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Friday, September 28, 2012

28 September - Blogs I'm Following

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Frequency Shift: ET Mummy Found In Egypt: Photo Leaked By Cairo Museum Insider

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 2 minutes ago
ET Mummy Found In Egypt: Photo Leaked By Cairo Museum Insider Posted on September 28, 2012 by Gillian http://shiftfrequency.com/michelle-devlin-et-mummy-found-in-egypt-photo-leaked-by-cairo-museum-insider/ The rumors have been whispered for years that the mummy of an extraterrestrial had been found in Egypt, nestled in a burial chamber beside a great Pharoh. Now, more evidence of the mummy’s possible existence have been reported on Facebook, along with this compelling photo. I have included the accompanying text exactly as it was translated from Egyptian. I have not edited the t... more »

First Nation Terrance Nelson alleges vote buying, delegation heads to Iran

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 minutes ago
*Terrance Nelson, former Roseau River chief in Manitoba, made allegations today of vote buying in an e-mail to the Prime Minister.* ** Further, *Nelson said a First Nation delegation leaves for Iran on Oct. 8 and will ask for the lives of three Canadians on death row. In his previous statement, Nelson said the delegation will also show photos of the massacre of Wounded Knee.* ** *Nelson’s morning e-mail has brought a dramatic reaction already.* ***Among the allegations, Nelson questioned if there was a payment of $25,000 for a chief to distance himself from Nelson.* ** *The following ... more »

Nigerian couple tried to claim £3.8m in ‘eye watering’ benefits scam using 1,400 identities

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 minutes ago
*A Nigerian couple who tried to claim £3.8million in an ‘eye-watering’ benefits scam using 1,400 stolen identities have been jailed for a total of almost 10 years.* Adeola Thomas, 38, assisted by his partner, Abimbola Abiola, 34, managed to pocket £87,000 after submitting almost 2,500 handwritten applications for tax credits and benefits. The pair spent the money on designer clothing and electrical items including a 50-inch plasma television. But the fraud was discovered when benefits staff noticed the same address was being used for multiple claims, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.... more »

U.S. intelligence takes blame for mixed Libya attack messages

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 minutes ago
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's office on Friday tried to explain the shifting public explanations for who was behind the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya. DNI public affairs director Shawn Turner said U.S. intelligence concluded "in the immediate aftermath" of the assault that it had begun "spontaneously" in the wake of violent protests in Egypt. "We provided that initial assessment to Executive Branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became av... more »

Ex-finance minister to challenge Merkel in 2013 vote

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes ago
*BERLIN — Germany's main opposition party named a feisty former finance minister to lead its bid to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel from the helm of Europe's top economy in elections next year.* Three leading members of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), including the candidate himself, Peer Steinbrueck, jointly announced their pick to reporters, ending weeks of speculation. Steinbrueck, 65, who previously served as Merkel's finance minister in a grand coalition, must win over voters amid polls showing consistently widespread approval for Merkel as she tackles the euroz... more »

Junior Nkwelle Killed: 14-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of murder

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes ago
* A promising teenage footballer described as a "role model" for his community may have been murdered in a fight over a girl.* Junior Nkwelle, 15, was stabbed to death outside a block of flats and one theory was he may have been attacked by a jealous boyfriend. Officers were called to reports of a disturbance on the Loughborough Estate in Brixton just before 9.25pm on Thursday and found the boy with serious stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene and police said the killing was not believed to be gang-related. A 14-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of murder. L... more »

US Aims to Rally Syrian Opposition With New Aid

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 35 minutes ago
*The Obama administration moved Friday to rally Syria's opposition with pledges of $45 million in new non-lethal and humanitarian assistance as the administration and other world leaders lamented the failure of diplomatic efforts to push Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.* Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. would contribute an additional $15 million in non-lethal gear — mostly communications equipment — to the civilian opposition trying to oust Assad as well as $30 million in new humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the continuing violence. ... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 45 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE at a depth of 5.4 km (3.4 miles), the quake hit at 02:39:32 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 70 km (43 miles) Southeast of Karpathos, Greece No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake JUJUY, ARGENTINA - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 45 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck JUJUY, ARGENTINA at a depth of 191.4 km (118.9 miles), the quake hit at 01:26:12 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 52 km (32.2 miles) Northwest of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SICILY, ITALY - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck SICILY, ITALY at a depth of 246.5 km (153.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:39:44 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 14 km (8.7 miles) WNW of Lipari, Italy No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 28th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck the SOLOMON ISLANDS at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 23:22:31 UTC Friday 28th September 2012 The epicenter was 116 km (72 miles) SSE of Gizo, Solomon Islands No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake PAKISTAN - 28th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck PAKISTAN at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 22:14:44 UTC Friday 28th September 2012 The epicenter was 28 km (17 miles) NNE of Bhag, Pakistan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Seven Killed As Flash Floods Hit Southern Spain

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
*Seven people have been killed and hundreds evacuated from their homes after flash floods swept through southern Spain*. After months of drought, torrential rain has flooded streets and homes, brought down a motorway bridge, and swept cars down roads that have been transformed into rivers. The hardest hit areas are the Mediterranean provinces of Malaga in the south and Murcia and Almeria in the southeast. Regional officials said seven people have died and at least 600 people have been evacuated from their homes. Among the dead were a young boy and a girl who were found drowned in ... more »

"When Eyes Are Blinders of the Soul"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"When Eyes Are Blinders of the Soul"* By Peter Michaelson "One way to diminish our suffering is to become conscious of when our eyes go looking for something that upsets us. Another way is to be watchful of what our imagination is up to. Just as sponges can soak up dirty water as easily as clean water, our eyes can also take in impressions from the world around us that leak misery into our soul. We like to think we use our visual faculty in pursuit of pleasure, but we also use it to entertain old hurts, grievances, and longings. Our eyes go looking for pleasure and stimulation-... more »

The bottomless cesspool of the cons

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 1 hour ago
There is no peak wingnut. There is no depth beyond which conservatives cannot sink as they wallow in the stink of their blind and mindless hate: After four years of invective, four years during which the right has called President Obama a traitor, a communist, a fraud, an affirmative-action case, a terrorist-sympathizer, and a tyrant, its shrillest voices have been reduced to the most primal insult of all. They are calling Obama’s mother a whore. For a while now, pictures purporting to show Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, modeling in 1950s bondage and fetish porn have been flo... more »

Sunday Classics preview: Before and after -- Mahler learns that the's dying

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*by Ken* We've actually heard the music we're going to hear (again) in tonight's preview -- an an August 2010 poat called "In the opening vision of Mahler's "Song of the Earth": "Dark is life, is death", which focused on the three tenor songs -- Nos. 1, 3, and 5 -- from *Das Lied von der Erde*, the work that Mahler undertook following his diagnosis of untreatable heart disease. It seemed obvious to begin by hearing the way his preceding work work, the Eighth Symphony, had closed, with the conclusion of Goethe's *Faust*. (FYI: This excerpt begins very softly. It gets louder.) *MAH... more »

Money can't buy Ann Romney good taste

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 1 hour ago
I hate to get all shallow about it but Ye Gods, Ann Romney simply can't be our next FLOTUS. It would be too embarrassing. She has the worst fashion sense ever. I didn't watch her Leno interview but it appears the only thing notable about it is the horrible outfit she wore for her appearance. You can see the full length shot with the hideous shoes here. As it's described: Ann Romney, whose hubby, Mitt, is running to become the next president of the United States, left her campaign-trail cardigan at home while making an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Wednesday. I... more »

When in doubt, mumble

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago

Proof of possession

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
*R. v. Brar (G.)*, 2008 MBQB 133, 234 Man.R. (2d) 1, is a concise statement of the law of proof of possession: [37] Central to all three charges is the issue of possession. Possession may be actual, constructive and/or joint. To prove possession, the Crown must prove beyond a reasonable doubt both knowledge of and control by the accused of the property allegedly possessed. The Crown can make out this proof by direct and/or circumstantial evidence. While the court looks at each fact individually, the standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt does not apply to individual pi... more »

Carol Wainio rips Terence Corcoran and Margaret Wente a new one

Orwell's Bastard at Orwell's Bastard - 2 hours ago
John Stackhouse too, by implication. And the best part is, she does it so politely and reasonably. No sneering, no condescension, no invective, none of the aggrieved privilege that marks so much of Wente's and Corky's oeuvre. From her rebuttal to Corky, everyone's favourite crazy old uncle, in the Putz: In the wake of the Margaret Wente affair, the *National Post*’s Terence Corcoran suggests that media ethics require no oversight at all. But in performing his analysis, could Mr. Corcoran not have provided us with something other than a variant on the “political-correctness-gone-amo... more » 

Musical Interlude: Yanni, "Before I Go"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Yanni, "Before I Go" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk8N2HohPKw&feature=fvwrel

More Hidden History Revealed: The Bleiburg Massacre

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 3 hours ago
Over the last few years I have put up many articles in this blog exposing some of the real truths about our history, especially some important facts about World War II. We all know by now about the Dresden massacre of 1945 that saw the death of some 500,000 innocent German civilians, but many people are still unaware of some other horrific atrocities that occurred during and immediately after that horrendous conflict. I have made it one of my key issues in writing this blog to bring facts about those atrocities to light for everyone to see for themselves... It is amazing that e... more »

The Poet: Denise Levertov, "Variation On A Theme By Rilke"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Variation On A Theme By Rilke"* ("The Book of Hours, Book I, Poem 1, Stanza 1") "A certain day became a presence to me; there it was, confronting me- a sky, air, light: a being. And before it started to descend from the height of noon, it leaned over and struck my shoulder as if with the flat of a sword, granting me honor and a task. The day's blow rang out, metallic- or it was I, a bell awakened, and what I heard was my whole self saying and singing what it knew: I can." ~ Denise Levertov

ALEC Voter ID - Why Did the US Senate Do Nothing?

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
This morning I saw John Fund on a CSPAN video hawking his latest book on Voter ID. Since Fund is good buddies of ALEC I did a search of him and his co-author and found this where his co-author, von Spakovsky, (who is also a good buddy of ALEC) is addressing the SENATE about Voter ID *a YEAR AGO!!!* [Senate Hearing 112-160] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] S. Hrg. 112-160 *NEW STATE VOTING LAWS: BARRIERS TO THE BALLOT?* *SEPTEMBER 8, 2011* *Chairman Durbin*. So let us follow the money in this debate for a moment. Let us see who is pushing for these changes in the law an... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“Bright star Markab anchors this dusty skyscape. At the top right corner of the frame, Markab itself marks a corner of an asterism known as the Great Square, found within the boundaries of the constellation Pegasus, the flying horse. The wide and deep telescopic view rides along for some 5 degrees or about 10 times the angular diameter of the Full Moon, with blue reflection nebulae scattered around the scene. * Click image for larger size.* And even though this line-of-sight looks away from the plane of our Milky Way galaxy, it covers a region known to be filled with nearby molec... more »

Resegregation Escalates

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
From the Civil Rights Project at UCLA: --Los Angeles--In the latest of its widely-cited reports analyzing segregation trends in the nation’s public schools, and the first since the beginning of the Obama Administration, the Civil Rights Project today released three new studies showing persistent and serious increases in segregation by race and poverty, with very dramatic results in the South and West, the nation’s two largest regions where students of color now comprise the majority of public school enrollment. Nationally, the average black or Latino student now attends school with ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Nuclear Landscapes”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Nuclear Landscapes” * by Chet Raymo "I was thinking recently about August 7, 1945. I was almost nine years old, growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The previous day an atomic bomb had exploded over the heart of Hiroshima. As I recall, all of us, adults and children, struggled to understand this extraordinary event, so remote from common knowledge and experience. It was clear that humanity had crossed a threshold, but to what? Within eight days, the war would be over. One mystery was solved: We now knew what was going on up Highway 11 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, previously a sourc... more »

Yes, Its True, We've Fallen Down the Rabbit Hole and the World is Insane

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction: “Owning the Weather” for Military Usehttp://www.globalresearch.ca/the-ultimate-weapon-of-mass-destruction-owning-the-weather-for-military-use-2/

Henry David Thoreau, "I Learned This, At Least..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the un... more »

Joint submissions on sentence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
R. v. Milijanovic, 2012 ONCA 647 is a useful source for the principle that a court may reject a joint submission but not because it is close to inappropriate: [1] We agree with the appellant that the trial judge erred in principle when he rejected the joint submission on the sentence. The trial judge stated that the proposed sentence was "getting close to being a joint submission that the court would reject as being contrary to the public interest" and then imposed additional term, namely, an additional year driving prohibition and community service.

Almost Half Of All Americans Support Domestic Surveillance Drones

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Close to half of Americans say they are in favour of police departments deploying surveillance drones domestically. According to a survey conducted by The Associated Press and The National Constitution Center, 44 percent support the idea of police using unmanned aerial vehicles to track suspects and carry out investigations. Only 36 percent said that they “strongly oppose” or “somewhat oppose” police use of drones, according to the survey. The poll also found that only one third of Americans say they are significantly concerned about their privacy being eroded by the adoption of d... more »

"Education Nation" week offers a jolly "Salute to the Bronx"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Chris Hayes is probably still delighted by the image of Bronx youth storming the NHL if the ice center championed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for a repurposed Kingsbridge Armory comes into existence.* *by Ken* The thing about being from the Bronx, Darlene Rodriguez said, is that when you say the name, everyone has an opinion. Chris Hayes agreed but ventured that he likes to play off that image people have of his home borough. Darlene, co-anchor of News 4 New York's *Today in New York*, and Chris, well-known to *DWT* readers as host of MSNBC's *Up w/Chris Hayes* and ... more »

CBS NEWS: The Bloodline Families Who Have Run This Country Since It Began

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 5 hours ago
This is an old video from George W Bush years, but quite amazing! My nephew discovered this on YouTube.

The Real Truth About The Fraud Called "Wikileaks": PressTV Exposes Assange-Mossad Ties!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 5 hours ago
I still remember over two years ago when there was a great stirring in both the Jewish controlled mainstream media, and the alternative media, about documents that were suddenly appearing through a group headed by a man called Julian Assange, called "Wikileaks". Everyone was suddenly reading the "Wikileaks" reports and some were falsely claiming them to be genuine. I on the other hand labelled "Wikileaks" instantly as an Israeli operation most probably run through their Mossad as just another form of disinformation to poison the alternative media and the so called truth movement.... more »


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s presentation to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday illustrated the extent to which he has become obsessive to the point of being delusional about Iran. Hopefully the world has opened its eyes and is aware of how barking mad paranoid Netanyahu now is over Iran. While many Israelis are unable to avoid the overwhelming anti-Iran propaganda emanating from the right-wing Israeli Zionist press, they, nonetheless, are able to discern the path that Netanyahu is taking them down. And while Israelis have little time for many of Ahmadine... more »

World Premiere of Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal --An interview with filmmakers Noelle Hanrahan and Steve Vittoria

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 5 hours ago
*(Photo of Mumia Abu-Jamal during recent contact visit.*) *World Premiere of Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal* *--An interview with filmmakers Noelle Hanrahan and Steve Vittoria* *By Angola 3 News* On October 6, the new documentary film entitled *Long Distance Revolutionary: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal*, will be making its world premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival, just north of San Francisco. Mumia Abu-Jamal is a veteran journalist, author of seven books, and a former Black Panther who was convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting dea... more »

Man who "captured Gaddaffi" dies of injuries?? Kind of, sort of, maybe?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
Hey All! Back, however briefly, with this tidbit. It is timely because I see in the previous post there is continuing discussion on the now deceased Libyan Ambassador LVB mentions some reporting on how *" Ansar al-Sharia, headed off to meet their al Qaeda controllers"* Interesting, but, likely typical msm spinning. Ansar al-Sharia fought valiantly on behalf of their NATO masters to destroy Libya and murder Gaddaffi. So by al Qaeda are we talking Al CIA/Mossadah? Or al-NATO? Interesting too that Obama is saying this "wasn't a mob action". I would have to agree with that. * **Let's refr... more »

"Where? Who? How? What?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Where am I? Who am I? How did I come to be here? What is this thing called the world? How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? And If I am compelled to take part in it, Where is the director? I want to see him." - Soren Kierkegaard

Against All Logic: Iran Blamed by MSNBC for Cyber Attack on Bank Sites

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
This contrived bit of storytelling is an insult to the American public. Iran's motivation for conducting cyber attacks on banks somehow doesn't match the likelihood that the cyber attacks are MOSSAD operations. These events took place right after Senator Lieberman's appeal to Obama for an executive order to shut down the internet in the wake of a "9/11 style cyber attack". People have to suffer the inconvenience of accessing their bank accounts in a way that is slightly more irritating than having to sit through a commercial for "war with Iran" in a Hulu Plus transmission. Help U... more » 

The Economy: “Great Expectations”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Great Expectations”* by Joel Bowman “Hey! What gives?!” Investors want to know, “What happened to all of Mr. Bernanke’s money?” You’ll recall that, a couple of weeks ago, the central banking industry’s most famous beard announced that he would flood the markets with another round of quantitative easing, or “QE.” The Fed, under Famous Beard’s deft stewardship, would begin purchasing $40 billion “worth” of mortgage-backed securities per month until…well…until forever. The program is supposed to boost the stock market, increase house prices and bolster GDP. One report we saw, rel... more »

Sometimes It's Helpful To Go Back and Read What the Experts Were Saying About Fukushima Over 1 Year Ago

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 6 hours ago
JUNE 10, 2011 Democracy Now Interview: Japan Admits 3 Nuclear Meltdowns, More Radiation Leaked into Sea; U.S. Nuclear Waste Poses Deadly Risks http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/10/as_japan_nuclear_crisis_worsens_citizen ROBERT ALVAREZ: Well, I think it means that the accident was much more prompt and severe, and its radiological consequences are going to be — unfold in a more serious way. As you mentioned earlier, the contamination of land nearby, or not so nearby, is proving to be quite extensive. The reports that I’ve seen suggest that land contamination, in terms of areas tha... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*Joe Bruno on Appeals Panel Flip-Flip: This is Politics Not Law ~Levees.org*

the politics of sex-selective abortion: there shouldn't be any

laura k at wmtc - 6 hours ago
Hard on the heels of the defeat of Motion 312 - on the mind-bending spectacle of the Minister of the Status of Women voting with the anti-choice contingent, on the sobering sight of de facto Deputy Prime Minister Jason Kenney voting the way a former U.S. anti-abortion activistcould be expected to vote - we learn that the next chapter in Stephen "I Promise Not to Re-open the Abortion Date" Harper's latest reopening of the abortion debate involves sex-selective abortions. Supposedly some women terminate pregnancies because a fetus is male or female. And supposedly this is bad, and wron... more »

Japan and China 'heading for military clash'

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A military conflict between China and Japan is looming, with neither willing to back down over a disputed chain of islands, one of China's leading foreign policy experts has warned. The spat over the Diaoyu or Senkaku islands has escalated dramatically in the past month with violent protests in China. But with a national election approaching in Japan, and a change of leadership in China, politicians on both sides have refused to step back from the brink, afraid of appearing weak. "There is a danger of China and Japan having a military conflict," said Yan Xuetong, one of China's mo... more »

Big Pharma - Still Waiting for Their ALEC Return On Investment

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
** *"I would say ALEC is a good investment. * *Nowhere else can you get a return that high."* Found this on Common Dreams – an excellent example that an ALEC membership – is a great investment - with a high return. (my emphasis) *Big Pharma Medicaid Fraud Penalties at Record High* *Major pharmaceutical companies undeterred as profits continue to rise* The charges against major pharmaceutical companies accused of defrauding their Medicaid programs, include overcharging health programs, largely in the form of drug pricing fraud, as well as unlawful promotion of 'off-label' drugs (prom... more »

Chinese hackers have control of US power grid

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The company whose software and services remotely administers and monitor large sections of the US energy industry began warning customers about a sophisticated hacker attack. Telvent Canada said that digital fingerprints left behind by attackers point to a Chinese hacking group tied to repeated cyber-espionage campaigns against key Western interests. It looks like the hackers managed to get past the company firewall and security systems. In letters sent to customers last week, Telvent Canada said the attack happened on September the 10th. The attackers installed malicious softwar... more »

Assclowns of the Week #93: You Da Bomb! edition

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 7 hours ago
Well, the silly season is once again upon us and by that, I don't mean the Christmas holidays. And as looney tunes as election years typically are, I never thought I'd live to see the day when the Republican nominee for President would #1 allegedly be called "The Stench" and #2 by his own running mate and #3 when that same running mate is code-named by the top of the ticket as "Gilligan." (Pure satire, as Roger Simon, the meme's originator, assures us). And it was a typical, Looney Toons week in teh Qrazy Qaeda Quadrant. We saw Paul Ryan (10) drag Momma from the train and onto the ... more »

College students defaulting at record rate

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Student loan defaults have risen for the fifth straight year, as students from traditional non-profit universities are having an increasingly difficult time paying off their college debt. Numbers released by the Department of Education Friday show that of the 4.1 million borrowers who began making payments in late 2009 and early 2010, 9.1% defaulted within two years, up from 8.8% the year before. Experts credited the combination of skyrocketing student debt and the poor economy for the increase. Unlike previous years, when default rates rose because of borrowers at for-profit unive... more »

Save Lehman Brightman's home from foreclosure

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
** *Message from Quanah Parker Brightman* *Posted at Censored News* ** ** Go Fund Me for Lehman Brightman: *http://www.gofundme.com/ForMrBrightman* Dear Relatives, This letter is written on behalf of Lehman Brightman, a Sioux/Creek Indian who in the Lakota term is an icke wicasa, or common man, and lives by the principles of that term, in that he does not put himself above others, works as a warrior for his people, and lives his life in a good way, with respect and caring for the people. In this life there are times to be active, times to b e rest and be healed, times to stand ... more »

The Price of Fiscal Uncertainty

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 8 hours ago
I have been reading Bob Woodward's new book, *The Price of Politics*. It is a detailed recounting of the back-and-forth negotiations among President Obama's White House, the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, and the major players in the Senate regarding the debt ceiling and long-term fiscal outlook. The book is primarily an objective narrative, rather than a foaming-at-the-mouth polemic (unlike the over-the-top book *The Amateur*, which I read over the summer). Nonetheless, the story Woodward tells does not make this White House look particularly good. Woodward... more »

Do We have A Right To Know What's In Our Food? Or Should We Just Trust Monsanto To Poison Us Slowly?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Every Californian has his or her own ideas about which proposition is the most important. To prisoners convicted on 3 strikes you're out, it's all about Prop 36. To union activists Prop 32 is a like-or-death situation and for anyone on death row... well Prop 34 literally *is* a life or death situation. And if you happen to be a pimp who makes a living by trafficking in human beings-- something like modern day slavery-- you're worried that Prop 35 will pass. We'll be talking about all these propositions closer to election day. But I wanted to bring up, once again, one that *DWT* ha... more »

Satire: "Apple Advises Maps Users Not to Go Anywhere"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Apple Advises Maps Users Not to Go Anywhere"* by Andy Borowitz CUPERTINO (The Borowitz Report)— "Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook apologized for the ongoing problems with its Apple Maps app today, recommending that until it is fixed customers “should try not to go anywhere.” “Until we get this straightened out, I strongly urge you to stay at home,” Mr. Cook advised iPhone users. “That’s your best bet for not getting lost.” Even as he apologized, Mr. Cook downplayed the number of Apple customers affected by the Maps glitch: “This only impacts Apple customers who have someplace to go. F... more »

Elsewhere: Obama/Bush, Senate Tea Party

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
At Greg's place, I look at how Barack Obama's approval ratings continue to track George W. Bush's from 2004...but just a bit behind. And at PP, I argue that Tea Party primary challenges from 2010 are costing the GOP in Senate races in 2012 -- and that they'll continue to do so down the road. I've run this point out before, but I continue to think it's potentially a very big deal indeed. As I say over there, I have no idea whether there's been any effect lower on the ballot; I'd be very interested if anyone has any data on GOP quality candidates (that is, previously elected to office... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Vienna, Wien, Austria. Thanks for stopping by.

"Common Sense: A Musing"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Common Sense: A Musing"* by Craig Wiesner "Mitt Romney’s 47% comments have really been on my mind the last few days. Two things prompted me to post something here today. One, I had a long conversation with a homeless man who came by our shop on Friday. Two, Rev. Jim Burklo shared a new “musing” somewhat inspired by Gov. Romney’s secretly videotaped musings. I’ll share a bit about my Friday conversation, share all of Jim’s musing, and then close with a bit about how it all fits together. And… in case you’re wondering, the photo to the left is not Rev. Burklo or our homeless fr... more »

Surreal: Clinton Pledges $45 Million in Aid to Al Qaeda in Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 hours ago
US inundates terrorist legions with cash & support after regional embassy attacks and death of own ambassador. *by Tony Cartalucci * *September 28, 2012* - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the US would be providing an additional $45 million in "non-lethal aid" to the "opposition" in Syria, reported the Associated Press. The Western press chose their words carefully, ensuring that the term "civilian opposition" was repeatedly used to describe the armed terrorist forces attempting to violently overthrow the Syrian government. *Image: Libyan Mahdi al-Harati of the ... more »

Gordon Duff: Mossad organized US embassy attack

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Dr. Webster Tarpley* and *Dr. Steve Pieczenik* have also said that the assassination of the American ambassador in Libya was a false flag that was planned in advance of the release of the trailer for the stupid "film" titled "Innocence of Muslims." It was previously called, *"Desert Warrior."* In the video below, Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today, mentions a recent letter by U.S. nuclear expert Clinton Bastin that was sent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, American President Barack Obama, and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amato. For more, read: *Netanyahu Caugh... more »

Syria and the magic wand

Jon Western at The Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
Yesterday’s NYTimes had an op-ed from Michael Doran and Max Boot on five reasons why the U.S. should show some backbone and intervene in Syria now: 1) it will help contain Iran; 2) it will help contain the regional spread of conflict; 3) it will contain the influence of Al Qaeda and other extremists in Syria; 4) it will improve U.S. relations with regional partners; and 5) it will stop the humanitarian crisis. Syria is tragic and complicated and I certainly do not want to contribute to the narrative that says nothing can be done to protect civilians. But, it is not helpful to pret... more »

Tarpley: Foreign Jihadi Radicals In Syria Pose A Future Problem For Turkey

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago

Criminal Cartels Behind Global Trade in Illegal Timber

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Organized crime may be behind 15 to 30% of global timber trade. A U.N. report finds organized crime responsible for half to 90% of illegal logging in the Amazon basin, Africa and Southeast Asia. Japan, the United States and the European Union remain targets of illegal wood trafficking but the lion's share is destined for China. *The much heralded decline of illegal logging in the mid- 2000s in some tropical regions was widely attributed to a short-term law enforcement effort. However, long-term trends in illegal logging and trade have shown that this was temporary, and illegal logging ... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian general has said that his country's enemies will not survive if they attack Iran's nuclear sites.* A Friday report by the semiofficial ISNA news agency quotes Gen. Farzad Esmaili, chief of air defense, as saying "we vow our enemies will not survive," if they attack Iran's nuclear sites. The nuclear sites are a symbol of pride for Iran, he said, adding that "we will defend our dignity with our lives and blood." The remarks come a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the world to draw a clear "red line" to stop Iran's nuclear prog... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*(Reuters) - France unveiled an austerity budget that would tax business and the super rich, but a report showing Spain's banks needed a manageable 59 billion euros in new funds bought time for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as he seeks to avoid a bailout.* Socialist President Francois Hollande's 2013 budget amounts to France's toughest belt-tightening for 30 years as the debt crisis takes its toll on the euro zone. The package aims to narrow France's deficit to 3.0 percent of national output next year from 4.5 percent this year, bringing in 30 billion euros ($39 billion) for the tr... more »

"Major Troop Movements In The US: Headed To DC?" A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*A Comment: *As long time readers know* *I don't bother with sensationalistic nonsense on this blog, and am working to verify this information further. That said, I will tell you that I personally have seen several trains similar to the one in the video below, heading west towards California, as well as truck convoys of military and civilian tractor-trailers carrying armored personnel vehicles and what were obviously massive crates of ammunition of various kinds. There's also been a huge increase in air traffic, including planes and combat helicopters.*Something's * going on, folks,... more »

If I were a Liberal ... I would say ....

leftdog at Buckdog - 10 hours ago
*Ouch !!*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 10 hours ago
*Fifth Circuit's Reversal on Katrina Litigation Leaves Flood Victims Gasping for Air ~Robert Verchick* ~Hat Tweet @Levees.Org

Fed's Fisher says U.S. is "drowning" in unemployment

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The United States is "drowning in unemployment," its economy is running at stall speed and inflation is "not a problem," but easier monetary policy is not the answer, one of the Federal Reserve's most hawkish policymakers said on Friday. * "We've had a recovery that is quite disappointing," Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said. But without more certainty on tax policy and regulation, he said, "all the monetary accommodation in the world" will not get businesses hiring again. In particular, businesses are unable to plan for the future as long as a raft of spending c... more »

Video: Police Provocateurs Caught Inciting Violence In Spain

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
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Disagreeing (on balance) with Kevin Drum's drift!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012* *GOP polling denial:* Since returning from that federal bunker this Tuesday night, we have had our time grabbed away by a bit of a banking calamity. For that reason, we haven’t been posting at normal volume. And we haven’t followed up on Wednesday’s post about Rachel Maddow and Elizabeth Warren. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 9/26/12. But first, let’s consider Kevin Drum’s post about GOP polling denial. As Obama seems to gain in the polls, a conservative blogger named Dean Chambers has started saying the network polls are fixed. Drum says that idea is nuts—and ... more »

Was Mitch Romney Another Rightwing Chickenhawk?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Dave Letterman refers to him as "Mitch" Romney. I like it. Think it should stick. Jim Webb, a highly-decorated Vietnam Marine combat officer, has raised the notion that Mitch must have glommed on to a few deferments in his day to avoid getting called to Vietnam. *The former Marine and Navy secretary appeared to poke at Romney for receiving draft deferments during the Vietnam War.* *"Gov. Romney and I are about the same age. Like millions of others in our generation, we came to adulthood facing the harsh realities of the Vietnam War," Webb said, adding that he didn't envy or resen... more »

Dear Anti-Feminists

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
Another tragic victim of Woodworth's Wank is @roseblue's Twitter account. (@roseblue may be better known to DJ! readers as SUZY ALLCAPSLOCK.) Mid- final frothing frenzy of fetus fetishizing, SHE disappeared. Her account had been suspended and no one knows why. Though there's been some fun speculation. . . JJ found this record of her tweets. SHE's blogging still, venting her venom at -- who else? -- feminists. (No link for the usual reason.) http://www.bigbluewave.ca/2012/09/its-not-only-talk-about-unborn-that-has.html Other CONNED women and at least one patronizing male are also s... more »

Obama's "Double Tap" War Crimes

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
Barack Obama is very probably a war criminal. As Commander in Chief of a military behemoth that kills without regard to international law, Obama should be on trial if that sort of thing was conceivable in a world run on Victor's Justice. The Obama White House is big, very big on the use of heavily-armed drones to take out perceived enemies, particularly in Pakistan. We don't hear too much about what actually goes on but the drone programme is structured that way, to minimize public scrutiny. Gwynne Dyer has written an eye-opener on a favoured tactic of American drone operators - ... more »

How to Survive a Plague

Josh Busby at The Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
I am putting the finishing touches on a new book manuscript on social movements and market transformations with my co-author Ethan Kapstein. In the process of researching that book which focuses on the global AIDS treatment advocacy movement, we tried to get our hands on any relevant material. We became aware of two important documentaries that have just been released, one is David France’s *How to Survive a Plague* which captures ACT UP’s mobilization for AIDS treatment in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s. The other is Dylan Mohan Gray’s *Fire in the Blood*,which covers the... more »

Typhoon Jelawat to impact 100 million people

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 11 hours ago
[image: Projected path of Typhoon Jelawat, 28 September 2012. AccuWeather] By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist 28 September 2012 Jelawat in the Western Pacific is forecast to curve across Okinawa and the Japan mainland, bringing flooding rain, monstrous seas, and damaging winds. According to World Weather Expert Jason Nicholls, "It has turned northward as forecast and is projected to turn northeastward this weekend with direct, dangerous impacts on Japan." As of Friday, Jelawat is no longer a super typhoon. Jelawat was cruising north-northeast of the island of Luzon in ... more »


The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago

Nixon's the One

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
By the way, speaking of that Politico story: Others have overcome innate political limitations on the way to the White House, including George H.W. Bush and Richard Nixon. Did Bush have below-average campaigning skills for someone at that level? His electoral record is pretty mixed. He couldn't win statewide in Texas in two tries during an era in which Texas was competitive but still leaned Democratic. His 1980 presidential run wasn't a winner, but was hardly an embarrassment. He captured the 1988 nomination...but as a sitting vice-president; he certainly didn't win as easily as, sa... more »

Franson - Hating is a Lifestyle Choice

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
Here in Minnesota – the right wingers put a marriage amendment on our ballot for November. Every time I think about it - I think of the ad I hear on a daily basis that ends: Hating gays is a lifestyle choice. One of Minnesota’s famous right wing nut jobs was at it again. Glad it made the front page of Think Progress – otherwise I would have missed it. Minnesota incumbent State Rep. Mary Franson (R) defended her support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman during a debate last week, arguing that the measure would protect the state’s ... more »

Free-Market Healtth Care LIES!

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
Author *Physician Philip Caper of Brooklin is a founding board member of Maine AllCare, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group committed to making health care in Maine universal, accessible and affordable for all, and a member of Physicians for a National Health Program.* SNIPS from a Common Dreams Article by Caper (my emphasis) When it comes to competition and health care, let the buyer beware. *Americans have the most market-driven health care system in the world. * We are now seeing the results. We have the world’s highest health care costs, the highest rates of un- and underinsurance, s... more »

Buck McKeon-- Charged With Keeping America's Biggest Moochers Shelling Out Cash For The GOP

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
The man behind the curtain This week Frank Rich rethought a post of his from April, Sugar Daddies: The Old Rich White Men Who Are Buying This Election. It sounded dire and scary when I read it last spring... hideous, sociopathic and very dangerous plutocrats like *Harold Simmons*, David and Charles Koch, Sheldon Adelson, Irving Moscowitz, Steven Lund, Bob Perry, *Peter Thiel*, Jerry Perenchio, Robert Rowling, *Foster Friess*, William Dore, Philip Geier, *Julian Robertson*, *Robert Mercer*, Harlan Crow, *Edward Conard*, *Paul Edgerley*, *John Paulson*, Frank VanderSloot, *Paul SInge... more » 

Scientists Move to Create Genetically Modified Camels for Pharmaceutical GM Milk

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Elizabeth Renter As if genetically altered salmon, genetically modified babies, and GMO crops aren’t science fiction enough for you—soon drug makers will be using genetically modified camels in their pharmaceuticals. Yes, you read that right—camels. According to the Science and Development Network, the camels will be used to make genetically modified milk, which will then be processed into cheaper drugs. Genetically Modified Camels for Pharmaceutical GM Milk – What? The drugs from these laboratory-created camels will include insulin and clotting factors for hemophilia. They will... more »

Twenty-Two Pages of Corporate Education Advertising, Or, The Atlantic Monthly's "Special Report"

Storm at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
*This begins a series of readings concerned with the articles and images found **in the October Atlantic Monthly which promote** the "Reform Agenda" of both conservatives and liberals (as power has no pure politics). I will primarily be concerned with the conveyance of ideology. However, I have asked my Errant collaborator Doug Martin to offer investigative analysis of the interconnectedness among the authors and the groups highlighted in the issue for cultural approbation. I feel we should consider this a national manifesto detailing how our high priests of management intend to p... more »

Round-Up Produces Tumors

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Russia Suspends Import of Monsanto Corn on Health Concerns By Anne Sewell, Digital Journal 26 September 12 http://www.readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/13664-russia-suspends-import-of-monsanto-corn-on-health-concerns Majia here: Russia suspends imports on the basis of the results of this study: Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize. Food and Chemical Toxicology Gilles-Eric Séralini a,!, Emilie Clair a, Robin Mesnage a, Steeve Gress a, Nicolas Defarge a, Manuela Malatesta b, Didier Hennequin c, Joël Spiroux de Vendôm... more »

2.7 Magnitude Earthquake SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA - 28th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A magnitude 2.7 earthquake has struck the SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, CALIFORNIA at a depth of 7.2 km (4.5 miles), the quake hit at 16:25:55 UTC Friday 28th September 2012 The epicenter was 3 km (1.8 miles) ESE from Berkeley, California No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Anders Behring Breivik's speech to hit German theatre

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - A Turkish-German actress will read out Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik's bizarre courtroom speech in German theatres next month in an effort to highlight the widespread prevalence of far-right ideology in Europe.* Swiss director Milo Rau adapted the script of "Breivik's Explanation" for the German stage from an audio recording of the hour-long speech the far-right nationalist gave in April before being sentenced by an Oslo court to 21 years in prison for killing 77 people last year. Though Breivik's talk of an international underground of killers - latt... more »

French budget bashes business and whacks wealthy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*Sept. 28 - France taxes the rich and business to slash its deficit but cutting so aggressively will hurt growth says AG2R La Mondiale chief economist Philippe Brossard.*

"Gospel of Jesus' wife" fragment is fake: Vatican

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
(*Reuters) - An ancient papyrus fragment which a Harvard scholar says contains the first recorded mention that Jesus may have had a wife is a fake, the Vatican said on Friday.* "Substantial reasons would lead one to conclude that the papyrus is indeed a clumsy forgery," the Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, said in an editorial by its editor, Gian Maria Vian. "In any case, it's a fake." Joining a highly charged academic debate over the authenticity of the text, written in ancient Egyptian Coptic, the newspaper published a lengthy analysis by expert Alberto Camplani of Rome... more »

New SARS virus Not spreading easily between people: WHO

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - A new and potentially fatal virus from the same family as SARS which was discovered in a patient in London last week appears not to spread easily form person to person, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.* In an update on the virus, which has so far killed a Saudi man and made a patient from Qatar critically ill, the United Nations health agency said it was working with international partners to understand the public health risk better. "From the information available thus far, it appears that the novel coronavirus cannot be easily transmitted from per... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 13 hours ago
*A Reverend Harold Davidson, from NORFOLK, who liked young girls.**Website for this image* Anonymous left this comment on the post "BODY ON QUEEN'S NORFOLK ESTATE - SUSPECTS RELEASED": "Recently a top policeman was found dead... "This policeman was asking questions about child brothels near a Norfolkairbase." Anonymous points out that this same policeman investigated suspected vote rigging when Tony Blair's friend Margaret Hodge (Oppenheim), former minister for Children, became the member of parliament for Barking. *Jeff Chevalier, the male prostitute who had dinner with Tony Bl... more »

Syrians moved some chemical weapons to boost security: U.S

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Syrians have moved some of their chemical weapons capability to better secure it, but the country's main chemical weapons sites remain intact and secure under government control, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Friday, citing U.S. intelligence.* Responding to questions about the security of Syria's chemical weapons sites, Panetta said U.S. intelligence showed the major Syrian sites were secure in government hands, but some chemicals had been moved. It was not clear when the movement took place, or even if it was recent, but Panetta told a Pentagon news conf... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION - 28th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 21.4 km (13.3 miles), the quake hit at 15:36:26 UTC Friday 28th September 2012 The epicenter was 77 km (48 miles) North from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

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Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 13 hours ago

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF CALIFORNIA - 28th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the GULF OF CALIFORNIA at a depth of 27.7 km (17.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:24:54 UTC Friday 28th September 2012 The epicenter was 52 km (32.2 miles) North of La Paz, Mexico No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago

Great ape habitat in Africa has dramatically declined – ‘Many of the ape populations we still find today will disappear in the near future’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: Bonobos have less far territory to roam. Great apes, such as gorillas, chimps, and bonobos, are running out of places to live, says a 2012 study. Scientists have recorded a dramatic decline in the amount of habitat suitable for great apes, according to the first such survey across the African continent. BBC] By Matt Walker, Editor, BBC Nature 28 September 2012 Great apes, such as gorillas, chimps, and bonobos, are running out of places to live, say scientists. They have recorded a dramatic decline in the amount of habitat suitable for great apes, according to the first s... more »

President Klaus survives "assassination attempt"

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
There's a national holiday in the Czech Republic today. We call it the Day of Czech Statehood. On September 28th, 935 – or perhaps 929 – Good King Wenceslaus (later St Wenceslas, the patron of the Czech nation) whom you know from a Christmas Carol was murdered by his brother Boleslav the Cruel. It's probably unusual to celebrate anniversaries of the assassination but that's how it works here. No one knows the exact birthday of the king in 907, anyway. Today it's also the name day of all people called Václav (=Wenceslaus) – a traditionally popular first Czech name that was als... more »

Listening to myself

Sophia at American Kabuki - 13 hours ago
Every now and again, when faced with a seemingly irresolvable issue, I set an intention for the “highest and best for all concerned”, get in a quiet, meditative state, and write out a question. Then I listen. Sometimes the answers come loudly and quickly! They are recorded with my non-dominant hand. There is less editing that way, as my logical brain is occupied with making the pen work. The following conversation happened because of some current physical issues. These were things I assumed were fully healed and repaired. Maybe the answers will help you as well; we are On... more »

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