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Thomas Paine

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Monday, October 1, 2012

1 October - Blogs I'm Following II

4th of July Parade, N.Y., 1911 (LOC)4th of July Parade, N.Y., 1911 (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)
Danger RoomDanger Room (Photo credit: Todd Huffman)
UK - London - Bloomsbury: British Museum - Dis...UK - London - Bloomsbury: British Museum - Disease, War, Famine and Death (Photo credit: wallyg)
ISAF troops under NATO command (April 2009).ISAF troops under NATO command (April 2009). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A White House nurse prepares to admin...English: A White House nurse prepares to administer the H1N1 vaccine to President Barack Obama at the White House on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Millennium Bridge and St. Paul'sMillennium Bridge and St. Paul's (Photo credit: Bernt Rostad)

Calls for crime lab to shut down amid more evidence doubts

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
MPR News Madeleine Baran The St. Paul crime lab is housed at the St. Paul Police Department in St. Paul, Minn. Wednesday, July 25, 2012.As questions about the St. Paul police crime lab spread to fingerprint evidence, top defense attorneys say the lab needs to shut down entirely until it can prove that its work is reliable. The lab already suspended drug testing in July after employees testified they did not follow any written procedures and relied on equipment that may have been clogged with cocaine. The allegations alarmed many in the criminal justice system and threw thousand... more »

Military Report Shows Afghan Surge Complete Failure

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
*The Taliban insurgency is as strong as ever, Kabul is weak, and overall violence has not subsided.* Anti-War John Glaser The US-led NATO military command in Afghanistan has found in a new report that the surge ordered by President Barack Obama has failed to improve conditions on the ground, according to *Wired*‘s Danger Room. “That conclusion doesn’t come from anti-war advocates,” Danger Room reports. “It relies on data recently released by the NATO command in Afghanistan, known as ISAF, and acquired by Danger Room. According to most of the yardsticks chosen by the military — but... more »

Vaccinated Children Develop the Disease Vaccinated Against

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Paul Fassa This is not alternative health conspiratorial conjecture. This has been officially recorded but barely reported. So here is a sampling of recorded disease breakouts among children who were vaccinated for that disease. Enforcing or increasing vaccine schedules does not really prevent disease; it only increases the chances of worse health or gravely critical adverse reactions, ranging from autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) to decreased immunity and increased poor health. *Some Known Outbreaks of Vaccinated Kids* The most recent outbreak occurred in California. The dise... more »

Australian Government Now Spies on Its Citizens More than the US Government Does

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Andrew Puhanic, *Contributor* The Australian Government has now been labelled as the most intrusive government in the Western world. It has been revealed that on a per-capita basis, the Australian government spies on its citizens more than any other Western government. In 2010-2011, more than 3,400 Australians had been spied on by more than 17 government law enforcement agencies. This includes state and federal police agencies, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) and Medicare. The shocking truth is that these government agencies can access telephone and Internet data records withou... more »

Drones - Instruments of State Terror

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
Global Research Stephen Lendman A new report jointly prepared by Stanford University’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic (SU) and New York University School of Law’s Global Justice Clinic (NYU) is titled “Living Under Drones.”Part one discusses strikes on rescuers, funerals, and other civilian targets. Part two examines surveillance, the effects of drones overhead, and how their use creates fear and distrust. Part three considers the economic and impoverishment hardships families and communities sustain. Overall SU/NYU examines key aspects of the CIA’s dro... more »

The Federal Reserve Sends Thank You Letters To Congress For Letting Them Destroy Our Economy In Secret

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Michael Snyder, *Contributor* The Federal Reserve continues to pump up this "bubble economy" by recklessly printing money and by setting interest rates artificially low, and the U.S. Congress continues to stand aside and allow them to systematically destroy our economy. The U.S. Congress could choose to end this madness at any time, but the truth is that Congress won't even pass a law that would allow the American people to see what is going on over at the Federal Reserve. Congress has voted down every single bill that would authorize a comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserv... more »

Barbarism: Doctors Now Encouraging Patients to Remove Body Parts to ‘Prevent Cancer’

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Anthony Gucciardi Glorified as a heart warming ‘preventative’ trend by the mainstream media, doctors are now recommending that patients who are found to be ‘more susceptible’ to certain cancers based on genetic testing actually surgically remove body parts that could be affected. It sounds insane and beyond barbaric (as it is), but apparently the mainstream medical community thinks it is quite the heroic feat to perform bodily mutilation in the name of phony cancer prevention. In a recent CNN article entitled “My preventive mastectomy: Staying alive for my kids,” a mother remov... more »

Kids Get 7 Trillion Calories of Sugar from Cancer-Causing Beverages Each Year

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Lisa Garber Soda and sugary beverages make up 15 to 25 percent of the daily recommended caloric intake for children aged 2 to 19. That’s almost 300 calories a day and 7 trillion calories a year of sugar, one of cancer’s favorite substances. *Keeping Soda from Kids* Dr. Steven Gortmaker, Director of the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center, recently presented these statistics at the Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio. Amidst protests from consumer rights die-hards and the beverage lobby, Gortmaker is urging the government to keep aw...more »

Monsanto’s Fading Grasp – Group Calls on South Africa to Ban GMO Corn

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Anthony Gucciardi Following in the footsteps of nations like France and Russia, South Africa may soon be the latest nation to enact a ban on Monsanto’s GMO corn that was recently linked to tumor development and organ damage in rats. South Africa’s African Centre for Biosafety (ACB), a watchdog organization that was created to protect consumers from various biotechnology dangers, is now calling on South African authorities to enact a ban on Monsanto’s tumor-linked maize crop known as NK603. This is particularly important when it comes to South Africa as white corn is a large sta...more »

Canadian Judge Begins Legal Clampdown on "Freeman" movement

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
J.G. Vibes Judge John Rooke the Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Canada has promised to destroy the "Free Man on the Land Movement. In a newly released court decision John Rooke analyzes the movement, which he refers to as “organized pseudolegal commercial argument” or OPCA litigants. His 185-page analysis of their arguments was posted on the Alberta Justice court website on Thursday. This same judge was in the news not too long ago when he called a rape victim “stupid” during the sentencing of the man who raped her. He then went ahead and only sentenced t...more »

Mayan experts race to convince people that tribe did NOT predict an apocalypse for this December

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*As the clock winds down to Dec. 21, experts on the Maya calendar have been racing to convince people that the Maya didn't predict an apocalypse for the end of this year. * Some experts are now saying the Maya may indeed have made prophecies, just not about the end of the world. Archaeologists, anthropologists and other experts met Friday in the southern Mexico city of Merida to discuss the implications of the Maya Long Count calendar, which is made up of 394-year periods called baktuns. Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns... more »

The Untold Story Behind The "Fast and Furious" Scandal

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
ABC Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Watch More News Videos at ABC | 2012 Presidential Election | Entertainment & Celebrity News Who are the human faces of the U.S. government's botched "Fast and Furious" gun-walking operation? Often lost amid the rancor in Washington are the stories of dozens of people killed by guns that flowed south as part of the undercover operation, and later slipped out of view from U.S. officials. Univision's Investigative Unit (Univision Investiga) has identified massacres committed using guns from the ATF operation, including the ki... more »

corporate greenwashing and the myth of consumer sovereignty

laura k at wmtc - 10 hours ago
One of the wonderful things about no longer working for Evil Corporate Law Firm - and there are so many! - is no longer contributing to a firm that represents some of skeeviest organizations in the world, including the Conservative Party of Canada. I've worked for many a skeevy law firm, because writing and activism doesn't pay the bills, and a decent salary lets me do good in the world. If I were a lawyer, I hope there'd be a different equation, but as support staff, well, we don't blame fruit pickers for pesticide use. Like most corporations these days, ECLF proudly displays its ... more »

Beijing In The Highest State Of Alert

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Bo Xilai was expelled from Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and kept away from the public eye. The CCP plans to host its 18th congress on November 8, and Beijing is in the highest state of alert now. According to Beijing residents, riots police are everywhere, especially at some important crossroads. The atmosphere in the Chinese capital is very tense right now. According to overseas media reports, three meetings, related to the 18th congress' security were held this month. Beijing has about 20,000 riot police in readiness level two, which is the highest state of alert in peacetime in Beiji... more »

European Union closer to trade war with U.S.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*PARIS — The European Union inched closer to a trans-Atlantic trade war Thursday, saying it would seek to impose up to $12 billion a year in sanctions against the United States in retaliation for U.S. government subsidies to Boeing. * The European Commission, the EU executive, said it was seeking the sanctions to compensate for the impact of illegal subsidies to Boeing that it said gave Boeing an unfair advantage over its European archrival, Airbus.The move, which follows a similar trade threat against Europe made by Washington this year, is the latest salvo in a seven-year battle ... more »

German faith in Europe undented by debt crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Oct. 1 - On the streets of the German capital Berlin, support for closer ties between European nations is unwavering, despite scepticism over the bailouts for Greece and other weak economies.*

Spain’s rose-tinted slip

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Oct. 1 - Spain’s optimistic assumption in the amount of capital its banks will need for recapitalisation is another misstep in their approach to the crisis say Breakingviews.*

Samuel L. Jackson Says His Piece

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 11 hours ago
Politicians are, generally, not good people. But no, they are not quite all the same. Some are more on your side, others less so. Samuel, in this video, tells it like it is, from my standpoint, anyway. http://www.mostwatchedtoday.com/tag/wtfu-2012/ Check it out. I'll try to get a better version up soon. -- MJ

Euro zone September factory data flags "new recession": PMI

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Euro zone manufacturing put in its worst performance in the three months to September since the depths of the Great Recession, with factories hit by falling demand despite cutting prices, a business survey showed on Monday -- pointing to a new recession.* Factories helped lift the 17-nation bloc out of its last recession but the survey suggests a downturn that began in smaller periphery countries has taken root in core members Germany and France. "Despite seeing some easing in the rate of decline last month, manufacturers across the euro area suffered the worst quarter...more »

Greek 2013 budget sees sixth year of recession: source

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Greece will frontload budget cuts to achieve a primary surplus in 2013 for the first time in many years but its economy will shrink for a sixth consecutive year by up to 4 percent, a government official told Reuters.* The government will unveil a draft budget draft later on Monday, aiming to satisfy international lenders but expected to prolong the economic pain of the Greek people. It will include more cuts in public sector pay, pensions and welfare benefits as part of an 11.5 billion euro ($14.8 billion)austerity package of savings that will be spread out over the n...more »

Eurozone unemployment at fresh high

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
* Unemployment in the eurozone hit a fresh high of 18.2 million in August, the EU statistics agency has said. * The number of people out of work rose by 34,000, but revised data for July meant the unemployment rate remained stable at a record high of 11.4%. The highest unemployment rate was recorded in Spain, where 25.1% of the workforce is out of a job, and the lowest of 4.5% was recorded in Austria. The unemployment rate in Germany was 5.5%, Eurostat said. Youth unemployment remains a particular concern, with the rate among under-25s hitting 22.8% across the eurozone, and 52.9% in...more »

VIDEO Lakota Sacred Water Teach In 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
*Debra White Plume, Lakota, speaking at the Sacred Water Protection Teach In.* From YouTube Published on Sep 29, 2012 by NativeImpact Owe Aku - "Bring Back the Way" is hosting a series of "Sacred Water Protection Teach Ins" across Lakota Territory in South Dakota, the first was held at the renowned Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge Village on The Oglala Lakota Nation September 26, 2012. The precious drinking water supply of the Oglala Lakota people will be overlapped more than a few times if TransCanada gets its way and the US State Department approves its second attempt to get a pe... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake TURKMENISTAN - 1st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck TURKMENISTAN at a depth of 22.8 km (14.2 miles), the quake hit at 08:43:52 UTC Monday 1st October 2012 The epicenter was 76 km (47 miles) Southwest from Gyzylarbat, Turkmenistan No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake COQUIMBO, CHILE - 1st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck COQUIMBO, CHILE at a depth of 54 km (33.6 miles), the quake hit at 08:06:30 UTC Monday 1st October 2012 The epicenter was 21 km (13 miles) South of Ovalle, Chile No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Starstrikes: Calling Cards from the Cosmos?

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
STARSTRIKES: CALLING CARDS FROM THE COSMOS? By Scott Corrales (c) 2000 The story has been told in every language and in every single possible context from simple history to science-fiction: how in the summer of 1908 a strange object -- sometimes meteorite, sometimes a cometary fragment, sometimes an alien spaceship -- crashed into, or vaporized over, a remote area in the Siberian wilderness known as Tunguska. Haunting photos of the event's aftereffects are burned into our consciousness and have even graced the covers of rock and roll albums: thousands of trees pointing aw... more »

Daily Links, Oct 1, 2012

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 11 hours ago
[image: Guguan_26] *Appallingly gorgeous day on the road up to Guguan yesterday. Fall in Taiwan is fantastic.* One thing you should be reading today: Gordon Chang's Is China Burning? Both China-Japan economic relations and the current Senkakus mess are reviewed: Because senior Party leaders are failing to maintain unity at home, it’s likely they will continue to press Tokyo over their claims to the Senkakus. In recent weeks, Beijing has upped the stakes by sending patrol vessels and threatening to flood the disputed area with “more than 1,000” craft. Unfortunately, Beijing in recen... more »

Wesley Shermantine 'Speed Freak Killer' Claims Dozens Of Victims

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*One of the so-called 'speed freak killers', who terrorised California's San Joaquin Valley in the 1980s and 90s, has said he may have killed as many as 72 people.* Wesley Shermantine maintained his silence on death row for a decade but last year started to reveal information about the string of methamphetemine-fuelled murders after a bounty hunter offered to pay him to identify where the bodies of some victims were buried. Authorities already suspected that Shermantine, along with his childhood friend Loren Herzog, were responsible for 22 deaths but the 46-year-old's claims, if t... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 12 hours ago
*The late Sir Jimmy Savile with Lady Diana* Was Jimmy Savile being used by the intelligence services? Reportedly, some BBC producers were aware of Jimmy Savile's behaviour "as far back as the mid 1960s." Reportedly, the BBC turned a blind eye to Savile's alleged child sex abuse. "One of the assaults had even been witnessed by the member of a BBC television production team." Wilfred De'Ath, a former BBC producer, says that, in 1964, he saw Savile in a restaurant with a 12 year-old girl, who had been picked up by Savile at the BBC. * TV-bosses-turn-blind-eye-Savile-Anger-grows-stri...more »

Chinese wind farm group to sue Obama

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*A Chinese-owned company that has been blocked from building wind farms near a US navy test site in Oregon plans to sue President Barack Obama, arguing that his order to stop the project was unconstitutional.* Ralls, a company owned by two Chinese executives, believes the president violated constitutional protections on property ownership and legal process. The company is seeking to have the order overturned, or be paid compensation for its losses. Read More

Chinese hackers break in to White House military office network in charge of the president’s nuclear football

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*Hackers linked to China’s government broke into one of the U.S. government’s most sensitive computer networks, breaching a system used by the White House Military Office for nuclear commands, according to defense and intelligence officials familiar with the incident. * One official said the cyber breach was one of Beijing’s most brazen cyber attacks against the United States and highlights a failure of the Obama administration to press China on its persistent cyber attacks. Disclosure of the cyber attack also comes amid heightened tensions in Asia, as the Pentagon moved two U.S. ai... more »

Download 'pirates' face jail under new Japanese law

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*(CNN) -- Those who possess illegally downloaded of music or films in Japan can face prison term of up to two years and fines of nearly 2 million yen (U.S. $25,679), according to a new law which takes effect Monday.* The move is aimed to stop falling music sales in the world's second largest music market, where industry officials estimate only one in 10 downloads are legally purchased. The new law is a victory for the recording industry's global fight against online piracy, which has seen setbacks in the U.S. and European Union where the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Anti-C... more »

ECB's "nuclear option" better as deterrent than weapon

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Buying unlimited quantities of bonds is sometimes described as a central bank's nuclear option, deploying an overwhelming force that threatens speculators with annihilation.* Like atomic weapons, the bank's powers to print money and buy securities are best held in reserve as a deterrent, even if their use would not wreak destruction on a comparable scale. Having to use them to defend a country or a policy objective could cause unintended damage and expose fatal weaknesses in the political will to sustain the action. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi seemed ... more »

Chicago Fed warned on high-frequency trading, SEC slow to respond

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*(Reuters) - More than two years ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago was pushing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to get serious about the dangers of superfast computer-driven trading. Only now is the SEC getting around to taking a closer look at some of those issues.* Critics of the SEC say the delay is part of a pattern of inaction in dealing with the fallout from high frequency trading and shows that the regulator doesn't yet fully appreciate how fears of machine-driven market meltdowns are driving investors away from U.S. markets. Even as the SEC gears up for a ... more »

The Agtivists - The Movie Trailer

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*Ag-ti-vist. n. One who fights for food freedom* The Agtivists are four American pioneers who have put their lives and their reputations on the line to challenge the corporate control of our food supply. The film will delve into the worlds of Bob "The Agronomist" Streit, Howard "The Caretaker" Vlieger, Pamm "The Instigator" Larry, and Dr. Don "The Scientist" Huber as they reveal profound new evidence about the effects GMOs are having on the environment, the fundamental aspects of our well-being, and our future generations. *About the Director*Nearly two years ago, I was introduced ...more »

Azerbaijan eyes aiding Israel against Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Israel's "go-it-alone" option to attack Iran's nuclear sites has set the Middle East on edge and unsettled its main ally at the height of a U.S. presidential election campaign.* Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exudes impatience, saying Tehran is barely a year from a "red line" for atomic capacity. Many fellow Israelis, however, fear a unilateral strike, lacking U.S. forces, would fail against such a large and distant enemy. But what if, even without Washington, Israel were not alone? Azerbaijan, the oil-rich ex-Soviet republic on Iran's far northern border, has, say... more »

Nairobi Church Blast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago

Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Kills Thirteen

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*A suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 13 people, including three Nato troops and four Afghan police.* Six civilians were also killed and 37 wounded in the attack on a joint Nato-Afghan foot patrol through Khost city, Najeeb Danish. The city's governor said in a statement: "Today at around 8:30 am a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a joint patrol in Khost city in a crowded area. "In this inhuman attack three police and 37 civilians were wounded, and six civilians and four police, including the commander of the quick reaction forces, were killed". The ... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 1st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 42.4 km (26.3 miles), the quake hit at 05:17:57 UTC Monday 1st October 2012 The epicenter was 53 km (32 miles) ENE of Hasaki, Japan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEW ZEALAND - 1st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
A magnitude 3.6 earthquake has struck NEW ZEALAND at a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the quake hit at 02:28:56 UTC Monday 1st October 2012 The epicenter was 15 km (9.3 miles) ENE of Christchurch, New Zealand No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Ed Balls and the BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
The BBC are faithfully reporting Ed Balls' call for a stamp duty holiday. Can I just remind the Labour party and, their propaganda arm the, BBC of the history of stamp duty rates. 13th March 1984 - Up to £30,000 - 0% - Over £30,000 - 1% 20th December 2001Due to the recession the Chancellor Nigel Lawson increased the threshold to stimulate demand. - Up to £250,000 - 0% - Over £250,000 - 1% 20th August 1992As demand grew the rates were put back to the original figures. - Up to £30,000 - 0% - Over £30,000 - 1% 16th March 1993The threshold was increased a... more »

The aftermath of the Ryder Cup

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
Wow! I desperately needed an early night last night but once I started watching the Ryder Cup I just couldn't turn off. I ended up watching it in bed with the sound on 1, my head on the pillow and Mrs NotaSheep snoring alongside me. I must admit that when Martin Kaymer won on the 18th I did a silent fist clench, mouthed "Yesssssssssssss", then turned off the television and tried to get some sleep. Ryder Cup singles day is one of my favourite sporting days and this year's was one of the best. Judging by the volume of my shrieks through the evening, Justin Rose's monster put to win t... more »

E. Peter Lougheed. The Destruction of Canada. The Collapse of the Mainstream Press and Media.

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 14 hours ago
(More Sane Voices from the asylum.....Grant G) This column is about the sell-out of Canada, the organized, structured sell-out of Canada, the intended betrayal of Canadians. It begins with the Mainstream Press and Media, a major instrument of sell-out. There are Canadians who persist in believin... more »

Apple - snitchers or Albatwitch

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
Dale Drinnon dug up the first item and I dug up the Pennsylvania references. This all fits nicely with a totally independent eye witness report a couple of years ago made in Central Park of all places that I posted simply because it was too convincing. Now I have defined a local phenomenon that conforms with the creatures described in Washington Irving’s tale of Rip Van Winkle to boot. Pretty good for a day’s work. What we appear to be describing is a small hominid operating in woodland and certainly partial to apples. Recall that wild apples were pretty difficult t... more »

Custom Milling of Timber and Agriculture.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
In time I expect that every farmer will expect to be trained in the proper handling of windfall wood. There is just too much value involved along with proper woodlot husbandry to not have the skills. It is also something which needs to be drilled properly just like using a rifle. Thus sooner or later, you team up with a professional and learn to stay alive. This chap reminds us just how easy it is to kill yourself with a large tree. It is necessary to understand just what weight you are playing with and to never release too much unless you have gotten out of harms wa...more »

Thermoelectric Breakthrough

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
Thermoelectric energy conversion has been a sweet spot forever since we still depend on heat engines hugely. The caveat has been the weight penalty for the best known technology which is the reverse Rankin cycle which is able to convert the heat in boiling water to seventy five percent brake horsepower. A creditable addon for a thermal power plant but useless for mobile devices. Thus stripping energy out of exhaust gases is attractive. It still does nothing for jacket heat, but it sounds like this technology may be able to ultimately work at lower heat levels. It is a good... more »

Herding and Stonehenge

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
The issue that I have with this report is the assumption that pastoralists were roaming at all. That may be an option in the tropics were it becomes necessary to move out of locales during the rainy season. It is not when you have to provide winter fodder and must harvest fodder in the early summer. At best, you can go to higher elevations for better late summer pasture as is done in Switzerland. However, the last time I checked, there is a distinct lack of high country in Britain. What is true is that the core agricultural life way was built around cattle beginning at l... more »

The Vaccine Hoax is Over by Andrew Baker

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
The Vaccine Hoax is Over by Andrew BakerFood Freedom News, 29 September 2012 *Freedom of Information Act in the UK* filed by a doctor there has revealed 30 years of secret official documents showing that government experts have 1. Known the vaccines don’t work 2. Known they cause the diseases they are supposed to prevent 3. Known they are a hazard to children 4. Colluded to lie to the public 5. Worked to prevent safety studies *Those are the same vaccines that are mandated to children in the US.* Educated parents can either get their children out of harm’s way or continue living inside ... more »

Conservative Refutation of Butler/Heritage Health Care Revisionism Continues

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 15 hours ago
The pile-on continues. As I discussed in February, Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation wrote a breath-taking op-ed in *USA Today* (via Don Taylor) denying that he fathered the individual mandate. In fact, his * revised* 140-page research paper was published January 2, 1989, before President George HW Bush came into office, let alone President Clinton, whose proposals Butler says his research was directed against. Two conservatives, Avik Roy of *Forbes* and James Taranto of the *Wall Street Journal*, played strong roles in locking down the point that Butler was the first to propo... more »

The Money Addiction - A Documentary for Monetary Reform

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
"Money is just information, a way we measure what we trade, nothing of value in itself. And we can make it ourselves, to work as a complement to conventional money. It's just a matter of design." Money is at the intersection of nearly every aspect of modern life. Most of us take the monetary system for granted, but it has a profound and largely misunderstood influence on our lives. 'THE MONEY FIX' is a feature-length documentary exploring our society's relationship with the almighty dollar. The film documents three types of alternative money systems, all of which help solve econo... more »

Fat Free Econ 25: Property Rights and the Cybercrime Prevention Law

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
* This is my article yesterday in TV5's news portal, http://www.interaksyon.com/business/44378/fat-free-economics-property-rights-and-the-cybercrime-prevention-law --------- Property rights by individuals, households, corporations, government and NGOs, is the cornerstone of securing a peaceful and orderly society. A person’s house, car, computer, song, invention is his and his alone. He can use and keep them, or sell, donate, or destroy them. Having private property ownership means having exclusive use and disposition of a particular property, both physical and non-physical or intelle... more »

Temporary Note to "Wildheart"

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 16 hours ago
Interesting dream. We shall see. In any case, there's lots of work to do right?

Friday Baseball Post

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 17 hours ago
Well, it's awful close to Friday. Sort of. A quick notes-style FBP on Sunday: * Why don't we see more of the old "start a RHP and switch to a LHP after one batter" against platoon-heavy teams in the postseason? Granted, that will only work if you have a plausible wrong-handed bluff pitcher, but surely quite a few postseason teams these days have one of those. Certainly the Giants do this time around; I really have no idea what the Giants should be doing about the rotation in October, but Zito could certainly be used as the bluff pitcher. Or Lincecum, I suppose. * I still don't unde... more »

Iranian jury finds Reuters guilty of lies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*(CNN) -- The jury of Iran's Press Court on Sunday found the Tehran bureau chief for Reuters guilty of publishing lies and negatively influencing public opinion.* Press TV, a state media agency, reported a jury member said Reuters was "found guilty of propagating against the Islamic Republic and disseminating false information to disturb public opinion." Parisa Hafezi is Reuters' bureau chief in Tehran. She referred CNN to Thompson Reuters, based in London, for a statement. In a story about the verdict on its website, Reuters said, "We understand that the jury has stated its view ... more »

Syrian Rebels say they killed eight government soldiers in car bomb attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*Sept. 30 - Amateur video appears to show aftermath from rebel car bomb in a town in Northeastern Syria, that killed eight soldiers near army barracks. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.*

Bomb blast strikes near Islamic school in Nigeria.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*Sept. 30 - Two alleged attackers killed and several wounded in a bomb blast and volleys of gunfire in northern Nigeria.*

California governor vetoes "anti-Arizona" immigration bill that would shield some illegal immigrants from status checks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago

Typhoon Jelawat: Storm speeds out of Japan after injuring dozens

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*TOKYO (AP) — A weakening tropical storm was speeding out of Japan on Monday after bringing gale-strength winds to Tokyo and injuring dozens of people, causing blackouts and paralyzing traffic to the south and west of the capital.* Japan's Meteorological Agency had warned Tokyo residents to stay indoors while Typhoon Jelawat passed Sunday night. The storm then had winds of up to 126 kilometers (78 miles) an hour but weakened to a tropical storm with 108 kph (67 mph) in the morning. On Sunday, Nagoya city issued an evacuation advisory to more than 50,000 residents because of fear o... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Sea of Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
2002, “Sea of Dreams” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi7yGfJ3z20

EU squanders our aid millions, says minister: (so why hasn't he done anything about it for two years?)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*An aid minister has accused the EU of squandering hundreds of millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ cash on countries that are too wealthy to need help. * Alan Duncan said that while he shared the public’s anger over the massive spending, the UK was being ‘forced’ to hand over huge amounts of money – but then has no say over how it is spent. Last night, however, a fellow Tory accused Mr Duncan of crying ‘crocodile tears’, because he had done nothing to reduce the EU aid bill despite having been in office for the past two years. One sixth of Britain’s aid budget – some £1.4billi... more »

New City Jobs Plunge by 15%

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
*New City jobs have plunged by 15% within a month, according to a survey released after a scathing review of the Libor scandal. * Research showed 2,490 job vacancies appeared in September, down from 2,925 in August. The City slide comes after a steady summer job market, according to data compiled by an international recruitment firm. "The last quarter has seen two of the UK's most successful banks put in the stocks, the widening of the Libor scandal and announcements by a number of banks to continue to scale down their investment banking operations," Mark Cameron, Chief Operating O... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 1st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS at a depth of 621.8 km (386.4 miles), the quake hit at 01:36:26 UTC Monday 1st October 2012 The epicenter was 506 km (314 miles) Northwest of Raoul Island, New Zealand No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA - 1st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF CENTRAL AMERICA at a depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 01:32:33 UTC Monday 1st October 2012 The epicenter was 451 km (280 miles) Southeast of Isla del Coco, Costa Rica No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 1st October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 53.2 km (33.1 miles), the quake hit at 01:00:49 UTC Monday 1st October 2012 The epicenter was 95 km (59 miles) Northeast of Miyako, Japan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Wall Street Will Just Have To Wait A Little Longer For The Complete Take Over They've Been Dreaming Of

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 18 hours ago
Don't worry about Wall Street. They're all set. No matter who wins the presdiency, no matter which one of the corrupt Beltway party establishments is in charge of Congress, Wall Street will be well taken care of. Sure, they would have loved to have had one of their own in the White House and to have placed their own little Frankenstein monster in as VP. But Obama hasn't really given them anything serious to worry about and they'll be perfectly fine with a corporate whore and investment bankster like Erskine Boyce Bowles-- currently on the boards of General Motors, Morgan Stanley, ... more »

Meet & Greet Monday (#MtaGt)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 18 hours ago
Welcome to Meet & Greet Monday! Banner by Art Ist Grab our banner for your site: Do you have an Eco-friendly blog or site? Do you occasionally write about the environment or ways to live green? If you answered yes to any, you're invited to link up. Here are the rules: 1. If you have a green-living blog, site and/or write about the environment, sustainability, etc., please use the "linky" below to list your site. 2. If you only occasionally write about green living, please use tags such as "green", "Eco", "Environment", etc. and then link to that col... more »

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA - 30th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 23:04:43 UTC Sunday 30th September 2012 The epicenter was 94 km (58 miles) WSW of Kuqa, China No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 30th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the MOLUCCA SEA at a depth of 58.1 km (36.1 miles), the quake hit at 22:47:25 UTC Sunday 30th September 2012 The epicenter was 142 km (88 miles) NNW of Tobelo, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 30th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 15.8 km (9.8 miles), the quake hit at 22:39:16 UTC Sunday 30th September 2012 The epicenter was 74 km (45 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA, RUSSIA REGION - 30th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA, RUSSIA REGION at a depth of 30.4 km (18.9 miles), the quake hit at 21:49:27 UTC Sunday 30th September 2012 The epicenter was 116 km (72 miles) East of Ust'-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH INDIAN OCEAN - 30th September 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 hours ago
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the NORTH INDIAN OCEAN at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles), the quake hit at 20:43:38 UTC Sunday 30th September 2012 The epicenter was 685 km (425 miles) WSW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

31 Days Of Photo Props

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 18 hours ago
Crochet hats, chairs, chalk art, the ideas for photos are seemingly endless. This year, I am participating with The Nester as she blogs 31 days about the same topic. There are few things in the the world that I think I could blog 31 posts about, but my passion is and always will be photography, so I thought I would share some of those ideas with you. During the month of October, every day I will share a short and sweet post about something fun you can do with your next photo shoot, some will be straight up props and others will be fun things you can find at certain locations. Some d... more »

Baby, baby Paul Ryan is out of time

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 18 hours ago
Have to give Chris Wallace some credit here for trying to pin down Paul Ryan on the math of his secret, very serious, tax plan. But the Exalted Grand Wizard of Wonkiness can't be bothered with the details: RYAN: It’s revenue neutral. [...] WALLACE: But I have to point out, you haven’t given me the math. RYAN: No, but you…well, I don’t have the time. It would take me too long to go through all of the math. But let me say it this way: you can lower tax rates by 20 percent across the board by closing loopholes and still have preferences for the middle class. For things like charitabl... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"Galaxies don't normally look like this. NGC 6745 actually shows the results of two galaxies that have been colliding for only hundreds of millions of years. Just off the above digitally sharpened photograph to the lower right is the smaller galaxy, moving away. The larger galaxy, pictured above, used to be a spiral galaxy but now is damaged and appears peculiar. Gravity has distorted the shapes of the galaxies. *Click image for larger size. * Although it is likely that no stars in the two galaxies directly collided, the gas, dust, and ambient magnetic fields do interact directly...more »

Chet Raymo, "Six Impossible Things"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
* * *"Six Impossible Things"* by Chet Raymo "It is morning. Early morning. I am sitting at my desk with my laptop open before me. The shelves are lined with books. At my elbow, the big glass windows looking out to Dingle Bay. On the sill, morning glories and tomatoes. At my other elbow, a mug of coffee. In an hour or two I'll have breakfast. This is my White Queen time. "But one can't believe impossible things," cries Alice, in frustration. "Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast," replies the White Queen smugly. If I can believe six impossi... more »

Taiwanese warships heading to Diaoyu / Senkaku Islands, Special Forces contemplating landing on islands to prevent Japanese police actions, bringing region precipitously close to war

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 19 hours ago
In connection with the recent largest-in-history people’s protest for the protection of the Diaoyu Islands, Taiwan’s “Coast Guard” has dispatched over 10 naval ships in escort, including 100 ton, 500 ton, 1000 ton, and 2000 ton warships as well as established an emergency contingency center and command headquarters, to protect the fishing vessels. With regards to the people protesting for the protection of the Diaoyu Islands, Taiwanese authorities have also given approval and support. Ma Ying-jeou expressed on the 24th that Taiwanese fishermen have been catching fish in the waters ...more »

Antarctic sea ice reaches greatest extent so late in season, 2nd largest extent on record

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 20 hours ago
Worth close reading. There is no doubt the growth of Antarctic sea ice is counter intuitive: http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/antarctic-sea-ice-reaches-greatest-extent-so-late-in-season-2nd-largest-extent-on-record/2012/09/28/472625d8-098e-11e2-a10c-fa5a255a9258_blog.html Almost two weeks ago, Arctic sea ice extent shrank to a stunning record low. Yet, at the other end of the planet, Antarctic sea ice is nearing or breaking records for largest extent. At face value, it's remarkable to see such contrasting extremes in sea ice cover on opposing sides of our p... more »

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