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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

29 September - Blogs I'm Following

10:56 am MDST

What 1500 ping-pong balls can do....

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 9 minutes ago
Link: http://youtu.be/4dRJ7fyH_nk Just try it.... Any idea about some useful applications? John

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MINDORO, PHILIPPINES - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 minutes ago
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck MINDORO, PHILIPPINES at a depth of 186.1 km (115.6 miles), the quake hit at 14:12:04 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 4 km (2.4 miles) Northeast of Hukay, Philippines No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Water Under the California Bridge

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 47 minutes ago
*It's Chinatown all over again.... * "New water tunnel system announced FRESNO — Governor Jerry Brown is set to reignite the state’s *water war*s when he announces plans this week to build a massive twin *tunnel system*to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities. Already the $23.7 billion proposal is facing heavy criticism. Opponents say the tunnels will *suck more water from the already fragile delta*, further harming its fisheries, increasing costs for water users and devastating the area’s agricultural-based economy." "Calif., federal officia... more »

The Anaheim Aberration

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 53 minutes ago
*From what I read on the blogs these protests went on for weeks, and yet all I received was a one-day wonder. What's more, the coverage is a complete distortion.* "Mom condemns violent protests in wake of Anaheim police shooting" by Gillian Flaccus | Associated Press, July 26, 2012 ANAHEIM, Calif. — The mother of a *man who was shot* by *Anaheim police officers* has condemned *violent protests against* the killing, saying Wednesday she did not want them to become her son’s legacy.... * * *Yeah, the protesters were violent, yup. * * * *I've noticed that the elitist corporate press ... more »

Nunavut, RCMP target unsafe gun storage after dozens of firearm incidents

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
Guns are a necessary tool in the North -- but as in the South they are tools that need to be respected: IQALUIT, Nunavut - RCMP and the Nunavut government are trying to change the territory's culture around the safe storage of firearms in response to dozens of gun incidents that have threatened police and civilians. Hunting is part of life in the North, said Chief Supt. Steve McVarnock, but too often hunters coming in off the land don't take immediate steps to deactivate their guns. "That's the type of mindset we want to start right from the get-go. When you come back to the comm... more »

what's on the moon ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
...no, there's nothing on the moon, go back to sleep. (moon rising)


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago

Iranian troops now possibly in Lebanon and Syria, armed with Syrian chemical weapons

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The sabotage of the Fordo uranium enrichment facility’s power lines on Aug. 17 gave Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu extra leeway to move his original red line for Iran from late September 2012 – now – to the spring or early summer of 2013. The disruption of the underground enrichment plant's power supply caused several of the advanced IR-1 and IR-4 centrifuges producing the 20-percent grade uranium to burst into flames. Work was temporarily halted and the accumulation of 240 kilos for Iran’s first nuclear bomb slowed down by at least six months, debkafile’s intelligence s... more »

A Pre-Post-Mortem on Romney’s Defeat

Robert E Kelly at The Duck of Minerva - 1 hour ago
[image: 47-percent-e1348073613111] It increasingly looks like Romney is gonna lose. Intratrade now puts that likelihood at 75%. Now it’s my understanding from the American politics subfield, in which I took exactly zero courses in grad school, that the state of the economy is supposed to be the great determiner of American elections. But somehow Romney can’t seem to win despite 8+% unemployment. So I’ll take that as a methodological opening for wild speculation - namely my own - masquerading as rigorous theory. Given my masterful background in this field, which includes watching *M... more »

Concert of Asia in Crisis

Vikash Yadav at The Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
The often maligned aspiration for a "Concert of Asia" appears to be even more unlikely this year as Japan and China trade barbs at the UN and spray water cannons at each other over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. Meanwhile in Southeast Asia, China has succeeded in fracturing the unity of ASEAN ministers over disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea. Even though these conflicts are unlikely to lead to war, the disputes matter because they influence whether the region will become increasingly bi-polar or whether an international institution/society will be... more »

Chechen ex-militant: Georgia trained anti-Russian terrorists, then killed them in false flag op

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Russia Today A former Chechen militant has accused Georgia of training a network of Islamic terrorists, claiming that a recent anti-terrorist mission on the border with Russia was in fact a pseudo-operation targeting Georgian-trained jihadists. Last month Georgia claimed its forces had killed 11 militants who infiltrated the country through the Russian republic of Dagestan in a special operation personally led by the Georgian interior minister. But Khizri Aldamov, who was an emissary of Chechen militants in Georgia for 18 years, before switching sides and returning to the fold o... more »

Romney Shrugged

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 2 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg One casual observation I suspect of having some merit is that people who complain a lot about some failing in others are covering up something similar in themselves. Perhaps those who make such a constant noise about large numbers of our countrymen being freeloaders while covering themselves in self-adulation would give weight to the conjecture. Are they really getting a raw deal? One certainly does hear more than enough fiction from the Republican Party's candidates about welfare queens driving Cadillacs and the stifling of initiative that comes from subsidized sch... more »

Blaming the Victims

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 2 hours ago
Little more than a month before Election Day, Barack Obama today played yet another off-key rendition of Ronald Reagan's Welfare Queen Concerto. Crooning the tired old refrain of "Blame the Victims", he has feebly serenaded the ignored and still-ongoing American housing crisis. While Mitt Romney is a ham-handed plutocrat stupid enough to shrill his hatred for the underclass in an unsecured fund-raiser, Barack Obama is more deftly circumspect in his disdain for poor people. Instead of placing the blame for the housing mess squarely where it belongs -- on the too big to fail banks and... more »

Baekdusan: Volcano in N. Korea showing signs of activity, may have "catastrophic effects"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
A volcano on the border of China and North Korea is showing signs of increasing activity and could erupt in the next few decades, Chinese researchers say. A massive eruption of Baekdusan around 1,100 years ago spread ash and volcanic gases for 30 miles and left a 3-mile-wide crater atop the volcano, scientists said. Three smaller eruptions have occurred since then, the most recent in 1903, they said. Seismic activity, ground deformation and gas emissions recorded in a period of heightened activity from 2002 to 2006 suggests the magma chamber beneath the volcano is growing. This ... more »

In America, Journalists Are Considered Terrorists

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Washington's Blog [image: In America, Journalists Are Considered Terrorists]*Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com.* While Government Pretends America Values Freedom of the Press, Real Journalists Are Treated As Terrorists We’ve previously noted that American journalists are an endangered species (click on the links for stunning details): If they criticize those in power, they may be smeared by the government and targeted for arrest (and see this). Indeed, because the core things which reporters do could be considered terrorism, in modern America, they could even targeted ... more »

Cyber Attack on US Banks is an Obvious False Flag

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 2 hours ago
Eric Blair Over a month ago we featured an article titled *The NWO Agenda Would Move Forward with This One Simple Act*, which stated the one event that could accomplish all of the agenda's goals in one shot would be "a false flag cyber attack on Western banking institutions that they can pin on Iran." Please watch this exact scenario unfold in this short ABC news clip from a few days ago: With President Obama ready to sign an executive order to control the Internet in the name of cyber security, could it be more obvious that this "cyber attack" is a total set up? Especially since ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 2 hours ago
*Corps of Engineers to charge taxpayers extra for flood control!* *New Orleans Saints Look to Earn First Win of 2012 at Lambeau Field* *NOPD, NOFD running large budget deficits* *Plaquemines Parish pushes for assistance for flood victims*

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

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Land Destroyer Tony Catalucci US inundates terrorist legions with cash & support after regional embassy attacks and death of own ambassador. 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... more »

Paper on Parade: The Diaoyutai Islands on Taiwan’s Official Maps: Pre- and Post-1971

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
*At this moment, for example, in 1984 (if it was 1984), Oceania was at war with Eurasia and in alliance with Eastasia. In no public or private utterance was it ever admitted that the three powers had at any time been grouped along different lines. Actually, as Winston well knew, it was only four years since Oceania had been at war with Eastasia and in alliance with Eurasia. But that was merely a piece of furtive knowledge which he happened to possess because his memory was not satisfactorily under control. Officially the change of partners had never happened. Oceania was at war wi... more »

Cloud Of What Over Fukushima Plant?

Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
I captured this image from the Tepco webcam. I accidentally cut off the date and time but I took the screen shot at about 1:00 9-28 as marked on the Tepco webcam: <img alt="" src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAYcAAAD0CAIAAAD/vX3yAAAgAElEQVR4nOy9eYxkyXngR091N4czlEVpLh7TVfleRHxfHO9+ed93HVl3VVffx/QM5+KcHM6MVlgYXsBYy/AhyMJCa693bQNrrAADXtGUfAm0lqJWWmkpmZDk9epY65jhMTzEW6RMiu0/4r3IyMyqnh6KfyywEwg0srMyX74j4hffHe/44Ic+9OTf+bl//N/+4+f/9k9/+vNf//j/8b/+nb/7X/3ul2699uXv/smXfpD+ma/d+oM//pM///xXXvvKX7/2F989qX/ma7f+5LU3Pv0Hf/7Zr9+6zcfe7m/3t/sPq7/xzVuf+O0/+uef+r//zetf/Nf/72vDx/+eu/ez... more » 

The Anaheim Aberration

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
*From what I read on the blogs these protests went on for weeks, and yet all I received was a one-day wonder. What's more, the coverage is a complete distortion.* "Mom condemns violent protests in wake of Anaheim police shooting" by Gillian Flaccus | Associated Press, July 26, 2012 ANAHEIM, Calif. — The mother of a *man who was shot* by *Anaheim police officers* has condemned *violent protests against* the killing, saying Wednesday she did not want them to become her son’s legacy.... * * *Yeah, the protesters were violent, yup. * * * *I've noticed that the elitist corporate press ... more »

New Yorker magazine editor says Netanyahu is 'arrogant and dangerous'

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
Haaretz *David Remnick accuses the Prime Minister of endangering Israel and making himself a factor in the U.S. elections.* New Yorker magazine editor and Pulitzer-Prize winning author David Remnick accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday of endangering Israel, interfering in U.S. elections and aligning with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a "neocon strategy" against U.S. President Obama. In a biting blog post in the magazine on Wednesday, Remnick accused Netanyahu of doing more “than any other political figure to embolden and elevate the reactiona... more »

Bibi’s Crazy UN Speech: Medievalist poses as champion of “modernity”

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
Sabbah Justin Raimondo It's no wonder the Israeli Foreign Ministry initially held back from releasing a transcript of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the UN General Assembly: Bibi's wackiness doesn't bear close scrutiny. Perhaps "wacky" isn't quite the right word for his 40-minute peroration, during which he pulled out a bomb "diagram" and a red marker to illustrate where he would draw a "red line" defining the outer limits of Iran's nuclear program. Cartoonish is more like it. The cartoonish quality of the bomb drawing underscored the content and tone of the speech,... more »

Obama in Oakland

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 3 hours ago
"Police radios fail during Obama visit" Associated Press, July 27, 2012 OAKLAND, Calif. — This city’s year-old $18 million *police radio system* *failed repeatedly* during President *Obama’s visit to Oakland* Monday and during protests surrounding it. Many of the 100 police officers assigned to presidential security duty that day were unable at times to communicate through their radios with police dispatchers, and even with each other, during the president’s fund-raiser at a downtown theater, according to the head of the city’s police union.... * * *I'm just wondering if it was a **... more »

We Are the 94 Per Cent

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 3 hours ago
I'm going to type this very sloooowly for the hard of thinking. Chris Selley, in commenting on the soundly defeated anti-abortion gambitthat was Woodworth's Wank, puts the number of Canadians who want to outlaw abortion in the 3-5% range. I'll be more generous to the fetus fetishists and go with a poll published July 4 this year. Six percent believe that abortion 'should not be permitted under any circumstances'. Which leaves 94% believing that abortion should be permitted under any or some circumstances. Are we clear now? Canada is pro-choice. Any attempt to outlaw or restrict... more »

Charlie Crist, Democrat?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Bringing the word "DINO" to new heights Nothing personal but *The Hill* story on Charlie Crist raising campaign funds for Patrick Murphy is what you'd have to call "shoddy reporting." They assert that the fundraising is "the latest sign he's trying to ingratiate himself with the state's Democrats ahead of a possible run for governor in 2014." But they're missing an important piece of the puzzle. Although Murphy, who's running against war criminal and Tea Party extremist Allen West, bills himself a "Democrat," he's a lifelong Republican and not only contributed money to Mitt Romney,... more »

Justin's Time

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
Justin Trudeau has concluded that it's now or never. He's probably right. But we still need to know whether or not he's the right choice. Andrew Coyne writes: We have no idea what kind of leader he would make for the Liberal party. We don’t know what his plans are to rebuild the party, or what direction he would take it, or where he would concentrate its meagre resources. We have a hint of his tenacity — winning the nomination and then the election in Papineau, beating Senator Patrick Brazeau in a boxing match — but we don’t know whether he has what it takes generally to be a le... more »

Round up: One Third of Taiwan firms in China Kaput?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*Taipei rush hour traffic insanity*. China Post posts: Taiwan's intelligence chief yesterday warned that *one in every three *Taiwanese companies based in China are facing closure this year due to rapidly decreasing profits, a media reports said. *Another 30 percent of Taiwanese firms are also “struggling” in China*, Tsai Der-sheng, head of the National Security Bureau, told a parliamentary session without giving details, the United Evening News reported. “There is both risk and opportunity to invest in China. However, we can not deny the benefits of economic exchanges between T... more »

David Cameron hints at EU referendum after election.....He also Promised this during Last election

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*David Cameron has given his clearest hint yet that he will back a referendum on Britain's relationship with the EU if the Tories win the next election.* He said there will be opportunities for the British people to give "fresh consent" to the UK's EU membership. Closer economic ties between eurozone countries "will give us opportunities for changing our relationship with Europe", he said. However, he added he thought it was not in Britain's interest to leave the EU. The prime minister has faced calls to back an in/out referendum from his own MPs, 81 of whom rebelled against the ... more »

What the Kids Did This Summer

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 4 hours ago
*Well, we know they are not reading the Boston Globe -- which means they are a heck of a lot smarter than me (although I must confess, I have hardly read them this last week and month. I guess their is only so much insulting elitist supremacism, Jewish war propaganda, and other agenda-pu$hing lies one can take. I know you've seen it before, but working on a new format).* "When teens can’t find jobs elsewhere, parents do the hiring" by Bella English | Globe Staff, July 19, 2012 Will Boynton is 17, lives in Newburyport, and put in dozens of applications for a summer job. He applied ... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck OAXACA, MEXICO at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 11:53:59 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 22 km (13 miles) ESE of Cuajinicuilapa, Mexico No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Dollar Hegemony in the Empire of the Damned

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
Global Research Colin Todhunter Many commentators and economists wonder if the US is able to turn its ailing economy around. The reality is that it is bankrupt. However, as long as the dollar remains the world currency, the US can continue to pay its bills by simply printing more money. But once the world no longer accepts the dollar as world reserve currency, the US will no longer be able to continue to pay its way or to fund its wars by relying on what would then be a relatively valueless paper currency. And the US realises this. Today, more than 60 per cent of all foreign cur... more »

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION at a depth of 28.2 km (17.5 miles), the quake hit at 11:24:33 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 216 km (134 miles) SSW from Misha, Nicobar Islands, India No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

US aims to destabilize Iran by dropping opposition group from terror list

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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4.5 Magnitude Earthquake RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA at a depth of 35.2 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 11:00:18 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 105 km (65 miles) SSW of Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

McIntyre Pushes Forward in Knoxville with Proven Failures

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
Despite a summer smackdown on a planned budget increase for teacher bonus pay based on test scores, and despite the Vanderbilt study that demonstratedthat perf pay is a divisive waste of time and money, Eli Broad's poodle superintendent, Jim McIntyre, forges on. The question Knox County taxpayers should be asking: Which legitimate programs are being neglected to fund this bonus pay plan with a demonstrated track record of failure in Nashville, Chicago, and New York? When will Knoxville voters demand the Board get a superintendent with children's interest in mind, rather than kowt... more »

Is The End of Monsanto Near? Prop 37 Succeeding as Nations Ban GMO Crops

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
Anthony Gucciardi Is the end of Monsanto within reach? It has certainly been a rough couple of weeks for the mega corporation as the real dangers surrounding GMOs are being brought to the attention of consumers on a global scale like never before. It all started with the monumental French study finding a serious link between the consumption of Monsanto’s Roundup-drenched GMOs and massive tumors. Being called the ‘most thorough’ research ever published on the real health effects of GMOs, the study led to even larger victories. After the study not only did France call for a poten... more »

Raw Milk Co-Op Farmer Acquitted Through Jury Nullification

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
J.G. Vibes Last week a Minnesota man charged with violating the state's restrictions on raw milk sales was acquitted in what he and his supporters called a victory for consumer freedom. Alvin Schlangen is a peaceful farmer who connects people with the food sources that meet their high standards for health by providing private access under lawful ownership of farm animals. the member owners pay the Amish farm family for labor to milk the leased 100% grass-fed cows, manage the pasture, store the feed, etc. This co-op is a sustainable farming effort where the value of food sup... more »

Russian General: US is a Hostage to the Global Mafia Who Did 9/11

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
*Youtube* Konstantin P. Petrov (August 23, 1945, Noginsk, Moscow Region - July 21, 2009, Moscow) - Soviet and Russian military leader, a Russian social and political activist. Candidate of Technical Sciences. Member of International Informatization Academy. Major-General. Prematurely discharged from the Armed Forces in November 1995. Chairman of the Presidium of the Central Council of the political party "Course of Truth and Unity." Head of the department at the Udmurt State University. Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Chang... more » 

You Didn't Kill That!

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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Wake the F*ck Up! - A Rebuttal

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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NWO: The Enemy of Humanity - Mural Project

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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Mystery virus sickens THOUSANDS of German school children

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*An outbreak of an unknown virus in eastern Germany has made 4,000 school children ill. It is believed contaminated school lunches are to blame, causing excessive vomiting and diarrhoea among young sufferers.* Anke Protze who works for the Chemnitz Health Bureau, explains the nature of the illness. “There are serious and not so serious cases - some children had to be hospitalised. With this sickness you have an enormous loss of fluids and minerals. That means the first thing to do is not give antibiotics but replace the fluids,” she said. Several schools have closed their doors as... more »

Bankrupt Cities, Municipalities List and Map

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Many local governments across the U.S. face steep budget deficits as they struggle to pay off debts accumulated over years. As a last resort, some have filed for bankruptcy. * * *Governing is tracking the issue, and will update this page as more municipalities seek bankruptcy protection. The majority of Chapter 9 bankruptcy filings have been submitted by utility authorities, special districts and other taxing entities. In Omaha, Neb., nine Sanitary and Improvement Districts have filed for bankruptcy since 2010. It's also important to note that only about half of states allow munic... more »

Economic collapse is inevitable, here’s why…

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*America is quickly approaching a catastrophic economic collapse. Before you dismiss this as hype or paranoia, take a few minutes to review the facts outlined on this page. The numbers don’t lie. At this point, the dollar crash is unavoidable… far from an exaggeration this is a mathematical certainty. As repelling as that sounds, it’s in your own best interest to learn just how bad the situation is.* According to the talking heads of mainstream press the economy is slowly recovering and the financial crisis is all but behind us, but we need a reality check. It’s time to stop being ... more »


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Whether it’s Israel maybe pre-emptively striking Iran, Afghanistan spiralling into sectarian violence, Libya becoming home base for Al-Qaeda, or Syria continuing to be the site of a government-led genocide, there’s no shortage of potential dirty wars and ominous harbingers in the Middle East and Central Asia. While everyone is focusing on the recent turmoil in Benghazi, a new kind of conflict is rising in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan that could eventually lead to the first water war of the 21st century.* It’s fair to say that when Louise Arbour, the hard-ass former UN prosecutor of w... more »

Afghan schools and clinics built by British military forced to close

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Schools and health centres built by the British in Afghanistan as part of the military's counter-insurgency strategy are being forced to close down because President Karzai's government cannot afford to pay for them, the Guardian has learned.* Britain has spent hundreds of millions of pounds in the province over the last six years building and restoring services decimated by conflict and the years of Taliban rule. But the Guardian has been told that a confidential report compiled this year warned that some of the buildings in Helmand were constructed without enough consultation w... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 22.6 km (14 miles), the quake hit at 10:11:15 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 243 km (151 miles) ESE from Hachinohe, Honshu, Japan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

In 2012, more soldiers have died from suicide than combat

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*The US army has instigated a service-wide "stand down" today, Thursday 27 September, so that soldiers can focus on suicide prevention training. In 2012, more soldiers have died from suicide than combat. The army isn't ignoring the problem and trying to be proactive. The same can be said for how the US deals with its veterans, which gives me pause for thought.* When I left the British army, in 2010, I became a veteran – though that is barely recognised or relevant in the UK. You become a straightforward civilian, severed from your military past. But when I went to study in the US, ... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION at a depth of 10.1 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 09:52:49 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 157 km (98 miles) East from Chichi-shima, Bonin Islands, Japan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Top Five Worst Obamacare Taxes Coming in 2013

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Of the twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare, below are the five worst that will be foisted upon Americans for the first time on January 1, 2013.* The Obamacare Medical Device Tax – a $20 billion tax increase: Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. In addition to killing small business jobs and impacting research and development budgets, this will increase the cost of your health care – making everything from ... more »

Peter King calls for Susan Rice’s resignation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Rep. Peter King called for the resignation Friday of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice for initially saying that the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was spontaneous.* “I believe that this was such a failure of foreign policy messag[ing] and leadership, such a misstatement of facts as was known at the time … for her to go on all of those shows and in effect be our spokesman for the world and be misinforming the American people and our allies and countries around the world, to me, somebody has to pay the price for this,” the chairman o... more »

Dead one, dozens injured in Explosions at Chemical plant in Hyogo Pref., Japan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*OSAKA (Kyodo) -- A firefighter died and dozens of other people were injured in explosions at a chemical factory in Hyogo Prefecture on Saturday, local fire department and police officials said.* The explosions occurred as firefighters were trying to control a fire that broke out at Nippon Shokubai Co.'s plant in Himeji, western Japan, and also caused a nearby fire engine to catch fire, according to the officials. Firefighter Nagahiro Yamamoto, 28, died of burns all over his body, they said. At least 17 others, including police officers and plant workers, sustained serious or sligh... more »

Iraq jailbreak: 15 Killed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(CNN) -- At least 15 people died and dozens more were injured in a dramatic jailbreak in northern Iraq, an Interior Ministry official said Friday.* Armed men detonated two car bombs Thursday at the gates of a jail in Tikrit. The explosions triggered clashes with security forces and led to the escape of 80 prisoners. Ten security forces and five prisoners died. Twenty security forces and 20 prisoners were wounded. The assailants wore police uniforms and used cars similar to those driven by police, a police source told the National Iraqi News Agency. The attackers took over the Ta... more »

State media: China launches 2nd satellite for Venezuela

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(CNN) -- China launched a second satellite for the Venezuelan government Saturday, state media reported, days before President Hugo Chavez runs for re-election. * The observation satellite named Miranda launched from the northwestern Chinese province of Gansu. It is Venezuela's second satellite in orbit, according to the Venezuela State News Agency, AVN. The first one -- a telecommunications satellite -- was launched by China in 2008. It is named after Venezuelan independence hero, Simon Bolivar, the news agency said. President Hugo Chavez, along with cabinet members and the Chine... more »

Typhoon Jelawat roars over Japan's island of Okinawa

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(CNN) -- Typhoon Jelawat roared over the Japanese island of Okinawa on Saturday, weather agencies said, the latest to hit the region in recent weeks.* The typhoon is expected to rake the east coast of the mainland before making there Sunday. Jelawat is a "very strong" storm with maximum sustained winds near the center of just over 100 mph (165 km/h), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. A NASA advisory said the cyclone was comparable to a category 3 hurricane. If it maintains its current path straight up the Ryukyu island chain, the center should roll ashore the mainland south ... more » 

Syrian rebels claim knowledge of chemical weapons sites...Would you trust these Rebels with chemical weapons?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(CNN) -- A series of videos uploaded to YouTube by Syrian activists suggests rebels are beginning to focus on where Bashar al-Assad's regime stores its chemical weapons.* At the same time, a former senior officer in the Syrian Army who says he was chief of staff of chemical warfare has told CNN that Iranian technicians are helping with the regime's research into chemical weapons. He also said they could be easily transferred by the regime to Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia organization that fought a border conflict with Israel in 2006. The videos were first uploaded in July. Narr... more »

US to Iran: Stop shipping arms to Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(CNN) -- The United States warned Iran to stop providing arms to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad even as it announced millions of dollars in non-lethal support for the opposition attempting to oust the government.* Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on neighboring countries of Syria to take steps to prevent their land and airspace from being used by Iran to transport weapons to al-Assad's forces. "The regime's most important lifeline is Iran," Clinton told reporters Friday at a gathering of the Friends of Syria, an ad hoc group meeting in the shadow of the U.N. General Ass... more »

FRENCH AUSTERITY: Could tough budget spark financial war?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(CNN) -- The announcement was carefully staged and the tone decidedly solemn. When French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault faced the cameras on Friday morning in Paris, at the Elysee Palace, to divulge President Francois Hollande's first budget, he appropriately talked of a "combat" budget. * The French daily newspaper Lib√©ration even commented that "a state of (financial) war had been declared." Having had to find an extra 30 billion euros, notably from the wealthiest taxpayers' pockets, the 2013 French budget has been heralded as the tightest since the Second World War. France i... more »

Canada aware of two cyber attacks, won't say if China involved

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Canada said on Friday it was aware of an attempt by hackers to target a domestic energy company, the second time in 24 hours Ottawa had acknowledged a cyber security attack against a Canadian firm.* In both cases the Canadian government declined to comment on reports which suggested a Chinese connection. The news comes at an awkward time for Canada's Conservative government, which is deciding whether to approve a landmark $15.1 billion bid by China's CNOOC Ltd to take over Canadian oil producer Nexen Inc. Some Conservative legislators are wary of the proposed CNOOC tak... more »

Four members of former Yemen president's party killed in ambush

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Armed men killed four members of the political party of Yemen's ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh in an ambush outside Sanaa on Friday night, the party said.* General People's Congress officials were travelling on the road to Maareb province when attacked, the party's website said. Eight were wounded. It was not clear if the group was targeted because of its party affiliation and a tribal source in al-Jawf where some of the men worked said it could have been a tribal vendetta. Saleh was forced to step down as president in February after a year-long uprising. Restori... more »

Czech Republic president attacked with an air gun

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Sept. 29 - The president of the Czech Republic is attacked with an air gun at a public event, but suffers no injuries. Sarah Charlton reports.*

U.S. plan for emergency Egypt aid hits roadblock

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday that it planned to transfer $450 million to Egypt to help the country's new government, but the move was quickly blocked by a skeptical lawmaker who said she saw no immediate need for the cash infusion.* Representative Kay Granger, the Texas Republican who chairs the House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee for foreign operations, said the administration's $450 bailout proposal for Egypt was premature. "This proposal comes to Congress at a point when the U.S. - Egypt relationship has never been under more... more »

Operation: Whole Foods Hidden Camera GMO Sting -

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
25 September 2012 Organic Spies conducted an undercover hidden camera sting of Whole Foods Market for selling unlabeled GMO foods. This film shows why Whole Foods has given no money to Proposition 37, the California ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods. Whole Foods has sold unlabeled GMOs created by Monsanto for over a decade. Find us on Facebook: Facebook.com/OrganicSpy Source: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Agriculture-Society/217990047058

BBC newspeak on mob hate crimes against Roma in France

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 7 hours ago
So, here's a short note on a piece of news reporting that upset me quite a bit yesterday night. Partly this is due to the nature of the events described, bearing evidence of the French authorities' increased acceptance of lawless harassment against Roma people, thus setting aside basic obligations to tend to human rights, rule of law and legal security. But even more so, *the way* in which these events are described upset me. Especially considering the source being not the press office of the Front Nationale or the British National Party, but actually the BBC. Basically, what is ... more »

U.S., Gulf countries seek to advance missile defense plan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The United States and its Gulf partners are looking to deepen cooperation on missile defense as tensions rise with Iran, and announcements could come soon on new purchases, U.S. officials said on Friday. * Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) officials in New York as Washington seeks to boost regional defenses against perceived Iranian threats. "Our aim is to help our Gulf partners with their defense needs ... there is a missile threat that they face, we want to help them face that threat as best they can," one senior U.S. official... more »

Obama blocks Chinese wind farm in Oregon

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - President Barack Obama blocked on Friday a privately owned Chinese company from building wind turbines close to a Navy military site in Oregon due to national security concerns, and the company said it would challenge the action in court.* The rare presidential order to divest interests in the wind farms comes as Obama campaigns for a second term against Republican Mitt Romney, who has accused him of being soft on China. Ralls Corp, which had been installing wind turbine generators made in China by Sany Group, has four wind farm projects that are within or in the vici... more »

CVR Wynnewood, Oklahoma refinery boiler blast kills worker

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - One worker was killed in a boiler explosion on Friday at CVR Energy Inc.'s 70,000 barrel per day (bpd) Wynnewood, Oklahoma, refinery, a company spokeswoman said in a statement. * Another refinery employee was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital, according to Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes. There was no fire following the blast, which occurred at about 6:20 p.m. local time (1120 GMT) because the refinery was shut down for a 40-day overhaul, Rhodes said. "There was no threat to Wynnewood or the surrounding communities," Rhodes said. Neither the company nor Rhodes gav... more »

Labour isn't learning

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
The Conservatives have gone negative with their latest poster campaign. I approve as the public need to be constantly reminded that the current Labour leadership were at the heart of the last Labour government, the government that destroyed the UK's economy.

Somalia's al Shabaab rebels pull out of Kismayu bastion

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab rebels withdrew from their last major bastion of Kismayu overnight, the group and residents said, a day after Kenyan and Somali government forces attacked the southern port.* The loss of Kismayu will deal a major blow to the al Qaeda-linked movement, weakening morale and depriving it of revenue, but is unlikely to mark the end of its five-year rebellion. The insurgents, who once controlled large swathes of the lawless Horn of Africa country, have been turning to guerrilla-style tactics, harrying the country's weak government with suicide bombings a... more »

China seeks to discredit Bo, supporters cry foul

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
* (Reuters) - The Chinese government pressed ahead on Saturday with an effort to discredit fallen politician Bo Xilai, drawing an outcry from leftist supporters of the former leadership contender in a sign of the rifts that his prosecution could inflame.* Once a charismatic yet divisive star who stood out on China's stolid political stage, Bo is almost sure to face trial and jail after the ruling Communist Party announced his expulsion on Friday and issued a list of allegations: bending the law to hush up a murder, taking huge bribes and engaging in "improper sexual relations with ... more »

U.S. intelligence now says Benghazi attack "deliberate and organized"

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence authority issued an unusual public statement on Friday declaring it now believed the September 11 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, was a "deliberate and organized terrorist attack."* The statement by the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledged that it represented a change in the U.S. intelligence assessment of how and why the attack happened. During the attack on two U.S. government compounds in the eastern Libyan city, four U.S. personnel, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were ki... more »

Pilot Error 'Likely Cause' Of Nepal Jet Crash

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*A plane crash in Nepal that killed all 19 people on board, including seven Britons, was probably caused by pilot error, officials have said.* The aircraft, which was taking trekkers from the capital Kathmandu to the town of Lukla before they went on an expedition to Mount Everest, came down shortly after take-off. It had been claimed the pilot of the twin-propeller Sita Air plane had reported hitting a bird, thought to be a vulture or kite, moments before the crash and this may have caused the crash. But aviation ministry official Suresh Acharya said the pilot turned too sharply ... more »

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck OAXACA, MEXICO at a depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 07:11:13 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 7 km (4.3 miles) Southeast of Cuajinicuilapa, Mexico No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF OREGON - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF OREGON at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 06:17:07 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 290 km (180 miles) WNW of Barview, Oregon No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake APURE, VENEZUELA - 29th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck APURE, VENEZUELA at a depth of 38.7 km (24 miles), the quake hit at 05:26:11 UTC Saturday 29th September 2012 The epicenter was 30 km (15.5 miles) Northeast of Cubara, Colombia No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time 

Amazing Medical Advances Healing Wounded Troops

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
It is obvious that a revolution is under way in terms of tissue restoration. For that reason, money is rapidly flowing into the sector and results are accelerating. This is great. Most problems are approaching solvability and the day of the handicapped is ending inside the lifetimes of even middle aged victims. It will be a very welcome development and will release a lot of human energy. Accidents will always happen and restoration is a welcome option. *Amazing Medical Advances Heal Wounded Troops* *By MARILYNN MARCHIONE 09/10/12 04:26 AM ET [image: AP]* *Tom C... more »

Sinusitis Linked to Microbial Diversity

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
The good news is that restoring a natural microbial foundation will induce recovery. Doing that is the trick. My own problem was solved by the application of dilute hydrogen peroxide. This obviously blew out the microbes and then natural restoration rest the colonies. It also explains the general failure of antibiotics as a curative. Not only are the antibiotics internal to an external issue, the reduction of the colonies will never be complete and their recovery will likely mirror the original situation. At least now we know which is which and can target the prob... more »


arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Welcome o the blindness of outright appeasement. It will gain nothing except accelerating body bags throughout the world. Barbarism always mistakes civilization for weakness. Sometimes they are right. Today the toys available are somewhat more serious and the potential for a atomic bomb in their hands is as real as it could ever be. Worse, the potential for a dirty bomb is already real. Just what do you think that Iran is manufacturing? Now imagine an Improvised Explosive Device loaded with waste radioactives loaded into a container and arriving at a port near you. My poi... more »

Cuban Subsea Pyramid Complex

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
It appears that they have taken the sonar data and successfully reconstructed a 3D image of the structure lying on the ocean floor just off Cuba. This is solid and completely convincing. I got this link originally from Dale Drinnon in his recent Frontiers of Antropology. More importantly these structures are certainly contemporaneous with the Egyptian complex whatever is been said. This means inspired by the Atlantean Bronze Age sea trade based civilization of which we have posted extensively. Way more important in terms of my many interlinked conjectures, this confi... more »

MacKay Marches on Asia

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Chronic prevaricator and Harper DefMin Peter "Airshow" MacKay obviously got a double shot of testosterone while in Washington for meetings with his counterpart, Leon Panetta. MacKay rushed from the meeting to the Canadian embassy where he got on the telephone to gushingly call for Canada to establish a "*permanent, visible [military] presence*" in Asia. "*We have to be there in quality and quantity in the coming years," MacKay told QMI Agency during a call from the Canadian embassy in the United States, following meetings with his American counterpart.* Now if there's one thing th... more »

Raphael Bousso is right about firewalls

LuboŇ° Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
Five days ago, I reviewed the discussions on black hole firewalls, started by AMPS in July 2012. Joe Polchinski wrote a guest blog for Cosmic Varianceyesterday. During the days, I had enough time to sort all these issues and I am confident that Raphael Bousso is right and Polchinski and others are wrong. Here is Raphael's 33-minute talk from Strings 2012 and here is his July 22nd paper: Observer Complementarity Upholds the Equivalence Principle (The two men who disagree about firewalls were playing accomplices of one another back in 2000 when they were helping to ignite the a... more »

Day 5 Texas tarsands blockade: Tree sitters remain as bulldozers destroy heartland

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Tar Sands Blockade Day 5: This is the true face of Keystone XL. This pictures says it all. This horrific scar is at the doorstep of our tree blockade and is slated to cut 110-feet wide for 1,700 miles through America’s heartland. Millions of homes and trees are being plowed to make way for this toxic pipeline. Right now heavy machinery is a mere 60 feet from our nine brave blockaders in the trees. Follow it here: http://tarsandsblockade.org/tree-sit-day5/

Musical Interlude: Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
A repost, yes, because I love it, and hope you do too... Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Fkuq5Lf0Q

The Fifth Estate Shoots the F-35 Down in Flames

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
CBC's *The Fifth Estate *aired one of its all time best episodes tonight, "*Runaway Fighter.*" The programme laid bare the rank dishonesty and duplicity of the Harper government and its obsession with Lockheed's aerial "turkey." Clips showed both Harper and MacKay lying through their teeth about fictional competitions and supposed contracts to order 65 F-35s. The episode takes a critical look at the deeply flawed warplane that suffers from substandard speed, agility, range and payload, all for the sake of supposed stealth invisibility that one retired U.S. Defense Department... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Reportedly, Ann Dunham, mother of Barack Obama, appeared in porn mags.* A film claiming that Obama's mother posed for pornographic pictures in bondage gear, and that Obama's father is Frank Marshall Davis, is being sent to millions of swing voters in the USA. With 'Dreams From My Real Father,' Have Obama Haters Hit Rock Bottom? - Daily Beast‎ The film, 'Dreams From My Real Father' claims that Davis photographed Ann Dunham and sold the photos to magazines such as 'Bizarre Life', 'Exotique', and 'Secret Pleasures'. The film claims that Obama’s grandfather was a CIA agent. (Reporte... more »

Panetta raises concerns about possible movement of Syrian chemical weapons

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Sept. 28 - U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta says the main caches of Syria chemical weapon stockpiles remain under the control of the Assad government. Deborah Lutterbeck reports. *

Arizona man kills himself on live television after pursuit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - A suspected carjacker shot himself to death after a police chase in Arizona on Friday in a grim spectacle aired on live television - sparking a quick on-air apology and waves of outrage across social media.* The man was seen on the Fox News Channel stumbling from a dark red vehicle into the desert near Phoenix, stopping a short distance away and then apparently pulling the trigger of a gun pointed to the right side of his head. He then crumpled face-forward into the ground. Anchor Shepard Smith shouted, "Get off it!" repeatedly, apparently asking his control room to cu... more »

Mystery of two identical UFO's almost 1,000 miles apart caught on Google Street View

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Two mysterious and identical UFO's almost 1,000 miles apart have been observed on Google Maps - raising questions as to what they are and how they were photographed there in the first place. The red orb-like shapes are visible to all users of the application online at Jacksonville in Texas and at the Sky City Casino Hotel on 32 Indian Service Route 30, Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico. At both locations the same object appears in the sky hovering over the street and was first pointed out to ABC News affiliate KLTV in East Texas by Andrea Dover who noticed the first UFO while using Google... more »

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

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours 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 te... more »

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

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours 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 followin... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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! - 12 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 14 hours ago

Proof of possession

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 »

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