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Thomas Paine

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Monday, September 24, 2012

24 September - Blogs I'm Following II

7:49 MDST  Over 12 hours

How the Few Control the Many

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
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End The Fed: Turning Evil Into Profits Since 1913

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
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TPP Trade Negotiations Kept Secret from Congress & Public

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
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Workshop + Monday Morning Linkage = Not Many Links

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
- My attempts to get Dan Drezner an ignoble have failed. - Steve Saideman will be pleased that Sara Silverman has jumped on the voter fraud fraud bandwagon (NSFW). Frank Pasquale describes a less amusing side of the story. - Plagiarism in Turkey. - The Arabist takes on the delisting of the MEK. - More on the epistemology of macroeconomics, from Noah Smith. - This kind of reflexive sociological meta-blogging seems, well, Duck-ish. - Moral systems in video games.

An Employment Lawyer's Debate Questions for President Obama

Donna at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 13 hours ago
This is the first in a series that I am doing along with a group of employment attorneys around the country. Management and employee side attorneys will be providing their own debate questions for the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates this week. The first candidate is President Barack Obama. Here are some questions I’d ask the President at the debates if I had a chance: *The very first piece of legislation you signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, empowering women to recover wages lost to discrimination by extending the time period in which e... more »

BBC: How small is the universe?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
If you haven't watched this BBC2 Horizon program named How small is the universe? four weeks ago, here is the 60-minute video: *Is the narrator speaking in conventional British English?* It's about Nature at very short distance scales and topics such as the string theory landscape, tiny black holes, the Planck length, quasiparticles, MAGIC cosmic rays telescope, and many more things. The visual effects are pretty good. They probably got much cheaper than a few years ago. Michael Green grows a new universe out of a blue seed in his palm – and many vibrating strings are everywh... more »

Daily Links, Monday, Sept 24, 2012

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
What's out there? *BLOGS*: - The Monga Train Station Hotel from the Japanese period - Letters from Taiwan finds an unanswerable argument on the Senkakus from China - Organized religion is about control. Thanks, J Michael. - Jenna's mountain rescue in Yilan. Harrowing tale. - Explore love hotels in the place where romance blossoms.... you know, Yunlin. *MEDIA*: - Not many people get what's going on in Asia. But Philip Bowring does. - Coast Guard holds drill next to Senkakus - Paul Lin, always a good read, with discussion of politics behind the isl... more »

Stock futures decline as German data disappoints

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Stock index futures fell on Monday, indicating last week's decline would continue as investors questioned growth prospects for the global economy.* German business sentiment dropped for a fifth successive month in September to its lowest level since early 2010, showing even the strongest of Europe's economies is succumbing to an economic downturn despite the European Central Bank's recently announced bond-buying plan. European shares .FTEU3 lost 0.6 percent. Equities have advanced sharply in recent months on expectations for central bank stimulus. On Sept 6 the ECB an... more »

Spanish Forest Fires: Thousands Flee Homes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
* Firefighters have been battling a Spanish forest fire - triggered by strong winds - that forced the evacuation of some 2,000 people. * The blaze broke out Sunday afternoon and spread quickly by Monday, threatening villages about 30 miles (50km) inland of Valencia, located on the Mediterranean coast. Some 500 firefighters on the ground, backed by 27 aircraft, attempted to control the blaze. Thousands were told to leave their villages and several roads were cut off. "We are trying to protect areas of housing," said senior Valencia region government policymaker Serafin Castellano. ... more » 

Benghazi Attack and Ambassador Stevens: Why “The Sound of Silence”?

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
Global Research Felicity Arbuthnot *“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it*.” (George Santayana, 1863-1952.) * * *A meticulous piecing together of the events in Benghazi leading to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, three colleagues and either seven or ten Libyan personnel, on 11th September, has been presented by Mark Robertson and Finian Cunningham, cutting through “fog”, hypocrisies and misinformation. (i.)* * * The events in Benghazi have been presented in the media as a spontaneous uprising caused by rage at the sewer level “film”, The In... more »

Weekly Find: The Skinny On Obesity!

Casey at The Adventures of Limited Eating - 14 hours ago
*Weekly Find: The Skinny On Obesity!* Last week when I was doing some research for my next article on the dangers of sugar I came across a doctor named Dr. Lustig. Dr. Lustig has done an extensive amount of research on the dangers of sugar and its effect on the obesity epidemic. He states that excess fructose, lack of fiber and the consequent effect on insulin may be the main cause for a large part of the obesity epidemic! Just check out the ingredients on your grocery store products and you will find that it is a mission to find products without added sugars. I run into this probl... more »


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
*St-Jules v. St-Jules*, 2012 NSCA 97 is a useful source for the principle that adjournments are peculiarly within the purview of judges at first instance: [28] As set out by Saunders, J.A., in *Sharpe v. Abbott*, 2007 NSCA 6 (CanLII), 2007 NSCA 6, this Court gives deference to a trial judge’s decision whether to grant or deny an adjournment: [74] ...A trial judge’s right to supervise and control the trial process includes a wide discretion to grant or refuse adjournments. The exercise of that discretion is owed considerable deference on appeal unless it can be shown that the judge ... more »

9/11 official story doubts becoming more mainstream

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
The Examiner Gregory Patin More and more people from all walks of life and all professions seem to be questioning the “official” narrative of what happened on9/11. Those who are questioning the events of 9/11 may be moving under the radar of the corporate media from being labeled “conspiracy theorists” to legitimate investigators with legitimate questions and concerns. A good example is Jesse Ventura’s recent appearance on *CNN*’s Piers Morgan. Ventura, who hosts a program on TruTV called “Conspiracy Theory,” appeared on Morgan’s show last week. After discussing 9/11, Morgan tried... more »

Egypt sentences 14 to death over Sinai attacks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*(Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced on Monday 14 militant Islamists to death by hanging and four to life imprisonment over attacks on army and police forces in the Sinai Peninsula last year.* The men, who belonged to a militant group called Tawheed and Jihad, were charged by the prosecutor with killing three police officers, an army officer and a civilian in attacks carried out in June and July, 2011. Eight of the 14 death sentences were in absentia, court sources said. Source

Euro zone uncertainty puts shares, euro on back foot

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*(Reuters) - European shares and the euro followed a broad range of riskier assets lower on Monday, as investors refocused attention from central bank stimulus schemes to weak economic fundamentals and the euro zone's still unresolved debt crisis.* The euro zone's troubles remain the focus for markets this week with Spain, under pressure to submit to a rescue program, due to present its 2013 budget on Thursday and talks due to restart between Greece and the EU/IMF/ECB troika. The FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3, which was flat last week after having notched a near 18 percent rise since Ju... more »

German business mood worsens despite ECB bond plan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*(Reuters) - German business sentiment dropped for a fifth straight month in September to its lowest since early 2010, raising fears of recession and underlining that a bold bond-buying plan laid out by the European Central Bank is no economic elixir. * Germany's relative resilience to the euro zone crisis has been steadily fraying as its firms see falling demand for their products from key European partners and signs of a slowdown in other markets. Earlier this month ECB chief Mario Draghi announced a new and potentially unlimited bond-buying program to lower the borrowing costs of... more »

Saudi Arabia: Two Dead After Contracting 'Mystery respiratory Virus'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*A severely-ill patient from the Middle East is being treated in a London hospital suffering from a mystery respiratory virus that has killed two patients in Saudi Arabia.* The 49-year-old man is in intensive care after being transferred to the UK via air-ambulance from Qatar where he was taken ill a few weeks ago having recently visiting Riyadh. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said the infection is a new type of coronavirus different from any previously found in humans. Sky's Health Correspondent Thomas Moore said: "He's being treated in isolation in hospital with barrier nurs... more »

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 24th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck TONGA at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles), the quake hit at 10:31:26 UTC Monday 24th September 2012 The epicenter was 125 km (77.5 miles) North of Nuku'alofa, Tonga No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time


Anon at aangirfan - 14 hours ago
*Ambassador Dubs was killed in Afghanistan in 1979. Pieczenik wrote an article for The Washington Post in which he claims to have heard a senior U.S. official in the State Department Operations Center give permission for the attack that led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Adolph Dubs in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1979.[16] * Who killed Ambassador Stevens? *1.* On 23 September 2012,* Lt. Col. Oliver North* tells us what his faction thinks about the attack on Ambassador Stevens in Libya, and a recent attack on a base in Afghanistan. North: Useful idiots "There was intelligence about a ... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake PAGAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - 24th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the PAGAN REGION, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS at a depth of 246.6 km (153.2 miles), the quake hit at 08:37:08 UTC Monday 24th September 2012 The epicenter was 15 km (9.3 miles) SSW of Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

A REFERENDUM STITCH-UP: How the EU and British elites are plotting to fix the result

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*The British establishment is quite prepared to doctor the record when it suits them - last week's Hillsborough revelations graphically showed that. It can be decades before the truth is dragged out of our political class.* There is no subject on which this is truer than Britain's membership of the European Union. Whether it's Whitehall suppressing key papers or British governments of all stripes issuing misleading statements and using weasel words, we now know that the whole truth and key information has long been suppressed. This matters particularly now, because EU Commission pr... more »

Iran official: German firm planted bombs in parts meant for nuclear program

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
Haaretz An Iranian technician works at the uranium conversion facility just outside the city of Isfahan 410 kilometers south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Feb. 3, 2007. *Iranian lawmaker says security experts discovered the explosives in components supplied by Siemens and removed them before detonation; firm denies claims. * Iran accused Germany's Siemens on Saturday of implanting tiny explosives inside equipment the Islamic Republic purchased for its disputed nuclear program, a charge the technology giant denied. Prominent lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Iranian security experts ... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*In March 2011, a devastating earthquake and tsunami set off a partial meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant on Japan's coast. A recent study led by European researchers found Fukushima is not alone, as 22 other plants around the world may be similarly susceptible to destructive tsunami waves, with most of them in east and southeast regions of Asia. * The 23 facilities on the list (including Fukushima) house a total of 74 nuclear reactors. Thirteen of the plants are active, while the others are either nearing completion or being expanded to house more reactors. The researchers say... more »

BBC Promotes English Democrats, a Party With No Assets, No Income..( No Membership?)

. The English Democratic Party has been receiving coverage on a number of different BBC programmes, including the national news. Their 'Directors report' tells a tale. Zero assets, zero income, zero investments. Should this operation be treated like a serious political organisation? If only some of the rest of us were offered similar access to the airwaves. ...

Democrats “willfully misleading” or “wrong” on Fast and Furious

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
By ADI News Services *Fast and Furious report reveals inaccurate statements*Republicans on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) are asking whether the Democrats’ on the OGR who made “false statements on Fast and Furious wiretap applications: willfully misleading the American people” or were they “just plain wrong? OGR Democrats have said that the wiretaps in the Fast and Furious matter did not show reckless tactics. Cases in point: “All six of these wiretap applications state explicitly that law enforcement agents on the ground in Arizona did not observe the illegal... more »

Energy Econ 7: Renewables, FIT, RPS and Climate

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 15 hours ago
Two months ago, I had a friendly discourse with fellow UPSE alumni in our yahoogroups about the Renewable Energy (RE) law, the feed in tariff (FIT), renewable portfolio standards (RPS), the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and climate. Very civil discourse focused on content and issues, not personalities. Unlike in my recent debate with some anti-coal fanatics who cannot sustain a debate on issues and would quickly slide into personally attacking those who support a coal power plant or those who cast doubts on the renewables. See the 23+ pages debate here, Energy Econ 6: Intoler... more »

Floods, landslides displace 1 million in India; 33 dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Floods and landslides caused by relentless rain in northeast India have killed at least 33 people and displaced more than a million over the past week, officials said on Monday. * At least 21 people were killed in landslides and another eight were missing in the mountainous state of Sikkim, said state government spokesman A.S. Tobgay. In Assam, still recovering from deadly floods that hit the tea-growing state in July, eight people were killed and 20 were missing, police said. Floods displaced nearly one million in that state alone, and many were now sheltering in camp... more »

Travellers Crossing the Oi River, by Katsushika Hokusai

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 16 hours ago
Have I mentioned I love the extreme stylisation and 'dynamic asymmetry' of Hokusai's prints, widely popular in Japan just before the western impingement, which saw them head around the globe. [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz) 

EU carbon market will be saved by a new boom of coal

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
An hour ago, I saw a fascinating article on Patria.CZ, a Czech server for investors, which revealed a highly paradoxical, nearly comical plan. Analysts at UBS are predicting that by 2015, energy giants such as E.ON and RWE will build lots of new coal power plants – in fact, their capacity will be 6 times greater than the capacity of previously preferred gas-based alternatives. That may send the price of carbon permits up by 73% by 2013. Note that the U.N.-based carbon indulgences' price, CER, dropped by 80 percent in the most recent year. The new boom that is expected both in Wes... more »

James Hansen - Two views

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
The BBC describe NASA's Professor James Hansen thus: 'Prof James Hansen, the Nasa scientist who has done perhaps more than any other academic down the years to raise the spectre of catastrophic climate change. ' Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes introduced Hansen as “NASA’s top climate scientist, credited with the earliest and most accurate projections on climate change.” Peter F at Watts Up With That recalls something interesting: 'I recall Hansen’s 1988 testimony before Congress in which he predicted a warmer climate by 1.2°C in twenty years. Here in 2009, the global average is only 0... more »

Al Qaeda-inspired group claims responsibility for Egyptian-Israeli border attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*(CNN) -- A radical group inspired by al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack along the Egyptian-Israeli border.* In a statement posted on jihadi websites late Saturday, a group calling itself Ansar Jerusalem ("Supporters of Jerusalem") said the Friday attack, in which three militants and an Israeli soldier were killed, was a response to the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims." The statement claimed that the militants were Egyptians and that the operation was a "disciplinary attack against those who insulted the beloved Prophet" Mohammed. General Ahmed Bakr, hea... more »

Iranian leader condemns 'extremism'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*New York (CNN) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slammed an anti-Islam film that has provoked a violent reaction in the Muslim world, spoke strongly against homosexuality and said what his country would do if attacked by Israel in an interview airing Monday on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." The president denounced the film, "Innoncence of Muslims," that portrays the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, child molester and killer. * The online video has led to a wave of global unrest. "Fundamentally, first of all, any action that is provocative, offends the religious thoughts and ... more »

Dangerous and deepening divide between Islamic world, West

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
** Religion not the only cause of confrontation* * *** Close ties with U.S. seen as liablity now -analyst* * *** Arab Spring not as beneficial to West as had been hoped* By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters)- For those who believe in a clash of civilizations between the Islamic world and Western democracy, the last few weeks must seem like final confirmation of their theory. Even those who reject the term as loaded and simplistic speak sadly of a perhaps catastrophic failure of understanding between Americans in particular and many Muslims. The o... more »

Deadly Attack in Libya Was Major Blow to C.I.A. Efforts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*WASHINGTON — The attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans has dealt the Central Intelligence Agency a major setback in its intelligence-gathering efforts at a time of increasing instability in the North African nation.* Among the more than two dozen American personnel evacuated from the city after the assault on the American mission and a nearby annex were about a dozen C.I.A. operatives and contractors, who played a crucial role in conducting surveillance and collecting information on an array of armed militant groups in a... more »

Morsi sets terms for US-Arab ties

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*On the eve of his first trip to the US as Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi said the US needed to fundamentally change its approach to the Arab world, showing greater respect for its values and helping build a Palestinian state, if it hoped to overcome decades of pent-up anger.* A former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Morsi sought in a 90-minute interview with The New York Times to introduce himself to the US public and to revise the terms of relations between his country and the US after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.... more »

Iran readies domestic Internet, blocks Google

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Iran plans to switch its citizens onto a domestic Internet network in what officials say is a bid to improve cyber security but which many Iranians fear is the latest way to control their access to the web. * The announcement, made by a government deputy minister on Sunday, came as state television announced Google Inc's search engine and its email service would be blocked "within a few hours". "Google and Gmail will be filtered throughout the country until further notice," an official identified only by his last name, Khoramabadi, said, without giving further details. ... more »

Israel rules out changing Egypt Camp David peace treaty

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Israel will not change the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt. * Egyptians "shouldn't try to delude themselves or delude others," Mr Lieberman told Israel Radio. It comes amid calls in Egypt to amend the treaty which limits the number of Egyptian troops allowed in the Sinai peninsula as violence increases there. An Islamist group says it launched the latest attack from the area - a clash inside Israel on Friday. The group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said the attack - in which an Israeli soldier and three militants were killed, and another soldie... more »

Japan protests as Chinese ships enter disputed waters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Three Chinese ships briefly entered what Japan considers its territorial waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea on Monday, prompting an official protest from Tokyo and renewed diplomatic efforts to cool tensions between the rivals.* In a move that could further complicate the territorial row that is threatening relations between Asia's biggest economies, a group of fishermen from Taiwan -- which also claims the rocky isles -- said as many as 100 boats escorted by 10 Taiwan Coast Guard vessels would arrive in the area later on Monday. China's Xinhua news ag... more »

Norman - Eco-Warrior Extraordinaire

Not since Morris, the 9Lives cat, has there been another star with such charisma, determination of purpose and box office appeal. Norman, eco-warrior, is such a star. Actually, Norman is the new spokescat promoting Loblaw's new sustainability program. By the end of 2013, the supermarket giant promises to sell only sustainable seafood in all their stores. In the meantime, Norman has a cause, a message and a video. Keep reading to discover the changes he has made in his life; and, then, check out his video at the bottom of the blog. Norman the 'eco-warrior' cat may be the most envir... more »

Monday Monday

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 18 hours ago

If Alberta’s Tories loved Peter Lougheed so much, why do they have so little to say about him?

david at Alberta Diary - 18 hours ago
Linda Duncan at the Alberta NDP’s 50th annual convention over the weekend. Below: Ralph Goodale, Peter Lougheed. We have 28 federal electoral districts in Alberta of which 27 elected members of the Conservative Party of Canada. Of those 27 Conservative MPs, one has since been kicked out of caucus for refusing to blow into a ... more »

SimplyThick Brand Instant Food Thickener/Formula Causes 22 Infant Deaths

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
SimplyThick Brand Instant Food Thickener/Formula Causes 22 Infant Deaths Agriculture Society, 20 September 2012 As heartbreaking as this subject is, I feel very strongly about discussing this topic as a way to prevent more damage to children’s health in the future. Unfortunately, recalls of infant formula and related products, and sickness and deaths from babies consuming them are nothing new. Today, *news reports* are showing the recall of Simply Thick brand “instant food thickener”. This time the problem is being blamed on a thickening agent in the formula designed as a “digesti... more »

Sea Ice Smashes Record By 500,000 Sq Kms.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
The media is getting excited again over our rapidly disappearing sea ice which blew past the 2007 record and bettered it by 500,000 square kilometes to hit a total of 3,400,000 sq kilometers. In fact my prediction of 2007, before the record was particularly apparent then has been powerfully confirmed as the Arctic sea ice has now clearly entered its terminal stage of breakup and collapse. It is quite reasonable to expect almost all winter ice to melt out each summer well before the end of the decade. We also have hard confirmation that this has been brought about by ... more »

Adult Orcas Need Their Mamas, Too

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
The fact that Orca families hang together as a matter of course is surprising and certainly not something commonly observed. That it rotates around a matriarch is not too surprising as we have the same thing with elephants. What is surprising is the retention of males in the pod. We have a prototypical hunter gatherer group operating continuously over decades and able to retain non reproductive seniors as part of their social structure. It largely informs us as to why these matriarchs are valued when we factor in survival itself of the offspring. This is a good starting... more »

Santorini Inflates

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
Santorini has thousands of years of rebuilding to pass through before it matches the size and potential of the original that blew away three and one half thousand years ago. However we can expect volcano building eruptions during that time. Thus learning that a lot of magma is on the move is always disquieting. It is certainly capable of producing a nasty ash plume that can annoy populations downwind. However, we see little record of such a history although the centrality of the Thera blast could be obscuring all sorts of activity. Magma movement may now go back to sleep fo... more »

EV Market Updated

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
The EV has faced one basic problem from the very beginning and that is an effective battery solution. That means two things. Power delivery with swift recharge ability for a 600 mile range design base at an attractive cost. We are perhaps half way there on the first and still quite out on the issue of cost. Until those benchmarks are met, no design genius in the world can win. We are certainly much closer and importantly, the auto industry has learned how to build compatible vehicles, so when batterys are available, the roll out will be immediate. So while much progre... more » 


Anon at aangirfan - 19 hours ago
Would Americans be better off if the USA was broken up? Imagine the individual states building their own economies, and if corporate America wanted a piece of the pie, they would have to reinvest in that state rather than outsourcing everything to countries that will work for peanuts that are breaking the American economy. (more) In September 2012, in Canada, the Parti Québécois took power in Quebec And, *secessionist movements are growing across the USA.* AMERICAN FREE PRESS interviewed Thomas Naylor, the founder of the Second Vermont Republic. *Vermont in red.* According to... more »

A CELESTIAL MYSTERY SOLVED : The Secret to an Unknown Human Power

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 19 hours ago
*A CELESTIAL MYSTERY SOLVED :* * The Secret to an Unknown Human Power ** by GW Hardin * When American Kabuki said that he would post this mystery of a picture, that had shown up out of nowhere, on his blog and let the “crowd source” (his blog members) bring forth the answer, I had my doubts. But no longer. I will present three revelations that showed up around this picture: What is this picture? And where did it come from? Why the celestials want humanity to know about it’s secret. What is the DNA tesseract? And why is it so important? This isn’t the first time a picture ha... more »

Marxists' Apartment A Microcosm Of Why Marxism Doesn't Work | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago


Anon at aangirfan - 20 hours ago
The UK has carried out Biological Warfare (BW) experiments in the open air. Brucella suis (Brucellosis) and Yersinia pestis (Plague) were released. *Shrieking* with *sheer terror*, the *monkeys showered* in *bubonic plague* : *Horrific film* from* shows British germ* war experiments*...*

China navy takes delivery of first aircraft carrier

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 20 hours ago
China's first aircraft carrier was handed over Sunday to the navy of the People's Liberation Army, state press said, amid rising tensions over disputed waters in the East and South China Seas. The handover ceremony of the 300-meter (990-foot) ship, a former Soviet carrier called the Varyag, took place in northeast China's port of Dalian after a lengthy refitting by a Chinese shipbuilder, the Global Times reported. During the handover ceremony the aircraft carrier raised the Chinese national flag on its mast, the PLA flag on its bow and the navy's colours on its stern, the short on... more »

Bounty on head of anti-Islam filmmaker increases

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 hours ago
*Sept. 23 - A Pakistani cleric says he'll pay more than 105,000 dollars to the person who kills the ''Innocence of Muslims'' filmmaker, doubling the reward for his death. Deborah Gembara reports*

Greek police use pepper spray in protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 hours ago
*Police push back angry Muslim youths with pepper spray and teargas to end a protest against Prophet Mohammad film.*


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 21 hours ago
Ex-SKF Tells Us: (Now They Tell Us) 1,590 Microsieverts/Hr in Futaba-machi, #Fukushima on March 12, 2011, Before Reactor 1 Explosion, and Vent, Not Explosion, May Have Caused High Radiation Majia here: Much of the supposed data we have on Fukushima fallout comes from scientific studies that used computers to ESTIMATE fallout based on input data provided by Tepco and gleaned from the carefully censored SPEEDI data. One has to wonder how many scientific studies out there with computer generated estimates are flawed because the INPUTS were grossly UNDER-ESTIMATED, both deliberately a... more »

Foxconn China plant closed after worker disturbance

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group closed its Taiyuan plant in northern China on Monday after a brawl involving possibly thousands of workers began in dormitory facilities early in the morning.* The Taiyuan plant, which employs about 79,000 workers, makes parts for automotive electronics and assembles various electronic devices, according to Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo. "The fight is over now ... we're still investigating the cause of the fight and the number of workers involved," said Woo, adding that "involving a couple thousand workers is possible". Woo said the fig... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake TARAPACA, CHILE - 24th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 hours ago
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck MAULE, CHILE at a depth of 98.6 km (61.3 miles), the quake hit at 03:09:04 UTC Monday 24th September 2012 The epicenter was 99 km (61 miles) East from Iquique, Chile No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MAULE, CHILE - 24th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck MAULE, CHILE at a depth of 118 km (73.1 miles), the quake hit at 02:50:04 UTC Monday 24th September 2012 The epicenter was 10 km (6.2 miles) Southeast of Curicó, Chile No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Chaos, Controlled, Purposive Chaos Rules, U.S. Citizens Die Needlessly, and MSM Promotes Wingnuts Wildly (Or Is That Wild Wingnuts?) Again and Again

September 22, 2012 Shocker Stat of the Day: Life Expectancy Decreases by 4 Years Among Poor White People in the U.S. By Kathleen Geier Yesterday, the New York Times reported on an alarming new study: researchers have documented that the least educated white Americans are experiencing sharp declines in life expectancy. Between 1990 and 2008, white women without a high

Iran uncovered spying device disguised as rock at Fordow nuclear plant

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
*The monitoring device exploded when Iranian troops near Fordow nuclear plant disturbed it, Sunday Times reports, citing Western intelligence.* A monitoring device disguised as a rock exploded last month when Iranian troops near Fordow nuclear plant disturbed it, the Sunday Times reported, citing Western intelligence sources. According to the report, Iran's Revolutionary Guard were on patrol last month to check terminals connecting data and telephone links at the underground nuclear enrichment plant, when they saw the rock and tried to move it. "Iranian experts who examined the sc... more »

Syrian Opposition Calls For End To Violence

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
*Syria's internal opposition has called on both the government and armed rebels to stop violence immediately at a rare meeting in Damascus. * The September 23 meeting was organized by the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria, or NCB, an umbrella for 16 opposition groups with roots in the country. "The conference calls the regime's forces to stop the violence immediately and the armed opposition to commit to the same under an appropriate Arabic and international supervision. Three: the conference requests the UN-Arab Envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi to call for an intern... more »

Meet & Greet Monday (#MtaGt)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 22 hours ago
Welcome to Meet & Greet Monday! Banner by Art Ist Grab our banner for your site: Do you have an Eco-friendly blog or site? Do you occasionally write about the environment or ways to live green? If you answered yes to any, you're invited to link up. Here are the rules: 1. If you have a green-living blog, site and/or write about the environment, sustainability, etc., please use the "linky" below to list your site. 2. If you only occasionally write about green living, please use tags such as "green", "Eco", "Environment", etc. and then link to that col... more »

The War On Coal... Miners

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 hours ago
You may have read Kate Sheppard's story in *Mother Jones* last week about a wealthy coal exec who dressed up like a coal miner to help right-wing Republican Andy Barr beat right-wing Blue Dog Ben Chandler (KY-06). The only preference I have in this race is that they both lose. I don't have any idea why Chandler calls himself a Democrat. In the current session he voted with the Republicans on 67.42% of the crucial, substantive roll calls, more often than Republicans Ron Paul (R-TX) and Walter Jones (R-NC) and almost exactly tied with Tim Johnson (R-IL). The only Democrats with vot... more »

Syria aircraft pound rebels as they claim control

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
*ATMA, Syria — Regime aircraft hammered insurgent bastions nationwide on Sunday as rebels said they now control most of the country and have moved their command centre from Turkey to "liberated areas" inside Syria.* With deadly violence raging across Syria, UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi prepared to brief the UN Security Council on Monday about talks he had with both President Bashar al-Assad and the opposition. Brahimi discussed Syria with UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Saturday and both agreed that the 18-month crisis was "a steadily increasing threat to regional peace and s... more »

Iran says World War III may erupt if attacked by Israel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
*TEHRAN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Iran says on Sunday that the World War III may erupt if the Islamic republic is attacked by Israel.* Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) , warned on Sunday that an Israeli strike on Iran could trigger the World War III, Press TV reported. Israel, threatening to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities these days, has always been highly concerned over Iran's nuclear program, which is believed by the West to head for acquiring nuclear weapons under the cover of civilian purpo... more »

China surveillance ships enter waters near disputed islands

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago

Heywood Case: Wang Lijun Jailed for 15 years

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
The police chief who triggered a murder investigation into the death of the British businessman Neil Heywood has been jailed by a Chinese court. Wang Lijun was sentenced to 15 years in jail for what the Chinese authorities called "bending the law for selfish ends, defection, abuse of power and bribe-taking" according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Wang was the police chief of Chongqing city in south west China when Mr Heywood was found dead in a hotel room last November. Initially the authorities said Mr Heywood had died of natural causes, and that would probably have been th... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 24th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 35.6 km (22.1 miles), the quake hit at 02:46:12 UTC Monday 24th September 2012 The epicenter was 58 km (36 miles) East of San Isidro, Philippines No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake ASCENSION ISLAND REGION - 24th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the ASCENSION ISLAND REGION at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 02:01:36 UTC Monday 24th September 2012 The epicenter was 402 km (249 miles) Northeast of Georgetown, Saint Helena No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 24th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck the FIJI REGION at a depth of 431.3 km (268 miles), the quake hit at 01:18:50 UTC Monday 24th September 2012 The epicenter was 71 km (44 miles) ENE of Ndoi Island, Fiji No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 24th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES at a depth of 35.1 km (21.8 miles), the quake hit at 00:27:58 UTC Monday 24th September 2012 The epicenter was 90 km (55 miles) SSE of Pondaguitan, Philippines No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE MARIANA ISLANDS - 23rd September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF THE MARIANA ISLANDS at a depth of 9.8 km (6.1 miles), the quake hit at 23:42:27 UTC Sunday 23rd September 2012 The epicenter was 226 km (140 miles) Southwest of Merizo Village, Guam No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 23rd September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 22:37:28 UTC Sunday 23rd September 2012 The epicenter was 1016 km (631 miles) Northwest of Georgetown, Saint Helena No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake COSTA RICA - 23rd September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck COSTA RICA at a depth of 31.9 km (19.8 miles), the quake hit at 21:35:05 UTC Sunday 23rd September 2012 The epicenter was 33 km (20 miles) West of Santa Cruz, Costa Rica No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Kinky Campaigning

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 22 hours ago
I think Paul Ryan got me mixed up with an escort service. He is really taking all the press puffery about his buff bod way too seriously. This is what he propositioned me with today: Mitt and I will be touring the great state of Ohio on Tuesday and we are looking for some company. Hubba hubba. The only catch is, I have to let him know by midnight tonight whether I'll be available for the three-way. Do you think the wives know, or care? After all, Ann Romney is the one who petulantly suggested we should all get in the ring, because "this is hard." Should I notify the Obama Truth Sq... more »

Where did all the stars go?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 22 hours ago
When was the last time that you viewed a star-studded night sky? In Seoul and other major cities, chances are that you have not seen one for many years. And perhaps you never will. A starry night is becoming like an endangered species here and elsewhere in the developed world, with neon signs, street lights, giant ad screens and decorations on office towers lighting up the night sky. “Light pollution is, perhaps, the fastest-growing pollution these days. What makes it more serious is that not many realize that,” said Lim Jong-min, chief researcher at the Korea Institute for Lightin... more »

Bullshit Mountain

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 1 day ago
Never got around to watching this Jon Stewart segment but this is so true: Totally encapsulates the conservative mindset. [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

Private audiences only for Ann Romney

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 1 day ago
Well it looks like the Mittsters "secret weapon," her royal highness Princess Ann Romney won't be speaking to the press for a while: In Omaha for a closed to the press fundraiser for her husband Friday, Mrs. Romney was supposed to give interviews to several reporters but canceled due to the controversy over her blow up at Republicans on a radio interview, in which she ordered Mitt’s Republican critics to “stop it.” That would be Mrs. Romney's interview with Radio Iowa where she bitched out her dear hubby's GOP critics: “Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring,”... more »

Every State's State/Local Tax System Taxes the Poor More than the Wealthy--And All Exceed Federal Taxes

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 day ago
A new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows that in every state in the country, the bottom 20% of households pay more of their income in state and local taxes than does the top 1%. Washington state was the worst, where the bottom 20% pay a whopping 17.3% of their income in state and local taxes. This was followed by Florida at 13.5% and Illinois at 13.0%. Though the report hints at an exception, a reading of their appendix shows that the only one is the District of Columbia. As the report points out, such high taxation increases the burden of povert... more »

In a second term, can we look for some "real toughness" from the president? Hmm, E.J., I'm not so sure

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Yes, yes, but assuming Willard does go down the tubes, what happens come 2013?* *"If Obama wants to do more than survive, he thus has to fight a bigger and broader campaign that targets not only Romney but also a GOP congressional apparatus that has moved the party far to the right."* *-- E. J. Dionne Jr., in his Monday WaPo column,* "Can this election settle anything?" *by Ken* Funny you should mention that, E.J. I'm guessing you're hearing the same things I am, which is that the White House wants nothing to do with the congressional elections. As I recall, the fear is that such i... more »

Creepy Books to Read in October

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
Halloween may be more than a month out, but it's never too early to start your Halloween book list. After all, you want to make Halloween a month-long affair, not just a one-day frenzy at the end of the month. I'm not much of one to be creeped out, but Halloween just begs to add a little fear in your life. At least with books, I can always stop reading and I'm limited by my own imagination, but when I watch scary shows those images stick in my mind forever. If you're not much of a scary book fan, it can be hard to think of something creepy to read, so I've compiled a quick list of g... more »

Little known facts about me

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 1 day ago
Once I literally bought a tshirt off Abbie Hoffman's back. It's green. It says: My country invaded Nicaragua and all I got was this lousy tshirt. I still have it. Paid eight bucks for it. My only regret is I didn't have him sign it. I had a permanent Sharpie right there in my desk. We talked for a long time. He told me about he time he smoked pot with Mick Jagger. He said it was lousy weed. Afterwards, he tried to take me to his hotel room. I didn't go. [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]


Sophia at American Kabuki - 1 day ago
As we begin our third day, it becomes important that we look at all of the relationships currently in our lives; our physical, daily life contacts. You do not exist in isolation. Even if you live alone, you have a mail carrier, a grocer and a landlord. You have a job and work mates. Each of these counts. It is never true that you can see yourself as One with some of us, but not with others of us. One is a singular mindset. It sort of blows out of the water words like superior, prejudice, privileged, bigotry and segregation. This is not to say those thoughts don’t exist, ... more »

ECONOMICS FOR REAL PEOPLE: Hayek v Keynes, on Why Economies Crash (and How They Grew)

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*"Instead of furthering the inevitable liquidation of the maladjustments brought about by the boom during the last three years, all conceivable means have been used to prevent that readjustment from taking place; and one of these means, which has been repeatedly tried though without success, from the earliest to the most recent stages of depression, has been this deliberate policy of credit expansion. … "To combat the depression by a forced credit expansion is to attempt to cure the evil by the very means which brought it about; because we are suffering from a misdirectio... more »

Sometimes, juxtaposition...

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
...is all the context one needs (click for larger image).

Nunavut man dies in custody

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
A sad event; the facts are not yet known so let's all wait and see before jumping to conclusions: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/09/23/north-nunavut-man-dies-police-custody.html A 26-year-old Igloolik, Nunavut, man died early Sunday morning while in police custody. RCMP say they were called to a house at about 5 a.m. ET and arrested the man for assault. Officers then brought the man to the police station and put him in a cell.  
*(Reuters) - Two Chinese marine surveillance ships entered what Japan considers its territorial waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea on Monday, prompting an official protest from Tokyo amid rising tension between Asia's two biggest economies.* China's Xinhua news agency confirmed that two civilian surveillance ships were undertaking a "rights defence" patrol near the islands, citing the State Oceanic Administration, which controls the ships. Japan's Foreign Ministry said it had lodged an official protest with the Chinese envoy to Japan against the move. Sino-Japanese... more »

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