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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

25 September - Blogs I'm Following

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At This Point, The Syrian Government Is More Popular Than European Governments

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 minutes ago
The dictatorial Spanish government is using violence against the Spanish people and crushing their demands for reform, freedom, and justice. Will the "international community" intervene in Spain to stop this oppression? Will Western governments demand the end of the violence against peaceful protests in Spain? Will President Obama get on his high horse and spout nonsense about dropping bombs on the Spanish government in order to defend "human rights" and "democracy"? Will the U.S. media cry "Murder! Murder!" and demand a humanitarian intervention in Spain? Will the progressives ... more »

Is A False Fa

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 minutes ago

Manufactured Fear - 15 minutes that will change your life

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 9 minutes ago
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Event Calls For Cultural Shift In News Media

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 13 minutes ago
The Good News for the Media panel (L-R): Martyn Lewis, Seán Dagan Wood, Jeremy Wickremer and Jodie Jackson * * *Event calls for cultural shift in news media* Journalists and members of the public came together in London on Wednesday to debate the need for more good news in the media. Kathleen Cassidy reviews the event A landmark meeting of citizens, journalists and advocates of positive news took place at the British Museum on Wednesday, reflecting an increasing demand for a more realistic balance of good and bad news. The Good News for the Media event, on 19 September 2012,... more »

One question, Richard Cohen: Did Republicans really WANT a better candidate than the 2012 field offered them?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 22 minutes ago
*Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker -- now that's talent?* *"None of these candidates [i.e., the 2012 Republican presidential field] were remotely qualified for the highest office in the land. Arguably, Romney was the exception -- and that’s the whole point. He won just by showing up."* *-- Richard Cohen, in his WaPo column today,* "The Republican brain drain" *by Ken* Before we proceed with today's lesson from Brother Richard Cohen, several caveats: * About Richard Cohen himself, it's the usual: Although he normally seems to me a Village hack, he hasn't lost all his marbl... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Stargate Gaia has become “Star Gaia”

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 46 minutes ago
*Stargate Gaia has become “Star Gaia”* September 25, 2012 We are Seeing Beings of Great Stature… Tall, standing in strength, hands together, on a Grand Sphere of Light. We have not seen this until this moment. We are seeing it now. The Sphere is Gaia. The Beings of Great Stature are Awakened Hue-manity. Illuminescence of Gaia has tripled since the 9-9 Portal. We speak of the Inner Illuminescence, which many may also have awareness of in the so-called outer. “Gaia” became “Stargate Gaia” as of the 9-9. As of this moment, “Stargate Gaia” has become “Star Gaia”. Fullness of Il... more »

don quijote

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago

How to Get A Higher SAT Score: Get Wealthier Parents

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 hour ago
From WaPo. Also see Valerie Strauss's blog post here.

Elsewhere, and Housekeeping

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
Over at PP today, I did a bit of evening out; I've been mostly hitting Republicans for ignoring reasonable expectations for the election this cycle, but this time I was able to take a shot at a Democrat who is doing the same thing. Of course, the incentives are if anything even stronger for Democrats: if they believe that the economy should make Obama a big loser, then they can believe, as Robert Reich does in the piece I quote over there, that Americans have suddenly woken up and become convinced that Democrats are correct about everything and Republicans are wrong about everything... more »

Harry Targ : The 'Unfinished Revolution' of the Emancipation Proclamation

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
Emancipation from Freedmen's viewpoint. Illustration from Harper's Weekly, 1865. Image from Wikimedia Commons. The Emancipation Proclamation: The 'Unfinished Revolution' The candidacy of President Obama in 2012 offers a continuation of the struggle for political rights against the most sustained racist assaults by neoliberals, conservatives, and tea party activists since the days of

BOOKS / Lamar W. Hankins : America's 'Gunfight' over Gun Control

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
Gunfights: America’s conflicts over gun control Winkler’s research demonstrates clearly that Americans have always had the right to bear arms and the government has always had the right to regulate guns. By Lamar W. Hankins /The Rag Blog / September 25, 2012 [Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America by Adam Winkler (2011: W.W. Norton & Company); 361 pp.; $27.95.]

Texans lockdown again to halt Keystone tarsands pipeline

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
BREAKING: Day 2–Two People Lock Themselves to Keystone XL Machinery to Defend Eight People in Tree Village *Day Two: Blockaders Stop All Work At Keystone XL Construction Site* *All work has been halted at a Keystone XL construction site outside Winnsboro, Texas. Two Texas-born blockaders have locked themselves to construction machinery, effectively halting all construction until further notice. * ** *By Global Justice Ecology Project* *Climate Connections* http://climate-connections.org/2012/09/25/breaking-day-2-two-people-lock-themselves-to-keystone-xl-machinery-to-defend-eight-peopl... more »

FSA Terrorists = Scum of The Earth

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
YouTube video description [Channel - Eretz Zen]: The Wahhabi Salafi "Free Syrian Army" (FSA) terrorists believe that stealing is OK. One of their countless acts of robbing civilians' homes and stores was caught on tape by a security camera placed inside a convenience store in Yabroud, Syria. FSA Terrorists Caught Robbing Convenience Store on Security Camera

The 1980s: A Distant, Distant Era

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 3 hours ago
I don't have time before sunset to do a proper takedown of Marc Theissen's incredibly weak defense of his idea that it's very, very, important that Barack Obama mostly uses written instead of oral daily security briefings, following fact-checker Glenn Kessler's thorough demolishing of the Theissen's original piece, which has been updated to reflect the latest from Theissen. Kessler was, shall we say, not impressed. Nor was Alex Pareene. See, the problem for Theissen is that it turns out that most presidents preferred written to oral briefings, including Ronald Reagan. Which is a bit... more »

Appellant review of discretionary decisions

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 3 hours ago
Hinke v. Thermal Energy International Inc., 2012 ONCA 635 provides: [31] Absent a conclusion that the motion judge was clearly wrong or made an error in law, this court will not interfere with a discretionary decision: *R. v. Chiasson*, 2009 ONCA 789, 258 O.A.C. 50. 

Inside China, with Russell Watkins

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[image: image] [image: image]*After my request yesterday for inside information on China, and the protests ostensibly about the nationality of those rocks in the picture above, I spoke to Russell Watkins (right) who’s spent the last few years living there. Unlike others there who might be afraid to speak out, Russell doesn’t h0ld back. “I've discovered that criticism is okay,” he says, “as long as you don't do it with others in groups of more than the authorities consider dangerous.”* *Here’s our interview:* *Q: How long have you been there now?* I've been here almost two year... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Saints Alone: Fighting Roger Goodell’s Illegitimate Dystopia ~Black and Gold Review*

UK: Hundreds of homes flooded as downpours continue

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*More than 300 homes have been flooded and train services disrupted as heavy rain continues across parts of the UK.* Hundreds of people are facing a night in temporary accommodation as 80 Environment Agency flood warnings remain in place. Some areas were expected to see 50mm (2in) of rain - an average fortnight's worth - in a day, the Met Office said. Transport was disrupted with part of the A1 closed in North Yorkshire and the East Coast mainline hit. More than 100 vehicles were trapped on a 30-mile stretch of the A1 between junction 49 (Dishforth) and junction 60 (Bradbury), whi... more »

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 25th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck the SOLOMON ISLANDS at a depth of 27.5 km (17.1 miles), the quake hit at 19:42:32 UTC Tuesday 25th September 2012 The epicenter was 39 km (24 miles) SSW from HONIARA, Solomon Islands No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Saudi Poet: Saudi Arabia Insults the Prophet Muhammad on a Daily Basis

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
YouTube video description: "Although this footage is from late 2010 regarding the Danish cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad negatively, it is very relevant to the recent "Innocence of Muslims" movie and the French cartoons in Charlie Hebdo. The poet says plainly that Wahhabi version of Islam is responsible for insulting the prophet Muhammad as well as the antagonistic behavior displayed by those adhering to Wahhabism, such as those protesting those cartoons."

DCCC Targeting And Expediture Strategies Just Do Not Add Up

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Chances are slim that you saw Shira Toeplitz's *Roll Call* post yesterday, Triage Looms Over Campaigns. Pure Beltway hackishness... from someone who can do better. The idea is that the all-knowing and all-powerful heads of the NRCC and DCCC take on their shoulders the onerous task of deciding who's going to win and who's going to lose and then make the tough decisions about who to back financially. Like so much of *Roll Call* it sounds like it was put together by the publicists of the DCCC and NRCC. Very large sums of money are already being allocated and reallocated but, according... more »

Spain - patience is running out?

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 4 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/CDcRpCHfRgs These images keep me wondering... To my opinion either everybody in Spain for the time of 365 days firmly joins and backs minister-president *Mariano Rajoy* and his governing team to have them complete the overhaul of the Spanish State institutions and banks, modernizing Spain. Or alternatively join Greece and create a huge politico-economic mess with loss of much precious time to bring the house in order once and for all. That is at stake. The sooner the groundwork is laid, corruption and over-spending dealt with, lean institutions established tha... more »

Woz Exiting US for Australia (Can You Empathize?)

Not exactly hard to understand, is it? Apple Co-Founder Wants to Be Australian Citizen CNBC Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, would like to become an Australian citizen, The Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday, citing the rollout of Australia's national broadband network as one of the reasons for the move. Steve Wozniak The idea behind Australia's $38 billion National

Israeli Lobbyist Proposing Covert Actions to "Get the U.S. Into War with Iran"

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
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Finance Minister Jim Flaherty BEGS Corporate Sector To Create Some Jobs With The BILLIONS In Tax Cuts They Have Received

leftdog at Buckdog - 5 hours ago
*Is Finance Minister Jim Flaherty about to discover one of the most fatal flaws in Conservative Party ideology?* *Those not afflicted with rabid conservatism know that the flaw is giving billions in no strings attached corporate tax cuts AND ASSUMING that these will equate into the creation of new jobs for Canada's economy. * *Finance Minister Jim Flaherty sounds like he is flogging a dead horse and is leaving job creation up to his corporate brethren: * *“Our country’s long-term prosperity is linked to reaching beyond our borders for economic opportunities that serve to grow Cana... more »

Fear of Engagement

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 5 hours ago
As it turns out, there is no reason to fear engagement. We are not destroyed when patients suffer or die, but rather deepened, becoming better able to open ourselves to the complex lives of the distressed and infirm next time around. Over time, there comes a natural but mysterious adjustment toward equanimity, in which we can hold onto both worlds, that of safety and that of danger, simultaneously, without calamity. David Watts, M.D. New England Journal of Medicine September 27, 2012

Economics Teaching Conference

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 5 hours ago
You can still register for the economics teaching conference on November 8 and 9 in Orlando, Florida. Early bird registration is open until October 10. Click here for more information. FYI, I am among the keynote speakers.

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 25th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck TONGA at a depth of 29 km (18 miles), the quake hit at 18:33:05 UTC Tuesday 25th September 2012 The epicenter was 94 km (59 miles) East from NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

'US drone attacks are counter-productive and terrorise civilians'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Civilians are being "terrorised" 24 hours a day by CIA drone attacks that target mainly low-level militants in north-west Pakistan, a report by Stanford and New York Universities says.* It claims that follow-up strikes are also killing rescuers who set out to treat the injured. The report, made up of interviews with victims, witnesses and experts, pins blame on US President Barack Obama for the recent increase in "signature strikes" which target groups selected through "pattern of life analysis" and which have resulted in large, innocent groups attending weddings and funerals bein... more »

Israel Lobbyist in US: We Need a False Flag to Start War with Iran

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
At a recent talk at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a neocon think tank, an Israeli lobbyist said that either America or Israel should stage a false flag event in the Persian Gulf to initiate a full-scale war against Iran. What a disgusting coward. Read more about his remarks *here*. [YouTube Channel Eretz Zen] Israel Lobbyist in US: We Need a False Flag to Start War with Iran:

Defending ALEC - The Wrong Thing to Do

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
*It amazes me* that with all the bad publicity that ALEC is getting - they are doing nothing! Why are they doing nothing? Because there is no way in hell any person could justify what the American Legislative Exchange Council has been doing for almost 40 years to the AMerican democracy. So -------- ALEC's good buddies are stepping to the forefront trying to help out their freind. While other rats are jumping dfrom the ALEC sinking ship - some of their buddies are congratulating those companies who are refusing to #DumpALEC. The right thing to do - is to dump ALEC. The wrong thing ... more »

10 Ways Christie and Cerf Promote Privatizing NJ Schools

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 6 hours ago
*Thank you to Stan Karp and the Education Law Center for keeping a close watch on the liars and thieves who profit at the expense of the poorest children and communities in New Jersey. The privatizers and profiteers can no longer hide behind "no excuses" and "no child left behind" because thanks to the brave teachers in Chicago the conversation has changed and the genie is out of the bottle. I suppose they aren't privatizing in Philadelphia either where they just gave the Boston Consulting Group* the green light to line up private vendors willing to replace the School District’s u... more » 

Danny Schechter : When is a Terrorist No Longer a Terrorist?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
Mujahedeen Khalq. Image from Institute for the Study of Violent Groups. Strange story of the Mujahedeen Khalq: When is a terrorist no longer a terrorist? The 'bad guys' became 'good guys' with the swipe of a pen. By Danny Schechter / The Rag Blog / September 25, 2012 Question: When is a terrorist a terrorist? Answer: When the U.S. government says so. When the Mujhadeen in Afghanistan were

Yawn At This Pawn

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago

Greek unions set to strike

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Sept. 25 - A look at Wednesday's key events including French consumer confidence and a general strike in Greece*

Obama: U.S. will "do what we must" on Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(Reuters) - President Barack Obama warned Iran on Tuesday the United States will "do what we must" to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon and said time was running short for diplomacy but ignored the Israeli prime minister's demand to set a "red line" for Tehran. * Taking the podium at the United Nations six weeks before the U.S. presidential election, Obama sought to counter criticism of his foreign record by Republican rival Mitt Romney, who has accused him of mishandling the Arab Spring uprisings, damaging ties with Israel and not being tough enough on Iran. Obama also c... more »

China carrier a show of force as Japan tension festers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(Reuters) - China sent its first aircraft carrier into formal service on Tuesday amid a tense maritime dispute with Japan in a show of force that could worry its neighbors. * China's Ministry of Defence said the newly named Liaoning aircraft carrier would "raise the overall operational strength of the Chinese navy" and help Beijing to "effectively protect national sovereignty, security and development interests". In fact, the aircraft carrier, refitted from a ship bought from Ukraine, will have a limited role, mostly for training and testing ahead of the possible launch of China's... more »

Passing (Or Failing) the June Test

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
The thing to remember about Eddie Haskell is that he never, ever, not even for a second, fooled June Cleaver. We all knew that; Wally knew it, too. Which brings us too the latest adventures of Paul Ryan -- and of (some members of) a press corps, Dave Weigel reports, who entirely fail the "June test" and are reporting that Ryan is an uberWonk because he uses...wait for it...PowerPoint. And because he included a few pie charts. Weigel passes the June test. So does Kevin Drum. Paul Krugman, too. Sort of. Krugman says that Ryan "very clearly doesn’t know what his numbers actually mean,"... more »

19 Signs That America Is Being Systematically Transformed Into A Giant Surveillance Grid

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
Michael Snyder, *Contributor* You are being watched. The control freaks that hold power in the United States have become absolutely obsessed with surveillance. They are constantly attempting to convince the American people that we are all "safer" when virtually everything that we do is watched, monitored, tracked and recorded. Our country is being systematically transformed into a giant surveillance grid far more comprehensive than anything George Orwell ever dreamed of. If you still believe that there is such a thing as "privacy" in this day and age, you are being delusional. ... more »

"Text-a-Tip" Snitch Program Invades Small-Town America

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
image source Brandon Turbeville In yet another example of the Big Brother-style snitch culture being fostered and implemented all across the country, the city of Marion, South Carolina, is now demonstrating how the oppressive surveillance state is no longer limited to large metropolitan areas and bigger cities already conditioned to living under the watchful eye of government. Now, even small towns such as Marion, with a population of 6,939 people, are getting in on the act. According to WMBF News, the Marion Police Department is launching a new program that allows citizens to r... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA - 25th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck UNIMAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles), the quake hit at 15:48:45 UTC Tuesday 25th September 2012 The epicenter was 99 km (61 miles) SSW of False Pass, Alaska No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

We Are Deranged Vs. We Are Change: Notorious War Criminal Tells American Reporter To Get Lost

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
If notorious war criminal Henry Kissinger didn't exist history would have to create him. But that still doesn't change the fact that he fell off the scumbag tree. For Kissinger to call another human being "sick" for asking a simple question is really rich. And this grumpy old man is still giving orders to people in the U.S. government? No wonder the world is screwed up.

Exposure to Toxic Cookware Compounds in Womb Linked to Low Birth Weight & Future Obesity

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
Elizabeth Renter Perfluorochemicals or perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are found in nonstick cookware and a variety of other places—including the human blood stream. But when they are found at high levels in women, the children they carry are more likely to have a lower birth weight and are more likely to weigh more than others at a alter point in life. *Perfluorinated Compounds Linked to Low Birth Weight & Future Obesity* According to a new report, researchers looked at 450 English women who gave birth to daughters between 1991 and 1992. They measured the children’s birth weig... more »

CDC Sounds Alarm Again over “New SARS Virus”

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
Lisa Garber The World Health Organization issued a global alert on Monday after a Qatari man was hospitalized with a previously unknown SARS-like virus after traveling to Saudi Arabia. The same virus supposedly infected and killed another man who had visited the area. The Qatari man is in critical condition after experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory infection. He was flown to an unnamed hospital in London, in treatment for the infection and kidney failure. “This new virus…is different from any that have previously been identified in humans,” the Health Protection Agency (... more »

QE4? The Big Wall Street Banks Are Already Complaining That QE3 Is Not Enough

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
Michael Snyder, *Contributor* QE3 has barely even started and some folks on Wall Street are already clamoring for QE4. In fact, as you will read below, one equity strategist at Morgan Stanley says that he would not be "surprised" if the Federal Reserve announced another new round of money printing by the end of the year. But this is what tends to happen when a financial system starts becoming addicted to easy money. There is always a deep hunger for another "hit" of "currency meth". Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was probably hoping that QE3would satisfy the wolves on W... more »

Study Confirms Flu Shot Makes You Sicker

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
Dees Illustration Catherine J. Frompovich, *Contributor* An interesting article appeared in a Canadian newspaper, *The Vancouver Sun, * about research that found the flu vaccine actually was linked to H1N1 illnesses, the pandemic flu that never materialized in 2008-09, if you remember. Vancouver researcher Dr. Danuta Skowronski led a team of researchers questioning certain flu virus events that seemed to impact people who received the 2008-09 flu vaccine. Dr. Skowronski, incidentally, is an influenza expert with the B.C. Center for Disease Control. What captivated Dr. Skowrons... more »

Religious Exemptions to Vaccines are Life or Death Rights

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
Dees Illustration Sandor White * *Over many years, the media and corporations have mounted a concerted effort to demean religious faith and to portray certain religious groups as dangerous to modern society. Darwin and evolution are often the means, pitting "modern science" against "religious dogma." The problem is that "science" has become the pawn of the corporations. People are recognizing that very keenly as they watch the endless lies by Monsanto about genetically engineered food be exposed. A recent Stanford "study," blasted all over the country by media, purporting to show... more »

Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif: Guantanamo Bay prisoner died without having ever been charged with a crime

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Two weeks ago, the Pentagon quietly released a statement that another Guantanamo detainee had died in custody, the ninth since the prison was opened in 2001. Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a 32-year-old man from Yemen who had spent eleven years incarcerated, was found dead in his cell on September 8. The cause of his death has been recorded as unknown and may never truly be known, but Latif had long suffered from feelings of extreme depression during his time in jail, having made several suicide attempts in the previous years. Latif had long complained of abuse by prison staff and of h... more »

Thousands Rage Against Austerity In Madrid

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Thousands of protesters have marched on the parliament building in Madrid as anger over austerity measures and tax hikes increases in the country.* More than 1,000 riot police blocked off access to the parliament building in the centre of the capital. Officers used batons to push back some protesters at the front of the march. The demonstration, with an "Occupy Congress" slogan, drew protesters weary of nine straight months of painful measures imposed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Spain is struggling in its second recession in three years with unemployment near 25%. The count... more »

The Gateway Drug to Opiates: Not Always Marijuana

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
Elizabeth Renter Despite what the talking political puppets and generals in the War on Drugs would have you think—pot is not much of a gateway drug, at least not when compared with the legal, but regulated and arguably more dangerous drug: alcohol. According to a new study in the *Journal of Adolescent Health*, people who used alcohol in their youth are far more likely to abuse prescription opiates later in life. Yes, this means that alcohol could be a better indicator of future addiction than the illegal and much-vilified marijuana. Why is alcohol legal but marijuana illegal? ... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 25th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 25.4 km (15.8 miles), the quake hit at 14:21:39 UTC Tuesday 25th September 2012 The epicenter was 139 km (86 miles) ENE of Hasaki, Japan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time 

Activists and "Anarchists" are New Video Game Villains

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
JG Vibes For years I have been writing about the increased propagandizing of video games, specifically first person shooters. Back in July the popular game *Call of Duty*announced their most recent villain as “the leader of the 99%”. Now it seems that this more overt approach to propaganda in video games is becoming a trend, as another new game has set up a storyline where the villains are violent terrorists who are labeled as “anarchists”. On August 21, 2012 Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment released *Counter-Strike: Global Offensive*, the most recent game in thei... more »

The BIG Lie

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
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How Evil is Monsanto?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
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BBC: Who's afraid of a big black hole?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 7 hours ago
Another episode about fundamental physics of the BBC 2 "Horizon" program, featuring people such as Andy Strominger (in a dark classroom of the Jefferson Lab and in his office), was aired in November 2009. Here's the 59-minute video: At the beginning, they edit a few interviews so that all the physicists say that no one understands black holes. A little bit over the edge but funny. After 5:00, they switch to an astronomer who explains what stars and black holes are. He believes that a bright star went supernova and then it became a black hole because we see nothing there. ;-) ... more »

Preppers and the Transition Movement

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
James Gould "Preppers" got their name from being prepared. They see very hard times ahead and have been working to be ready - with energy systems, tools, food, water, guns, toiletries, first aid, pet food, etc. Those in urban areas who are out of touch with how bad the economy is or how peculiar the government has been acting (to put a nice spin on things) may have been coached by corporate media to see preppers as fanatics. But to do so is to miss traditional wisdom - that wise families and communities should always being stocked up, storing surplus in good times to protect a... more »

Jason Kenney,

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 7 hours ago
Ok, Jason Kenney, game on. Exhibit A: The evolving LGTB emails where the office of the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration is somehow tracking people who identify as LGTB. Exhibit B: Mr. Kenney finds interested in questions of science and philosophy criminality (don't we have a Justice Minister and courts?) with his interest in when life begins, and supports M-312 which seeks to address

AIM West International Film Fest Oct. 12, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
AIM-WEST host American Indian Movement International Film Festival Friday October 12, 2012 *More information 415-577-1492*www.aimwest.info Posted at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com AIM-WEST proudly presents the American Indian Movement International Film Festival, to be held at the Brava Women’s Theater, located at 2781 24thStreet, in San Francisco’s Mission District! The program begins at 12 noon until 10 pm with traditional dance, drumming and songs prior to the opening. The M.C. is nationall... more »

You Are Much More Integrated With Your Wholeness

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago
You are much more integrated with your wholeness. channeled by Ron Head September 24, 2012 Michael The progression continues. The equinox has passed, and still you feel no let-up in the downloads and changes to your energy fields. There will be almost no respite for you now other than brief troughs between the waves. The ‘surf’ will continue to build. There will be several more very large ‘big ones’ for you to catch between now and the end of the year. The incoming energy/information has now reached truly what could be called flood stage. Yet you really, if you honestly t... more »

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome & Vaccinations

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 7 hours ago
Dees Illustration Catherine J. Frompovich, *Contributor* Researchers published a paper in August 2012 about a side effect of vaccinations: *Complex regional pain syndrome type 1*. The authors are Stephanie Richards and George Chalkiadis of the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne; Raman Lakshman of the Department of Pediatrics, West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust, Suffolk, UK; Jim P Buttery of the Murdock Children’s Research Institute and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Unit, Monash Children’s Hospital, Monash University in Melbourne; and Nigel W Crawford of Royal Children’s Hospita... more »

National Voter Registration Day

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
All evidence points to Election Day 2012 becoming a total mess. Between new Voter ID laws, untrained or confused poll workers and various groups that plan to "monitor" (read that intimidate) likely Democratic voters, nothing is assured no matter how badly the Mittanic campaign looks right now. The twitter tells me today is National Voting Registration Day, so click over to nationalvoterregistrationday.org where you can check your registration status and register if necessary. Also check this voting rights site for new Voter ID requirements. If you're sure you're properly credenti... more »

Will Paul Ryan Sink Romney And The Whole 2012 GOP Enterprise?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
As we mentioned yesterday, Paul Ryan dis-invited radical right GOP House candidate Todd Long to his Orlando town hall Sunday. Long has been campaigning on abolishing Social Security and Medicare and recent polls show him scaring away older voters, not just older Democratic and independent voters, but even older Republican voters. One poll shows Alan Grayson winning 25% of older Republicans in the FL-09 race! There are many reasons Ryan *may* have excised Long from the program: Long was found passed out drunk in a school yard 200 miles from his house; Long was banned from the bigg... more »

Open Access Gets A 'Big Bang'

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 8 hours ago
The STM Market has always been a rich seam for publishing, but it is very different from other sectors in many aspects. The old joke was that publishers got the material for free, got it peer reviewed for free and then sold it back to the University for significant amounts of money. Obliviously, there is always a slither of truth in all such stories, but the reality is that publishers have greatly assisted the spread of knowledge and ensured the quality, accuracy and currency of material. However, digital and communications is forcing everyone to rethink the value chain and the S... more »

Cattle Now Being Fed Cookies and Candies Instead of Real Food

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 8 hours ago
Anthony Gucciardi Just when you thought the news couldn’t get any stranger regarding the disturbing state of the agricultural industry, it most certainly has. In an effort to slash costs and increase profits, livestock corporations have now begun feeding their cattle super cheap processed foods like cookies, gummy worms, chocolate, fruit loops and a whole list of candies. Fattening up the cattle thanks to a large percentage of sugar content and no real nutritional value, the disease-riddled cattle end up fetching a larger price for farm owners. The fruit loops-fed cattle also m... more »

Researcher Offers Alternative Explanation for Global Warming

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 8 hours ago
*Documentary Explains Why Artificial Clouds Affect the Climate More than CO2 * GreenMedInfo, *Contributor* A new documentary video produced by an amateur climate researcher has the online world buzzing with a new debate:*Do human-made clouds affect the climate more than greenhouse gases like CO2?* The 25-minute presentation *[below]* explains that humans are dispersing cloud-making chemicals, silver iodide in particular, into the atmosphere globally at high altitudes for the purpose of increasing precipitation. According to Dave Dahl, the writer and producer, cloud seeding prog... more »

Jordan on the brink: Muslim Brothers mobilize for King Abdullah’s overthrow

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has given King Abdullah II notice that he has until October to bow to their demand to transform the Hashemite Kingdom into a constitutional monarchy or face Arab Spring street pressure for his abdication. Debkafile’s Middle East sources report that Israeli and Saudi intelligence watchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the approaching climax of the conflict in Amman between Islamists and the throne . For Israel, an upheaval in Jordan bodes the tightening of the Islamist noose around its borders – Egypt and Libya to the south and Syria to the n... more »

Man Crushed by Road Flattening Truck On Orders of Chinese Officials

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A villager in northern China attempting to resist a forced government relocation by remaining on his land was brutally crushed to death by a road flattening truck on the orders of a Chinese government official. The story, which was censored in China’s state controlled media, has caused outrage amongst users of Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, given it’s horrifying similarity to what happened to student protesters who were crushed to death by tanks during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. The victim, He Zhi Hua, refused to accept a paltry payment from the government which... more »

Alternatives to a Bugout Location – What You Should Consider

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 8 hours ago
Holly Deyo, *Contributor* Every person will face an ugly new reality when life as we know it vanishes. It's coming. Soon. It might be a slow crawl decline or a rapid descent into nightmarish conditions. Various scenarios now flit threateningly across the horizon. If we're brave enough to peer into the abyss, we can see some of these events bordering on fruition. Most are unnerving; some will be paralyzing. Regardless of the fright factor, we must examine individually how to handle these looming crises. When they strike, people without a plan in place, will die. So what's lurk... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 9 hours ago
------------------------------ Booming economy overshadowed by Mexico's violence Go to original ------------------------------ Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, left, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, center, are hoping to lure trade through Arizona. Rogelio Granguillhome, a Mexican international development official, is at right. September 23, 2012 12:00 am • Gabriela Rico, Arizona Daily Star Overshadowed by drug violence, Mexico's emerging economy surprises many. Forbes Magazine reports that Mexico is "the little darling of emerging market investors" and poi... more »

Who is killing the electric car?

Keith Peat at No Eco Twaddle- or other false policy (N.E.T) - 9 hours ago
CCNet – 25 September 2012 The Climate Policy Network Who Is Killing The Electric Car?************* *****It's Official: Electric Car Subsidies Are A Waste Of Money And that's the real problem with electric cars: So far, not too many consumers are lining up to buy them. That means electric cars might be doomed -- no matter how much the Department of Energy wants to see them happen. --John Rosevear, Daily Finance, ************17 September 2012 Who killed the electric car? This time round, Toyota did. It said today it will not release its proposed mass-market mini e-car, the eQ. The r... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 25th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck NORTHERN CALIFORNIA at a depth of 9.9 km (6.1 miles), the quake hit at 15:15:09 UTC Tuesday 25th September 2012 The epicenter was 4 km (2.4 miles) North from Talmage, California No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time 

Researchers determine 23 plants and 74 active nuclear reactors vulnerable to effects of tsunami

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 9 hours ago
Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* The dangerous reality of nuclear power is becoming increasingly apparent in the wake of the continuing (and “profoundly man-made”) disaster at Fukushima as well asstudies which project similarly devastating disasters in the future. Yet nations including Japan continue to press forward with nuclear power in spite of the clear dangers and the widespread public opposition to the deadly technology. The case against nuclear power just gets stronger with another study headed by Spanish researchers which identifies nuclear power plants which are especial... more »

Did EPA test toxins on humans?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
Steve Milloy of JunkScience.COM and pals have sued Lisa Jackson's EPA for having deliberately exposed unhealthy humans to harmful and lethal substances: EPA Human Testing.COM, a special website about the story ------------------------------ The initial text over there ------------------------------ Canada Free Press, WUWT, PR Web, Tucson Citizen, NLPC story (Paul Chesser) Milloy et al. claim to have gone through hundreds of pages obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The documents imply, he says, that at least a dozen of citizens were treated by carcinogenics and other harmful ... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Alisa Dmitrijeva* The body of teenager Alisa Dmitrijeva was found on the Queen's Sandringham estate on 1 January 2012. Two men were arrested. They have now been released without charge. 25 September 2012, no action to be taken against two men arrested over Sandringham body *Prince John, who died aged 13, at Wood Farm at Sandringham. * Prince John (1905 – 1919) was the youngest son of King George V and Queen Mary. Prince John had epilepsy and was mainly kept hidden from the public. *Queen Mary, who was betrothed to Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, but m... more »

Romney's Tax Flip Towards Responsibility

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
Yesterday afternoon at PP, I wrote that Mitt Romney's tax plan -- as he most recently at that point had described it on 60 Minutes -- still didn't pass the giggle test. However, soon after that post the Romney campaign clarified its position, and I'm glad to see that it was clarified in the direction of becoming a responsible proposal. Recall that Romney said he would cut income tax rates by 20%; protect various preferred treatment of certain types of income; keep overall taxes the same or lower for middle-income filers; and keep overall revenue neutral. The problem? It didn't add u... more »

The Sovereign Man is the Real Prisoner

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
SARTRE, *Contributor* According to establishment officials, the concept of the Sovereign Man philosophy is a direct threat to the authority of the State. Depending upon your perception of reality and the degree of legitimacy for government, given to the prevailing order, fundamental inalienable rights of the individual may vary widely. In the extreme, government statists consider most if not all natural rights as capricious and arbitrary, if conflicts challenge the dictates of the regime. This unending and interminable struggle to defend undeniable individual basic rights drive... more »


Sophia at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
Today we are on the second half of our Quest for Agape. As we proceed, we’ll encounter lots of “Stitch’s”. In the movie, “Lilo and Stitch”, Lilo was consistent about one thing – love. The object of her affection was a destructive, mono-syllabic weird looking alien. There was nothing warm and fuzzy about this pet. Lilo decides he’s family and will not leave him behind; an extreme example of unconditional love. Lilo could not know the motivation of Stitch, yet she identified with him as another lost soul, lashing out at a world he didn’t understand and that couldn’t understa... more »

Please Help Today

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
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Fred Newman 1960

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 10 hours ago
We were reviewing a book and found this interesting picture from 1960 of a 27 year old Fred Newman, then gossip editor of the Daily Sketch. He is with Rosemary McLellan their Scottish 'stunt-girl'. The picture was part of a book ' Scandal: a scurrilous history of gossip' by Roger Wilkes. It appears that Fred's early editor days stood him in good stead for his later life running Publishing News. He is quoted 'Our policy is to entertain.' No change there then! Still miss the man and his wit.

Why Do They Hate Us?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
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Researchers Manipulate Neurons in Worms' Brains and Take Control of Their Behavior

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
J.G. Vibes A team of Harvard scientists have discovered how to manipulate neurons in the brains of worms in order to take control of their behavior. This literal mind control is achieved through the use of precisely targeted lasers. So far researchers have been able to take over an animal's brain, instruct it to turn in any direction they choose, and even to implant false sensory information, fooling the animal into thinking food was nearby. When news of this reaches the mainstream media there is no doubt that they will say that there is no intention in using this on more comple... more »

Graph of the Day: Temperatures and Wildfire Numbers in the U.S. West, 1970-2010

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 11 hours ago
[image: Temperatures and Wildfire Numbers in the U.S. West, 1970-2010. Across the U.S. West, the annual number of large wildfires has increased over the past 42 years, to varying degrees. climatecentral.org] Among the Western States, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, and Montana have seen the most dramatic increases in wildfires since 1970. According to our analysis, the average annual number of large fires has nearly quadrupled in Arizona and Idaho, and at least doubled in California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. On the other hand, the fre... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
*MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 Permalink* *As Anti-Immigrant "Papers" Law Takes Effect, Jeff Biggers on Arizona, the "State Out of the Union" * Last week a federal judge lifted an injunction against a key component of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, requiring police to check the immigration status of people they stop before releasing them. On Saturday, hundreds of protesters marched in Phoenix to protest the law, which they say enables racial profiling. As the "show me your paper... more »

U.S. insurance companies vulnerable to extreme weather, changing climate – 2012 drought expected to cost $20 billion

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 11 hours ago
[image: Insurance losses from U.S. extreme weather disasters, 2011-2012. Worsening weather in a warming world poses a growing risk to the financial stability of insurance companies and has broad ramifications for the economy and society. Ceres.org] Contact: Peyton Fleming, fleming@ceres.org, 617-247-0700 x 120, 617-733-6660 20 September 2012 Worsening weather in a warming world poses a growing risk to the financial stability of insurance companies and has broad ramifications for the economy and society, according to a new report. *Stormy Future for U.S. Property and Casualty Insu... more »

Survey Shows How Easy it is to Get People to Reverse Their Moral Compass

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
*Activist Post* A simple survey trick can cause people to unwittingly change their views 180 degrees, even causing them to fight on the side of their new viewpoint. How does this under-the-radar trick work and is it possibly implemented on the people, but on a bigger scale? Last week, PLoS ONE reported the results of the research led by Lars Hall; cognitive scientist at Sweden's Lund University. A two-page survey with 12 definitive statements about moral issues - micro to macro - to which 160 participants had to decide which level they either agreed or disagreed. What was the m... more »

Leaked NYPD Footage Shows Brutal Crackdown on Protesters

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
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Glittered Halloween Sign

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
Who doesn't love glitter? My brothers loathe it, but I for one love it. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood include trying to glitter my unsuspecting brothers, although I am pretty sure those memories don't rank among their favorites. I have a stash of orange and black Halloween glitter that has just been begging to be used and this seemed like the perfect project. I started out with a project kit from FabDecor. The kit came with two pieces of wood (7 inches and 9 inches) and the vinyl in your choice of lime green, purple, orange or black. For this proje... more »

Senate Votes for Preemptive War with Iran

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
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Obamas on The View

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 12 hours ago
The Obamas made an appearance on The View yesterday. They were their usual charming, authentic selves. And I just love Michelle's fashion style: Whoopi on the other hand... Love her dearly, but Ye Gods, what is up with those shoes? Do not work with that outfit. [Photo via] Meanwhile, I crashed out early last night, but have down time today, so hoping to catch up on some saved links while I have a few moments to spare. [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

The CIA-Soros Partnership

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
EconomicPolicyJournal A curious link between George Soros and the CIA has emerged as a result of disclosures of funding of a Malaysian media organization by the National Endowment for Democracy. It turns out it was NED funding and Soros funding. NED has long been known as a CIA front. In the clip below, one time CIA case officer Phil Agee describes the developments that led up to the formation of NED and how NED operates. This is all noteworthy with regard to Soros, since the Malaysiakini, a Malaysian media organization, has just admitted receiving funds from NED. The funding ... more »

Former CIA agent’s trial postponed

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
OurColoradoNews Ryan Boldrey The bagel shop parking lot assault case of former CIA agent Raymond Davis was set to begin this past week, but is facing another postponement. According to Larry Klayman, attorney for Jeff Maes – who was allegedly seriously injured by Davis in an argument over a parking space in Highlands Ranch – the criminal trial is now scheduled for Feb. 12, one day after the civil trial gets under way. “It’s a very unusual circumstance,” Klayman said of the two trials being stacked on top of one another, adding that the criminal trial was delayed so that the prosec... more » 

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Mark Hamill, 61. His performance in the first movie is highly underrated, for some reason; he's excellent, in my view. And fine in the other two, too. The good stuff: 1. Whether you like a policy or not could depend on whether it's described as a Republican (or Democratic) plan. John Sides reports. 2. Good polling overview, focused on the Gallup/Rassmussen issue, from Mark Blumenthal. 3. Brendan Nyhan is right about feel-good phony rhetoric from Barack Obama. 4. I suppose I'll link to Abby Rapoport on non-partisan solutions to administering elections, although my... more »

Argentina: Concern Over Cattle Mutilations in the Santo Domingo Rural Area

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 12 hours ago
*Source: El Litoral (www.ellitoral.com) Date: 09.22.2012 – 16:57 h* *Argentina: Concern Over Cattle Mutilations in the Santo Domingo Rural Area* *Correspondents in Progreso El Litoral Newsroom* Three calves were attacked – one dead, the other put down, the third still alive – by something that remains unidentified. Furthermore, the type of incision made makes it a true mystery. Dr. Jorge Tevez, a veterinarian with many years of experience and well-known throughout the region, performed an examination of the animals and told El Litoral that ranchers need not be alarmed, or retreat ... more »

Voting Strategically In Iowa-- Against Blue Dog Leonard Boswell

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Last night we looked at the horrific choices in some of the Senate racesaround the country-- exceedingly bad Democratic candidates like Joe Manchin (WV), Joe Donnelly (IN), Claire McCaskill (MO), Bob Kerrey (NE), Shelley Berkley (NV), and Tim Kaine (VA), to name a few, running against-- in every case even *worse* Republicans. Claire McCaskill, for example, has been one of the worst Democrats in the Senate since she beat Jim Talent in a Democratic sweep year with a bare 50% of the vote. This session her ProgressivePunch vote score was a dismal 67.86 on crucial substantive votes,, t... more »

Heading South

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 12 hours ago
In another sign of the season, another flock of Canada Geese heads off for warmer climes. I've been seeing long wavy skeins flying overhead for over a week now. I had to fight my way through a rather thick canopy of trees and they are at quite a distance so in the rush to get the camera out and find a big enough clear spot, this shot is the best of the bunch.

Martin's Dismay

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 12 hours ago
After cataloguing the numerous attempts to subvert democracy during the Harper regime, a dismayed Lawrence Martin concludes his column in this morning's *Globe and Mail* with the following observation: At the same time, many other voices are raised in protest. But they don’t get enough traction. The dogs bark and the caravan – the mockery of democracy – moves on. Allan Gregg has also catalogued the abuses; but, Martin writes: It seems Mr. Harper has concluded that he can continually get away with in-your-face provocations. The media and the opposition parties, he reasons, will... more »

SAT reading scores hit a four-decade low

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Washington Post Lyndsey Layton Emma Brown Reading scores on the SAT for the high school class of 2012 reached a four-decade low, putting a punctuation mark on a gradual decline in the ability of college-bound teens to read passages and answer questions about sentence structure, vocabulary and meaning on the college entrance exam. Many experts attribute the continued decline to record numbers of students taking the test, including about one-quarter from low-income backgrounds. There are many factors that can affect how well a student scores on the SAT, but few are as strongly correl... more »

Debate Questions for Mitt Romney on Employment Issues

Donna at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 12 hours ago
This will continue the series a group of management-side and employee-side employment attorneys are doing on what questions we would ask the candidates in the debates. Since I handle employee-side issues, I bet you can predict some of what I would ask Mitt Romney, but here goes. I'd start with this one. *Four years ago, you advocated letting Detroit go bankrupt rather than bailing out our auto industry during the depths of the recession. You addressed some specific solutions, including dumping existing management, saying, "The new management must work with labor leaders to see that... more »

Is everybody getting ready for a war?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*Against the background of the growing political tensions in the region, on September 19 Israel conducted a brief but full-scale military exercise on the Golan Heights that was designed to test the level of combat readiness of the Israeli Army in the event of a sudden attack. The observers believe that the most probable reason for such an attack from the states neighboring the Golans would be a potential Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.* The exercise in the Golans only took a day, but was quite intensive. Military units from all regions of the country were engaged ... more »

US Economy Sustained by Export of Dollars and Wars

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*For those who feel that 13 is an unlucky number, the belief was vindicated on September 13, considering that a new liquidity injection – a massive infusion of freshly printed and essentially worthless money into the global economy – was announced in the US on the day. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said that, as a third round of quantitative easing (QE3), the US would beef up its long-term securities holdings by open-ended purchases of $40b of mortgage debt. * No information concerning the total to be thrown into QE3 was supplied. Instead, Bernanke made it clear that Operat... more »

Facebook Privacy: France Summons Bosses

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*French ministers have ordered Facebook managers to appear before the country's data watchdog to explain reports that private messages appeared in public areas on the social network.* Metro newspaper reported that a "non-systemic" problem at Facebook had caused certain personal messages, some several years old, to be displayed on people's public timelines. Facebook, however, denied any problems with its security systems and said any old data that may have appeared on timelines did not come from users' private messages. "A minority of users were worried after seeing messages they t... more »

Greece says bailout extension would cost an Extra 13-15 billion euros

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Greece would need an additional 13-15 billion euros ($17-$19) to finance a two-year extension to meet its budget targets but is confident of bridging that gap without burdening European taxpayers, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told Reuters on Tuesday.* He also confirmed that the country's fiscal gap to hit its 2013 and 2014 targets remained at 13.5 billion euros. Athens has been discussing fiscal measures worth that amount with its European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders. "We estimate the funding gap that would be created if we get the two-year ext... more »

U.S. fiscal cliff looms over global economy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The euro zone has stepped back from the brink of disaster for now, but the global economy could soon be staring into another abyss if U.S. politicians fail to head off $600 billion in automatic austerity that all but guarantees a new recession.* The long-term fate of the single currency remains unclear, but nerves have calmed since the European Central Bank promised on September 6 to act as the buyer of last resort for Spanish and Italian bonds. Now, exactly six weeks before the U.S. general election, fiscal gridlock in Washington is coming back on the global economy's... more »

Bombs explode at security site in Damascus: rebels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Bombs planted by rebels exploded at a school building occupied by security forces and pro-government militias in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Tuesday, activists and rebels said. * Residents said smoke was billowing from the area in southeastern Damascus and an activist said ambulances were rushing to the scene. "At exactly 9:35 a.m., seven improvised devices were set off in two explosions to target a school used for weekly planning meetings between shabbiha militia and security officers," said Abu Moaz, a leader of Ansar al-Islam, one of the rebel groups in the 18-... more »

Obama warns Iran on nuclear bid, containment "no option"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - President Barack Obama will warn Iran on Tuesday that the United States will "do what we must" to prevent it acquiring a nuclear weapon, and appeal to world leaders for a united front against further attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Muslim countries. * Preparing to take the podium at the United Nations six weeks before the U.S. presidential election, Obama hopes to counter criticism of his foreign record by Republican rival Mitt Romney, who has accused him of mishandling the Arab Spring uprisings, damaging ties with Israel and not being tough enough on Iran. Seek... more »

Europe must take "deep breath" and enact reforms: Merkel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Europe could only hope to come out of its crisis stronger and compete in a globalised world if its members pressed ahead with painful reforms and moved to more responsible budget policies.* Speaking at a meeting of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Merkel acknowledged that Germany was "not an island" that could disconnect from economic developments in Europe and the world economy. But she placed the onus on Berlin's struggling euro zone partners to fix their own economies, rejecting the idea that Germany should rel... more »

Flooding Alerts: Seventy-Three Areas At Risk

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*Flood warnings are in place across the country as rivers burst their banks and forecasters say there is more bad weather to come.* More than 200 properties have reportedly been flooded, with 42 properties in the South West, 35 in the Midlands and 20 in the South East affected. There has been widespread disruption and long delays to rail services in the South West, the Midlands, northern England and Wales, with the lines between Exeter and Bristol, and Wakefield and Leeds among those hit. There has also been major disruption to transport after parts of the UK were battered with mor... more »

The Tender Tyranny of American Liberalism Redux

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
Global Research Prof. James F. Tracy Liberalism itself is a synthetic creation of the power structure, a humanitarian facade behind which the dirty work of policing the world can go on uninterrupted by idealistic spasms in the body politic.[1] [image: USdollars]Journalist Eric Norden’s perceptive critique, “The Tender Tyranny of American Liberalism,” appeared in the early years of the Vietnam era, accurately identifying how a predominantly liberal worldview projected by the ruling technocracy and its intellectual adherents acted to subordinate genuinely Left-progressive ideas and s... more »

Margaret Wente & Elite Immunity From Consequences

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 13 hours ago
Margaret Wente is a lazy, stupid person. As such, she has a great deal of animosity towards people who aren't lazy and stupid and so she writes column after column of lazy, stupid bullshit, mocking her betters and sucking-up to her enablers. (She is enabled by people for whom a debased political culture is the preferred environment for cheating and lying and general corruption.) Wait a second? Did I say "she writes column after column"? That's incorrect. It turns out that Margaret Wente is so lazy and stupid that she can't even come up with fact-free, faulty arguments and snotty ... more »

Technagogically Yours

Storm at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
On the heels of a recent post here regarding a K-2 cubicle "learning" factory in Yuma, AZ, "Nineteenth Century English Schools...," I'd like to offer something on what I have called "technagogy." But briefly, I would note that the Yuma, AZ school isn't only English, it is fully American as well. This is only natural as America is the child of England. Some of you may know that Henry Thoreau was, for two weeks, a kind of "district" manager for the Concord Schools--one of the top slots earning big dollars for the time, and he just out of Harvard. One primary duty of teachers in this s... more »

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