to their side of the western sea boundary after the incident, a Defence Ministry spokesman told AFP. "Dozens of Vulcan machine gun rounds were fired into waters near North Korean fishing boats which violated the sea border," the spokesman said. "The operation, involving two naval patrol ships, began around 3:00 pm (0600 ... more »

Dale Cregan Remanded in custody

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
* A man accused of killing two policewomen has appeared in a Manchester court charged with four murders.* Dale Cregan was remanded in custody until September 24. The 29-year-old was charged with the murders of PC Nicola Hughes, 23, and PC Fiona Bone, 32, at a house on the Hattersley estate in Tameside, Greater Manchester, on Tuesday. The two officers were responding to a report of a burglary in the area. Cregan sat down as he was brought into the dock but got to his feet after he was asked to stand by District Judge Jonathan Taaffe. He wore a false black onyx eye in his left eye s... more »

Lehman Brothers found liable for losses by Australian councils, charities and churches

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 1 day ago
Lehman Brothers found liable for losses by Australian councils, charities and churches From: ABC September 21, 2012 5:28PM http://goo.gl/71z9E A FEDERAL Court judge has ruled that investment bank Lehman Brothers is liable for millions of dollars of losses incurred by Australians as a result of failed investments. A group of 72 councils, charities, churches and private investors sued Lehman Brothers for $248 million, claiming the now defunct investment bank breached contracts and fiduciary duties, and engaged in misleading and negligent conduct. They were seeking compensation ... more »

Pakistan cinemas torched on day of rage against anti-Islam film

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Protesters torched two cinemas in north-western Pakistan on Friday as clashes broke out in several cities at the start of a nationwide day of demonstrations at an anti-Muslim film.* Expat workers stayed at home, mobile phone signals were turned off and security forces sealed off roads leading to diplomatic missions and government offices in the capital Islamabad as the country went into lock-down. The demonstrations began even before Friday prayers, which usually mark the start of trouble. A crowd of several hundred angry demonstrators armed with clubs and bamboo sticks set fire... more »

Anti-Islam Film: Arson Attacks In Pakistan ....Obama/Hillary Advert not working?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*Protesters have set fire to two cinemas in Peshawar, Pakistan, in a day of protests against a film mocking the Prophet Mohammed.* One protester was wounded when a cinema guard opened fire as angry crowds armed with clubs and bamboo poles stormed the Shama cinema, known locally for showing films considered to be pornographic. Demonstrators smashed the windows of the cinema and set it on fire, witnesses told news agency AFP. Kashif Mahmood, a Pakistani TV reporter, has claimed his driver, Mohammad Amir, was killed when police fired to disperse the crowd He said three bullets hit th... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
*A man has been charged with inciting violence in Sydney's CBD this weekend. * * *The 20-year-old was arrested at a business in Ingleburn, in the city's southwest, on Friday afternoon by police investigating last Saturday's Muslim riots. Detectives have been monitoring social networking sites this week and allege the man used websites and text messages to incite more violence at the weekend. He was charged with recruiting persons to engage in criminal activity and printing or publishing to incite, urge or aid the commission of a crime. He was granted strict conditional bail to appe... more »

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake MENDOZA, ARGENTINA - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck MENDOZA, ARGENTINA at a depth of 100.9 km (62.7 miles), the quake hit at 09:22:25 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 80 km (49 miles) West of Mendoza, Argentina No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEA - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEA at a depth of 15.1 km (9.4 miles), the quake hit at 08:47:40 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 124 km (77 miles) West from Chania, Crete, Greece No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake COSTA RICA - 21st September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 day ago
A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck COSTA RICA at a depth of 25.7 km (16 miles), the quake hit at 06:37:00 UTC Friday 21st September 2012 The epicenter was 49 km (30.4 miles) SSW from Liberia, Costa Rica No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Another apéritif

noreply@blogger.com (Námo Mandos) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
Apparently some sort of Parliamentary sophistry fest is going to start soon, so I thought that I'd would leave you with an apéritif, courtesy of some sub-equatorial blogfriends, otherwise known as "upside-downies." Enjoy! In other news, a CERTAIN PERSON has decided to reveal HER inner civil libertarian (or is that CIVIL LIBERTARIAN?)---I won't link, since SHE has a known tendency to be childish with the redirects---and reproduce some of the latest round of poor-taste Muhammad cartoons, presumably because of HER commitment to human rights and individual freedoms from state and rel... more »

Oneness is Non-Negotiable

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 1 day ago
Oneness is non-negotiable September 21, 2012 by John Smallman The essential changes that humanity needs to make in attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in order to restore the normal, necessary, loving, and peaceful conditions in which you can relate to one another on every level are occurring very rapidly now. Humanity’s region of the divine energy field — your field of consciousness — continues to strengthen and intensify as more and more of you become aware of how each one of you can and does effect it, and then very positively makes the intent to do so. A wonderful Light is... more »

Gaia Portal: Gaia Energy Conduit Clarification has Accelerated...

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 1 day ago
Gaia Energy Conduit Clarification has Accelerated… September 21, 2012 The process of clarifying Gaia energy conduits has been accelerated to enable rapid dissolution of anharmonics introduced during recent portal activations. Acceleration will continue through the 10-10 gateway. *Those affected by this acceleration will sense a rapid withdrawal from standard activities.* Such are not aligned with the Higher D energies currently processing throughout Gaia. Alignments with Higher aspects of Source continue as planned.

Fat-Free Econ 24: Government Fat and Public Expectations

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
* This is my article yesterday in TV5's news portal, http://www.interaksyon.com/business/43681/fat-free-economics-trimming-govt-fat-requires-changing-publics-expectations ---------- One of the major perks in government is that one can always live beyond one’s means, to spend larger than projected revenues or income, then just borrow like crazy as lenders are more than willing to lend because government has one huge pool of collateral who are sure to pay a stockpiling debt today and in the future: the taxpayers. This moral hazard– a person, an institution, etc. can become complacent an... more »

Interesting statistics

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Via Google Statistics I have noted where the visitors to this blog come from: United Kingdom 49% United States 33% Germany 6% Australia 3% Canada 3% France 3% India 2% Denmark 1% Russia 1% Netherlands 1% The UK and USA being top do not surprise me, nor I suppose that together they account for some 82% of my visitors. Bearing in mind my postings I understand the numbers for India, France, Canada and Russia, the others less so.

Farm Aid 2012: A Backstage Pass on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
Source: http://www.farmaid.org/site/c.qlI5IhNVJsE/b.2723647/k.2B7B/The_Lineup.htm To Whom This May Concern: Just Label It is excited to announce a special partnership with* Farm Aid, *an organization dedicated to keeping family farmers on their land. For many of these farmers, the issue of genetically engineered foods hits home. From the *constant fear of cross-pollination* and contamination to the rising cost and *scarcity of non-genetically-engineered seeds*, countless farmers across the country are affected by the corporate monopoly over the seed market. *Learn more from farme... more »

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