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Monday, September 24, 2012

24 September - Blogs I'm Following

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Moyers to Expose ALEC - Right Wing Whines!!!!

2old2care at Because I Can - 9 minutes ago
Yes sirree ! ALEC is going to be on TV. Bill Moyers will be doing a special this week on ALEC and introducing the United States to the nastiness known as ALEC. Next Week's Bill Moyer's & Company will feature ALEC. A documentary named The United States of ALEC Yes, sirree!!!! ALEC is going to be on TV AND the right wing is shitting nickels. They have already started the media spin trying to save ALEC’s butt. But – now – the entire United States is going to know about the nastiness known as the ALEC. Now is the time to check you local listings and have an ALEC party. Bring lots ... more »

Homeland Security is Working for Monsanto

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 25 minutes ago
William Kincaid When we see photographs of rats grossly deformed by massive tumors after eating genetically engineered corn laced with Roundup, it's not good news for Monsanto. People understand instantly in looking at those pathetic rats that organic food is not a niche market or a expensive luxury, but a life or death issue, because the rats were fed corn that is part of the American diet. All the studies that were required but bypassed before GMOs were unleashed into the food chain seem compressed into this one devastating study by CRIIGEN. The Monsanto lies are exposed. P... more »

Appeals court rules drivers can be detained indefinitely for paying tolls with large denomination bills

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 44 minutes ago
Madison Ruppert,* Contributor* In one of the more insane rulings recently – the appeals court decision to block the judge’s ruling on the unconstitutionality of the Obama administration’s indefinite detention notwithstanding – a federal appeals court ruled that motorists can, essentially, be held indefinitely at toll booths if they pay the toll with a large denomination bill. The ruling (PDF courtesy of The Newspaper) came down in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, on September 19, 2012 in the case of Chandler v. FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation). The chandl... more »

Willard dumps a phony-baloney 2011 tax return on us, and a 20-year tax fairy tale, and expects us to thank him

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 48 minutes ago
*"It’s time for Mitt Romney to come clean about both his tax returns and plans to increase taxes on the middle class while slashing them even further for the wealthiest Americans."* *-- from ThinkProgress's* "10 Questions: More Questions Than Answers About Romney & Taxes" *by Ken* I was fit to spit when Willard Inc. dumped his brand-new 2011 tax return -- you know, the one with the strange label like it's provisional or something? -- into the legendary Friday news dump. Not so much because of the trick he was trying to use but because indications were that the sleazy slimebag (and... more »

Today in History for September 24th: Birth of F. Scott Fitzgerald And 60 Minutes

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
"Either you think — or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you." - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Lightning does not glide

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 2 hours ago
  This really should end all 'debate' on the F-35. Via MoS.

200 Reasons to Say No to the F-35

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 2 hours ago
There were at least 200-instances since 1988 when CF-18 pilots had to shut one engine down and return to base on the remaining engine. Put another way, the Canadian Air Force had two hundred examples over the past 24-years when, had they been flying the F-35, their aircraft might have been lost. When you're talking a total buy of 65 F-35's Canada proposes, that means running out of air force awfully quickly. Bad for the airplanes, worse yet for the poor buggers flying them. If we have to chip in to save Lockheed Martin from disaster, shouldn't we be telling Washington to get off... more »

What is white and goes RRRRG! RRRRG!?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
A polar bear walking backwards.

Politicians: CIA injects toxins over Sweden

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
AirCrap Chemicals, viruses and heavy metals sprayed out over Sweden – by the CIA and the government. I think the Green Party leader in Vingåker. - We need to get engineers on the aircraft to stop putting in these containers, says Roy Hagberg. Vingåker.Foto: STINA JÄRPERUD / KATRIN HOLMS Courier It was in Thursday’s Katrineholms Courier as politician Roy Hagberg went out with his thesis – which by all established researchers dismissed as mere conspiracy theories. Emit toxic Roy Hagberg had seen a picture in the newspaper under the caption envisioned aircraft exhaust or condensate... more »

In New York, defiant Ahmadinejad says Israel will be "eliminated"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday disregarded a U.N. warning to avoid incendiary rhetoric and declared ahead of the annual General Assembly session that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated." Ahmadinejad also said he did not take seriously the threat that Israel could launch a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, denied sending arms to Syria, and alluded to Iran's threats to the life of British author Salman Rushdie. The United States quickly dismissed the Iranian president's comments as "disgusting, offensive and outrageous."... more »

What’s going on in China?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
What’s going on in China? Well, who the hell knows really. I’d love to hear stories from those who are living there, working there, or who have friends or family there that might throw some light on China right now, right when it’s on the edge of a new, and perhaps the most difficult, period of its post-Mao existence. A period in which the inhabitants of this fragile giant will have to handle, not just a new leader, but a slowdown in their rising prosperity—and maybe even a collapse. How will Chinese people react to their having embraced western prosperity, and it seemingly reje... more »

Analysis shows Fox News, Wall Street Journal’s opinion pages heavily misrepresent climate science

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 4 hours ago
[image: Left: Misleading vs. accurate coverage of climate science on Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal, February to July 2012. Right: Accurate vs. misleading coverage of climate science in the Wall Street Journal opinion section, August 2011 to July 2012. Graphic by Grist with data from the Union of Concerned Scientists] NEW YORK, 21 September 2012 – The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is calling on News Corporation to improve the representation of climate science on two of its prominent media holdings, Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal’s opinion section,... more »

Grouplove - Colours [On A Rooftop]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago

Saving Social Security From Rep. Privatizing Ryan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Herbert Hoover (r) & Calvin Coolidge (center), 2 of the worst presidents in history On Saturday, while looking at the reasons why elderly AARP delegates who continuously and vehemently booed Wall Street's vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, we referenced some advice from Alan Grayson on the old tropes the Republican Party has rolled out again about Social Security: (1) Don't believe them. (2) Defeat them. He pointed out that his opponent, Paul Ryan wannabe Todd Long, "doesn't want to save Social Security; he wants to destroy it... He says that Social Security is unconstitutiona... more »

Sarah Silverman gets out the vote

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
Not a huge fan of Sarah Silverman but this video she made is just terrific. Needless to say NSFW -- much dropping of the F bomb. [via Balloon Juice] [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

Is there a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) crisis?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
It is not clear that there is a STEM shortage, Some analysts, in fact, have claimed that there is a surplus of STEM-trained professionals (Teitelbaum, 2007; Toppo and Vergano, 2009; Bracey, 2009.) A report of the World Economic Federation (Schwab, 2012) confirms that there is no crisis. The US ranks near the top of the world on all categories related to STEM education and availability of expertise: According to the World Economic Federation, the US ranks 5th out of 144 countries in "availability of scientists & engineers," is tied for 5th in "quality of scientific research institut... more »

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
One for Sarah Kliff for some very nice ACA reporting. She went to a McDonald's, where calories per item are now listed, and asked what people thought about it. Key bit: I did find one customer who had noticed the calorie labels: Dick Nigon of Sterling, Va. He and his wife, Lea, had stopped by McDonald’s after seeing an exhibit at the Renwick Gallery. Dick had ordered for the couple, noticed the calorie labels and liked them. “I like that you have the information before you order,” he told me, when I asked about the labels. “It’s better than some kind of government health mandate in... more »

Breathe, We are One

Sophia at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
Hello! Today marks the halfway moment on this Quest. You are “Just as far in as you’ll ever be out.” (Anna Nalick – Breathe) What does that mean? It means we have a choice. Right now. We can still go either direction, and with equal effort get where we are headed. We know what going back to duality looks like. What will it take to get to Oneness? To proceed from here on you must be willing to see through the illusion. We have a saying in our house, you have to “buy the rubber suit”; a reference to the old Godzilla movies, where you could actually pick out the zipper ... more » 

People's hope for prescription drugs goes up in flames

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 6 hours ago
Medicines burn at the dump in Santa Barbara A tragedy played out late last week at the garbage dump in Santa Barbara, Honduras, where three big truckloads carrying tons of expired pharmaceutical drugs were burned. This comes less than a month after another story in the Honduran media about publicly funded prescription drugs valued at almost 13 million lempiras - $660,000 - being thrown out during 2010-11 due to expiration even while countless sick, poor Hondurans waited in vain for the medicines they'd been prescribed but couldn't afford. You only have to contract dengue fever once t... more »

Woodworth's Wank: Update for Sept. 24/12

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 6 hours ago
To no one's surprise, Arch Abortion Foe and 44-Year-Old Virgin, Jason Kenney, is in favour of Woodworth's Wank. But today's news is that he, as a Cabinet Member in the government that swore up and down it would ^NOT reopen the abortion debate, is going to vote in favour of it. Hm. Does that mean he is ^NOT a member of the government? Or that the government is ^NOT opposed to reopening the abortion debate? Inquiring minds want to know. . . In related news, via @canadiancynic, we offer this fabulous video. The vote will be held Wednesday, September 26, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. All it n... more »

Chicken Manure at Center of Delaware Lawsuit

By:Duane Craig Chicken manure has caused an environmental group interested in preserving the waters of Delaware’s bays to file a lawsuit against a farmer and Perdue Farms, according to this article. The charge is that the chicken manure from operations seep into local waterways, eventually reaching Chesapeake Bay. But a recent motion by lawyers for the defendants requests the members of the court to visit the operations which are more than 120 miles from the courthouse. The plaintiffs claim that visiting the site would be arduous because of its distance and that conditions could h... more »

Nobody’s Fault

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
A fine (but sad) poem by my friend Len Libman: * * * * He screamed, she screamed You bitch, you bastard The children huddled under the stairs. He swung, she swung He punched, she slapped The children huddled under the stairs. He pointed a finger, she pointed a finger It's your fault, you're to blame The children huddled under the stairs. He stabbed, she fired He killed, she killed The children huddled under the stairs. No one moved, there was a sigh The house was silent The children came out from under the stairs.

Shocker: President Obama Tells The Truth About Israel's Anti-Iran Propaganda On 60 Minutes

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
In an interview on CBS's "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday, September 23, President Obama correctly described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's endless chatter about Iran as "noise." At the same time, the Obama administration took the MEK off the U.S. terror list, a bizarre move that has been criticized by pro-peace activists in America and Iran. The MEK is widely acknowledged as a *terrorist cult* that has no legitimacy in Iran because it sided with Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran in the 1980s. Read Glenn Greenwald's article about the U.S. getting in bed with the M... more »

A Quick Note on the Necessity of Spin

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 7 hours ago
No, Jimmy Carter didn't really lead Ronald Reagan for most of the 1980 campaign, only to have Reagan suddenly surge from behind at the last minute (John Sides really took care of this a while ago). But, you know, what's a campaign behind in the polls supposed to do? Of course they're going to find some historical evidence, no matter how dubious, to show that everything is going exactly as they want it to be. And they better do that; it would be irresponsible not to. After all, for a candidate who is not all that far behind but would need some external shock to change things (which i... more »

“Shooting down the planes is not an option!” Vice President Biden explodes. “Tell Bibi the president of the United States wants to talk to him now!”

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 7 hours ago
By Karim Sadjadpour and Blake Hounshell, September 23, 2012 "Washington Post" -- September 21, 2012 - For months, Israel has threatened to strike Iran’s nuclear sites. The United States has urged restraint. If such an operation were launched, how might Washington react? President Obama is enjoying a quiet dinner with Michelle, Sasha and Malia at the White House residence on a Thursday evening in October when he gets the call. Two dozen Israeli fighter jets have just entered Jordanian airspace, apparently en route to Iran, chief of staff Jack Lew tells him. They will enter Iranian ai... more »

Jason Kenney, creep

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
Via Dawg, I learn the following: An email extolling the Conservative government’s record on gay rights has some recipients wondering how Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney knows their sexual orientation. The email from Kenney’s MP’s office sent Friday trumpets the Conservative government’s initiative to help and gay and lesbian refugees, particularly in Iran. What other

Jeremy Bowen's Rosh Hashonah Twitter Q&A

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
I've just been checking my records and I found that I never received an acknowledgement of my complain from the BBC re this matter. This matter is something that I feel really deeply about so I have lodged another complaint, just in case the BBC have 'lost' the original. Your Complaint Type of complaint: BBC News (TV Radio Online) What is your complaint about: BBC News Online URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19601920 Complaint category: Bias Contacted us before: Yes Reason for contacting us again: Haven't received a response yet Reference: Complaint title: Jeremy Bow... more »

The Middle East and Africa on edge- Resumed and Concluded

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
This has now turned into that long rambling post I warned you about earlier. There is simply so much going on, all over the place, it is overwhelming and begs coverage. So here it all is! *Still reading up on Libya.* The brigade the CIA is pointing fingers at for the attack on the consulate is a US proxy fighting group, as far as I can tell. This group fought to overthrow and murder Gadaffi on behalf of US/NATO. The group I am speaking of is Ansar al-Sharia and it's leader has been making the mainstream media rounds in the West, oddly enough? Then we allegedly have Libyan citizens... more »

William C. Chittick: "The Recovery of Human Nature"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*William C. Chittick - The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi*. *Wikipedia:* William C. Chittick is a leading translator and interpreter of classical Islamic philosophical and mystical texts. He is best known for his groundbreaking work on Rumi and Ibn 'Arabi, and has written extensively on the school of Ibn 'Arabi, Islamic philosophy, Shi'ism, and Islamic cosmology. Born in Milford Connecticut, Chittick finished his BA at the College of Wooster in Ohio, and then went on to complete a PhD in Persian literature at Tehran University under the supervision of Seyyed Hossein Nasr in 1974. He tau... more »

World's Best Homemade Play-Doh

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 8 hours ago
My little girl has an obsession with Play-doh. Play-doh isn't my favorite thing in the world, but my mom has been feeding her obsession. She is still young and likes to mix the colors, but then she doesn't want to play with the mixed up blob, in order to not go broke from buying new colors, I dusted off our tried and true family favorite. This recipe does require a stove, but the play-doh comes together so nicely I think it is worth it! You will need: 2 cups of flour 1 cup of salt 1 teaspoon cream of tarter 2 tablespoons oil 1 teaspoon food coloring 2 cups water I used to... more »

Reinventing Collapse

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 8 hours ago
Dmitry Orlov grew up in the Soviet Union (USSR), before it collapsed and was reborn as the Russian Federation. In the mid-’70s he moved to the US. On extended visits to his Leningrad home, he directly observed the unpleasant process of a powerful empire collapsing. On later visits he observed how the Russians had adjusted to living in a post-empire society. It’s very clear to him that America is also a rotting powerful empire — socially, politically, economically. We spend far too much on the military, our debt levels defy the imagination, Peak Cheap Energy is behind us, and bi... more »

What Is Countrywide, Why Is It A Scandal And Why Should Buck McKeon Face Justice?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Yesterday, in a post about the injustice inherent in a lack of accountability for Florida Congressman David Rivera's crime spree, I decided to dip into some research I had already been doing for this post on Buck McKeon and his own lack of accountability for his own crime spree. The research was just some reading by Chris Hayes from his new book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy and I decided that I would use it yesterday and, to be fair, include a little something about McKeon in the Rivera post. The two might wind up being cellies in a future episode of *Lock-Up... more »

U.S. poised to hand over $197 million to another solar panel start-up......Sssh! Don't Mention Solyndra

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*(Reuters) - A tiny solar company named SoloPower will flip the switch on production at a U.S. factory Thursday, a major step toward allowing it to tap a $197 million government loan guarantee awarded under the same controversial program that supported failed panel maker Solyndra.* SoloPower has initiated a strategy to differentiate it from struggling commodity players in the solar panel industry. Still, there are several similarities between SoloPower and Solyndra - which became a lightning rod in the U.S. Presidential campaign this year after taking in more than $500 million in g... more »

Ahmadinejad says Iran ready to defend against Israeli attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Iran does not take seriously Israeli threats of attack, but is prepared to defend itself, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday, while saying that Israel has "no roots" in the history of the Middle East and would be "eliminated."* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted Israel could strike Iran's nuclear sites and has criticized U.S. President Barack Obama's position that sanctions and diplomacy should be given more time to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Iran denies that it is seeking nuclear arms and says its atomic work is peac... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA - 24th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA at a depth of 60 km (37.2 miles), the quake hit at 14:39:56 UTC Monday 24th September 2012 The epicenter was 17 km (10.5 miles) Northeast of Yelizovo, Kamchatka No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

An Interesting Number

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 9 hours ago
Polls at this point aren't much of a harbinger of anything. But a new poll by Abacus Data puts Stephen Harper's negative numbers at 50%. One out of every two Canadians disapprove of the prime minister. And the Conservatives and the New Democrats are tied, each with 35% support. What is even more interesting is the geographical breakdown of that support: The Conservatives also held a wide lead in Alberta, though with the NDP at 29 per cent the race is far closer than is usually the case. For their part, the New Democrats held a statistically significant lead in Atlantic Canada wit... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
Governments... love child abuse... No other criminal activity... gives such control over those who commit it. - Ex Senator STUART SYVRET In the UK, gangs have been providing certain Moslems with kids for sex. The government authorities appear to have been protecting these child sex-abuse gangs. *British Moslems* The UK Moslems involved in the child-sex abuse are originally from countries which are of interest to the UK security services - Iraq, Kosovo, Kurdistan and Pakistan. Might the UK security services have recruited UK Moslems to fight in Iraq, Kosovo, Pakistan, Libya... more » 

The benefit of being very light in weight

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
The diving squirrel...

San Francisco: Retire Columbus Day

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
*Retire Columbus Day* *By United Native Americans* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com * * INDIGENOUS DAY OF RESISTANCE INDIGENOUS RIGHTS RALLY & MARCH to Decolonize the World on the Truth of Christoper Columbus and his Insidious Hate Crimes he Committed Against the Indigenous Peoples of The Americas Known as Turtle Island. Our Peaceful March will begin from foot of Jefferson and Stockton Streets located near Fisherman's Wharf to Coit Tower Rally in Front of the Columbus Statue Sunday, October 7th, 2012 From 10:00 am -1:00 pm Press Conference from Noon to 1:00pm at Coi... more »

Drought and Climate Change

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 9 hours ago
The amount of nonsense in public debate on extreme events and climate changeremains at a high level. This is great news for me because it provides plenty of opportunities to discuss what the actual science says and how we think we know what we know. As I have long argued, accurate representations of the state of science of extremes is far more important as a matter of scientific integrity than to the hyper-politiczed debate over climate change. Put another way, it is highly unlikely that misrepresentations of the state of science will do much to move action on energy policies, but ... more »

may good befall all

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago

Early Voting and Polls/Predictors

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
I put this up on twitter, but I might as well write a post about it: I feel that there's pretty good information out there about the rules and extent of early voting (see Michael McDonald's excellent work tracking voting-so-far, plus follow links to his other work on this), but a lot less about how the various public opinion polls handle early voting and how the various predictor models out there that are primarily based on polls handle it. Or maybe it's out there and I just haven't seen it. But for example Nate Silver today, in a very nice state-of-the-race post, noted in a short ... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 10 hours ago
------------------------------ * the**REALnews Permalink* September 23, 2012** *Michael Hudson: QE3 Another Fed Give Away to the Banks * Shoveling money to the banks not meant to create jobs, it’s a way to give banks even more speculative capital and prepare them for another meltdown More at The Real News *Bio* Michael Hudson is a Wall Street Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and author of Super-Imperialism: The Economic Strategy ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 10 hours ago
*Let's Point Fingers ~Who Dat Indig-Nation* **


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 10 hours ago
------------------------------ *David Stockman on Federal Reserve Arrogance and Monetary Mission Creep! * http://youtu.be/6QBiaq9OBgc Published on Sep 21, 2012 by CapitalAccount Follow us @ http://twitter.com/laurenlyster http://twitter.com/coveringdelta Welcome to Capital Account. Now that the Fed has announced QE3 and Japan announced QE 8, Brazil is threatening defensive measures and bringing talk of Currency wars back, according to multiple press reports. Brazil's finance minister coined the term 'Currency Wars' two years ago as governments battled to lower exchange rate... more »

Tipping the Balance of Power: How to really change the world - and it's easier than you think

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci, *Contributor* *Democracy is a Form of Oppression * The modern concept of "democracy" is perhaps the most effective form of human oppression ever devised. It has singlehandedly convinced billions of people around the world that if only they cast their vote at each election, struggle behind their favorite politicians and pet political causes, they can change the world. And as each side of any given political paradigms struggles against each other, a singular agenda continues to march forth, one above and beyond "democracy" and the strategies of tension we've all be... more »

Why Economist Erin Weir Plays A Critical Role In The Sask NDP Leadership Race

leftdog at Buckdog - 10 hours ago
*Cruising, as I do, through my favorite Canadian political blogs, I came across the following comment on a post at 'Accidental Deliberations'. The post concerned the campaign to select the next leader of the Saskatchewan wing of the New Democratic Party. If you have any interest in the race, it's mandatory reading:* * **Greg: * *At this point, Trent Wotherspoon is clearly the front-runner...by virtue of merely *looking* like a leader. In Toronto, we are unbelievably honest about these things. Mayor David Miller successfully stormed into office using campaign posters which shameless... more »

‘Kangnam Style’s Irony is Missed b/c of the Publicity Wave

Robert E Kelly at The Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
yeah, it’s pretty hysterical, especially when you get the underlying social critique I try to avoid K-pop on my website, because I find far too many foreigner websites in Korea focus on the silliest, shallowest elements of what is around us – probably because the language is so hard, Korean pop culture is the easiest for us to understand. But I keep getting asked, and it is huge hit, so here a few thoughts: 1. Thank god ‘Kangnam Style’ shows a level of irony, self-awareness, humor, and creativity that K-pop normally lacks. That alone is enough to value it, given how shallow, idiot... more »

How to Cleanse Your Body with 4 Natural and Free Detox Methods

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Elizabeth Renter Detoxifying your body is a way to rid it of both physical and mental/spiritual toxins. But, you don’t have to pay big bucks for ingredients to a crazy tea or supplement; you don’t even need to go on a special diet (assuming you already eat whole, natural foods). If you want to know how to cleanse your body using simple techniques, here are 4 simple and nearly free detox methods you can use everyday, and they only take a few minutes. Carolanne Wright, writing for NaturalNews, suggests that these 3 solutions are a “magical trio” of affordable and simple detox too... more »

The A.I. Thought Police

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
image source Julie Beal, *Contributor* We know we’re being surveilled in the matrix: AI Law, empowered by algorithms, feasts on Twittered hate crimes and the like to try to predict crime. We are leaving virtual trails of data which are used to feed simulation models, for predictive analytics – but we can still opt out, throw away our phones, disconnect. There is still some control over what they take from us. But AI Thought Police wants more – to climb into our minds, understand our physical make-up, really get to know us. We are all under suspicion, but AI needs to know which one... more »

Charter Advocacy Misses Point, Misleads

P. L. Thomas at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
In an Op-Ed focusing on how the Chicago teachers' strike is relevant to SC education concerns, I offered one point that included a caution about committing to charter schools in our state: If we want to hold our schools and teachers accountable for the best education we can offer to all children regardless of their backgrounds, we must reject top-down education policy created by political leaders with no experience or expertise in education — notably rejecting Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluations linked to test scores, the expansion of charter schools and the hiring of T... more »

Should we stop encouraging home ownership?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Home ownership is often connected to the notion of living the "American dream." But it is as much a part of Canadian identity as it is in the U.S. Indeed, statistics show that the percentage of home ownership in Canada is edging close to 70 per cent, which is actually higher than the ratio south of the border at the moment – 65.4 per cent, a 15-year low, according to the most recent data. Many economists believe the Canadian government has played an active role in spurring home ownership, particularly by forming the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation back in 1946. Primarily se... more »


Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 11 hours ago
Prometheus titan statue at Rockefeller Center in New York City. PROMETHEUS & THE LONDON OLYMPICS I don't really know what got me started down this 'conspiracy path'; it could have been the news that Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" was 'rushed through production' to ensure a summer 2012 release date (after stalling several times before) and the very tragic and determined death of Tony Scott and maybe that it's more symbolic a story than we usually get in supposedly-non-Communist (big C) western cinema. But, in the same way that Prometheus presents obvious and glaring visual references to... more »

Simulated Cybersecurity Threats That Pave the Way for Internet Restrictions

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Susanne Posel, *Contributor* Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, spoke to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting this week and confirmed that the Obama administration is circumventing Congress and drafting an “inter-agency process” which is “close to completion depending on a few issues that need to be resolved at the highest levels.” John Brennan, assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has planted the conce... more »

ACLU Sues CIA Over Drone Killings

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Stephen Lendman, *Contributor* Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been around since the Vietnam era. They were used as reconnaissance platforms. In the 1980s, Harpy air defense suppression system radar killer drones were employed. In the Gulf War, unmanned combat air systems (UCAS) and X-45 air vehicles were used. Others were deployed in Bosnia in 1995 and against Serbia in 1999. America's new weapon of choice is now commonplace in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, elsewhere abroad, and domestically for law enforcement and surveillance. Escalated domestic and... more »

FDA Looking to Ban B6 Supplements, Give Boost to Big Pharma

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Elizabeth Renter Vitamin B6, naturally present in a variety of foods, is necessary for proper nerve function, protein synthesis, regulating blood sugar, and producing antibodies and hemoglobin. In other words, it’s pretty important stuff. But, while many people get their B6 through supplements, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking to make things a lot more difficult—by slowly *taking all forms of B6 supplements off the market so Big Pharma can make millions off of prescriptions instead.* According to the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), the FDA has already begun t... more »

Our journalists love their favorite tales!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012* *Like Pepperidge Farm, Harwood remembers:* We don’t expect to post tomorrow. While we’re away, why not treat yourself to a review of John Harwood’s favorite stories? In last Friday’s New York Times, Harwood connected Mitt Romney’s remarks about the 47 percent to Candidate Blunders of the past. This allowed the scribe to recall his favorite candidate stories. Harwood lists his top ten candidate blunders, dating to the 1968 campaign. A few quick reactions: *Instant editing:* We were struck by the way Harwood shortens some of the allegedly horrible candi... more » 

The Queen of Corporate-Fascist Faux "Democracy"

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
*Aung San Suu Kyi Goes to Washington - exposes US "democracy promotion" as corporate-fascist racket. * Tony Cartalucci, *Contributor* *Key Points* - Aung San Suu Kyi and her movement are creations of Western corporate-financier interests. - Suu Kyi has recently received a series of suspect "awards" from corporate-financier sponsored institutions. - Awarding institutions represent the antithesis of Suu Kyi's alleged ideals of "democracy," "freedom," and "human rights." - Suu Kyi's movement has been recently exposed as genocidal bigots, which is perha... more »

Links / Open Thread

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Holy Ratched! Chris Hedges likens the two presidential candidates to nasty nurses forcing noxious medicine down our throats in behalf of Austerity Asylum, Inc. He tells us how we are doomed in his uniquely brilliant way -- profound depression is countered with a healthy dose of anger. Like Randle McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" we won't stop fighting until the lobotomizer strikes. From the latest Hedges column: You are, by playing your assigned role as the Democratic or Republican voter in this political theater, giving legitimacy to a corporate agenda that means your ... more »

Will The GMO-Breast Cancer Link Be Pink-Washed Away?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Sayer Ji, *Contributor* With Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) less than two weeks away, the latest bombshell GMO/Roundup study produced by a French research team, and presently making international headlines, is well-timed. The researchers found, in the first long-term GM corn and Roundup feeding study of its kind, that female rats, exposed to concentrations well below official safety limits, developed massive, progressive mammary tumors which either lead to premature death, or required euthanasia due to their great suffering. Why would this be of concern to BCAM? After all... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*Drew Brees: ''Abysmal'' second half ~WWL* *Fundraiser to be held for injured Tulane player Devon Walker* *The Advocate to publish special N.O. edition starting Oct. 1*~Hat Tweet~*The Advocate* ‏@*theadvocatebr* Media: The Advocate's New Orleans Edition Kickoff Party/News Conference starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Rock n Bowl, 3000 South Carrollton Ave. *Post-Isaac Survey* *FEMA OKs $11M in Isaac disaster recovery in MS ~WDSU* *Family dog missing since Katrina to return home to Louisiana* *Pints for the pets ~Ian McNulty, Gambit* *Folsom Butterflies ~WWNO* *Check Out Our New EAT Page... more »

Ten Ways Corporate Food Is Threatening Our Food Supplies by Juan Cole

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 12 hours ago
Ten Ways Corporate Food Is Threatening Our Food Supplies by Juan Cole Informed Comment, 23 September 2012 While it is much better than the fascisms of the Right and the Left, one of the big drawbacks of corporate democracy is that the people are often outgunned. Large corporations account for half of the national economy and pay more for lobbyists to write and pass laws in Congress favorable to themselves than they do in Federal taxes. The way in which the Congressional committees that are supposed to watch certain industries actually become beholden to them is called ‘legisla... more »


bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012* *Misconceptions to date:* We’re off on a (one-day) mission of national import. For today, let’s review some of the basics from our ongoing series: In fairness to Gail Collins, she may not have known some basic facts when she wrote her unfortunate new book, As Texas Goes. She may not have known that you have to be careful when you quote Diane Ravitch. She may not have known that the Texas public schools, on a statewide basis, were among the nation’s highest performers as of the mid-1990s. She may not have known that the Texas schools are still among our... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Kenneth Tigar, 70. Cheers (twice)? Star Trek (twice)? Whedon connection? That'll do it. So how about some good stuff: 1. I mostly agree with Josh Marshall's reader here, although Marshall makes a good point about what appears to have been in the heads of Team Romney. If the fundamentals really are playing in favor of the president, there's probably not a lot that Romney can do about it...but if it's close, then misunderstanding the fundamentals may hurt their ability to frame it the best way, and that could -- again, if it's close -- make some difference. 2. Lynn ... more »

A Letter From Edgar Schmidt

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 12 hours ago
And the back-peddling begins as the Edmonton Public School Board reviews its idiotic "no zero" policy. My inner cynic thinks if it weren't for the fact that a long-serving dedicated physics teacher hadn't had the guts to call these clowns out, this issue would have been swept quietly under the rug. Schmidt sent a letter to parents in a pathetic attempt at reassurance. After the feel-good language claiming to "[provide a] safe, caring and respectful learning environment", Schmidt cuts right to the chase. *We expect students to do their work. When students don't do their work, we h... more »

Yeah, Yeah... The End Of The Quarter Approacheth, And...

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Next week you'll probably get dozens of e-mails from candidates and committees breathlessly telling you how the world is ending-- I mean how the quarter is ending. ONLY 7 DAYS LEFT IN THE QUARTER! ONLY 40-SOMETHING LEFT 'TIL THE ELECTION! We usually don't like sending e-mails like that. It's a manufactured date meaningless to anyone lucky enough to be living in America instead of Inside-the-Beltway, a manufactured arbitrary date that is about FEC reporting schedules. I go out of my way to make contributions based on something else other than accountants' arbitrary schedules. Like ... more »

SM Welcomes Douglas Storm

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Douglas Storm has an MAT from Washington University in St. Louis, and he is certified as an Advanced Practitioner of English/Language Arts grades 5-12 in the state of Indiana. He has two boys (10 and nearly-13), and about 5 years ago he came to understand that he is much more of an aural learner than he was previously aware: "We live in Bloomington, IN, moving here because we thought it would be fun to live in a college town that is both "small" and "cosmopolitan." And I have never been so instructed in reading by a book than I have been by Moby Dick." Welcome, Doug.

Strange Glitches in the Sky Matrix

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
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