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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10 October - Blogs I'm Following II

10:13 pm MDST

Meningitis outbreak tangles two pharmacies with common owners

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
*(Reuters) - A Massachusetts company that mixes drugs for hospitals on Wednesday gave up an attempt to distance itself from an affiliated pharmacy linked to a deadly U.S. outbreak of fungal meningitis. * Ameridose LLC agreed to close down for 12 days while state and federal officials investigate the New England Compounding Center, which distributed thousands of vials of a contaminated steroid made at a shabby brick complex next to a waste and recycling operation in a western suburb of Boston. The pharmacies are owned by Gregory Conigliaro, an engineer, and his brother-in-law, Barry ... more »

IMF calls for action as euro zone crisis festers.....So they will hold Yet Another Summit to Discuss it

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 minutes ago
*(Reuters) - The IMF prodded the world's rich countries for swifter action on Thursday as Europe's debt crisis drags on while the United States and Japan show scant progress handling their budget deficits. * Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, said political wrangling added to economic uncertainty, slowing growth in both advanced and emerging economies. The IMF cut its global growth forecast this week for the second time since April. "We expect action and we expect courageous and cooperative action on the part of our members," Lagarde told report... more »

Facebook: The antisocial network

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 minutes ago
*Company pays only £238,000 in corporation tax on UK earnings of up to £175m * Facebook was accused last night of "disingenuous and immoral" tax avoidance after a new analysis of its UK business suggested the social networking giant paid just £238,000 in corporation tax in Britain last year. Although industry experts estimate the company made £175m in revenue from its UK businesses last year, Facebook is able to avoid paying millions in corporation tax by diverting most of its sales via Ireland. Annual accounts published yesterday at Companies House showed Facebook UK Limited decla... more »

Lance Armstrong was doping ringleader: Investigators

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 minutes ago
*(Reuters) - If the United States Anti-Doping Agency is right, then Lance Armstrong cheated his way to the top of the cycling world through an elaborate doping scheme never seen before in the sport.* Hotel rooms were transformed into blood banks as riders were given late-night transfusions, doctors were paid off and competitors were warned about tests in advance, said the anti-doping agency, or USADA. More than six weeks after it banned Armstrong for life and stripped him of his seven Tour de France titles, USADA revealed on Wednesday the findings of its investigation into Armstron... more »

CNN Report On Buck McKeon's Latest Scandal Set Up Today's Debate, An Unmitigated Disaster For Him

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 minutes ago
Since Buck McKeon has become chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, General Dynamics has given Buck McKeon $56,000 in legalistic bribes and he's repaid them-- with tax payer dollars-- very, very, very handsomely. McKeon's corruption and his use of his perch atop the House Armed Services Committee to finance his political career was the subject of a CNN report Tuesday night (above). The report is set at a huge tank parking lot where General Dynamics would like to refurbish them for huge profits for themselves. But the Army doesn't want to refurbished tanks. Buck McKeon, w... more »

Francesco Schettino To Sue After Sacking, Despite Causing the Deaths of 32 of his Passengers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 minutes ago
*The captain of the Costa Concordia is suing for wrongful dismissal, his lawyer has revealed.* Some 32 people were killed after the vessel ran into a rock and capsized off the Tuscany coast in January. Italian skipper Francesco Schettino was sacked by Costa Cruises, but he is appealing against the decision. "It is the right of every worker to appeal against his dismissal and Captain Schettino has done no more than exercise that right," lawyer Bruno Leporatti said. "There is nothing to contest or be amazed about, unless we want to say that what the law allows for all citizens does... more »

Iran: US Carrier's Hornets Set To Sting

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 minutes ago
*From the deck of one the largest, most powerful warships in the world the attack jets of the most powerful country in the world take to the skies above the Arabian Gulf.* The missions from the USS Dwight D Eisenhower, a Nimitz class carrier, are an almost bone-shudderingly loud constant. The jets, 44 in total, scream into the skies across the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan day and night. But we are just 80 miles south of Iran, and Carrier Strike Group 8 knows its next biggest task could involve Iran, shipping lanes and keeping the world’s oil supplies moving. Led by the E... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 minutes ago
“The most distant object easily visible to the eye is M31, the great Andromeda Galaxy some two and a half million light-years away. But without a telescope, even this immense spiral galaxy - spanning over 200,000 light years - appears as a faint, nebulous cloud in the constellation Andromeda. In contrast, details of a bright yellow nucleus and dark winding dust lanes, are revealed in this digital telescopic image. *Click image for larger size.* Narrow band image data recording emission from hydrogen atoms, shows off the reddish star-forming regions dotting gorgeous blue spiral a... more »

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 11th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the SOLOMON ISLANDS at a depth of 27.2 km (16.9 miles), the quake hit at 03:05:02 UTC Thursday 11th October 2012 The epicenter was 117 km (72 miles) Southeast of Honiara, Solomon Islands No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 11th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE at a depth of 1 km (0.6 miles), the quake hit at 02:38:27 UTC Thursday 11th October 2012 The epicenter was 80 km (49 miles) Southwest of San Antonio, Chile No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 11th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 26 minutes ago
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck NEAR SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 01:07:55 UTC Thursday 11th October 2012 The epicenter was 178 km (110.3 miles) Northeast of Tual, Papua, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU - 11th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU at a depth of 49 km (30.4 miles), the quake hit at 00:17:38 UTC Thursday 11th October 2012 The epicenter was 46 km (28 miles) South of Minas de Marcona, Peru No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 10th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 57.1 km (35.5 miles), the quake hit at 23:03:50 UTC Wednesday 10th October 2012 The epicenter was 158 km (98 miles) South of Bristol Island, Antarctica No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

The Goldberg Predilections:Ignoring Decades of Iranian Statements on Nuclear Weapons for the Sake of Propaganda

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 33 minutes ago
Jeffrey Goldberg is confident in Barack Obama's oft-stated commitment to stop Iran from building the nuclear weapon that everyone, including his own intelligence agencies (and others) and Defense Secretary know it isn't building.  Why?  Well, basically because Obama's said so.  A lot. Explaining that anyone who doesn't recognize that Obama has "promised to do 'whatever it takes' to prevent

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 10th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 34 minutes ago
magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck the SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 55.3 km (34.4 miles), the quake hit at 22:49:35 UTC Wednesday 10th October 2012 The epicenter was 143 km (88 miles) South of Bristol Island, Antarctica No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Chet Raymo, "Little Lesson, Part 3"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 40 minutes ago
*"Little Lesson, Part 3" * by Chet Raymo "One could introduce here any number of Wallace Stevens poems that explore the ground between imagination and reality- invention and discovery- but let me offer just one more late poem, titled "The Planet On The Table": ․ " Ariel was glad he had written his poems. They were of a remembered time Or of something seen that he liked. Other makings of the sun Were waste and welter And the ripe shrub writhed. His self and the sun were one And his poems, although makings of his self, Were no less makings of t... more »

Tony Schwartz - We Hear More Than We See

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*Photo: Sound magician Tony Schwartz. Source: Nancy Kaye/New York Times*. *Wikipedia*: Anthony Schwartz (August 19, 1923 – June 15, 2008) was an American sound archivist, sound designer, pioneering media theorist, and advertising creator. Known as the "wizard of sound," he is perhaps best known for his role in creating the controversial Daisy television ad for the 1964 Lyndon Johnson campaign.

31 Days of Photo Props: Pumpkins

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 1 hour ago
I love fall and Halloween and my favorite part of both has to be pumpkins. I love carving them, painting them and cooking with them. Real pumpkins can be a great prop. When I am working with a baby, I often will just cut the top off the pumpkin and sit the baby right inside. I usually line the inside of the pumpkin with a rag or towel to keep the baby's from touch the slimy insides and crying. If the baby you are working with is a little bit bigger, you can cut leg holes in the pumpkin to give their little legs some place to go. My advice with leg holes is cut the bigger than y... more »

The Hunted and the Hated: An Inside Look at the NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Policy

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 1 hour ago
Reblogged from: http://cryptogon.com/

Protest Rapid City Journal censorship of Native American issues

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
*Protest Rapid City Journal censorship of Native American issues and fees to publish commentaries* * * *By Occupy Rapid City and * * * *South Dakota Peace and Justice, Rapid City Chapter* * * *Posted at Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com A protest of Rapid City Journal’s policy decisions is being organized for Saturday, October 13, 2012. The protest issues include the Rapid City Journal's: □ rejection of articles and letters to the editor relating to historical and ongoing Native America issues (see background below) □ decision to charge a fee to publish political let... more » 

Old Man Joins The War Against Assad

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
The "Free Syrian Army" is a sorry group of desperate terrorists. They target civilians, use them as shields, and even take in child soldiers. They like the idea of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States invading Syria and destroying it to pieces. So, basically, they're traitors. But there are some noble, though misguided, souls who are taking up arms against Assad, like the old man in the video below. I respect him. He believes in the justness of his cause and is putting his life on the line. He has nothing to gain doing this. He could've spent his last days gardening a... more »

It's getting colder ,,,

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

James Corbett - More Lies in the Never-ending War on Terror

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
Mainstream media: Lying is good. Torture is good. Killing is good. False flag terrorism is good. War is good. Questioning authority is bad. Telling the truth is bad. Peace is bad. Freedom is bad.


John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 3 hours ago

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Garza García, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Thanks for stopping by.

As their time in Congress ends, departees (forced or voluntary) may wonder about their remaining travel perks -- Al Kamen's on the case

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*It's time for all those departing congresspersons to pack up their stuff, including all the goodies they've accumulated over their years of service to their country.* *by Ken* In just a couple of months an unusually large number of members of Congress (or so it seems to me; I'm sure somebody's got the comparative numbers) will finish packing up their offices for the long trip home -- or to K Street, if they've been able to latch on in these tough economic times. (You can be sure now that some of those imminent refugees are regretting not having been even more docile and subservie... more »

"US, Israel Plan Joint Strikes On Iran"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"US, Israel Plan Joint Strikes On Iran"* By Jean Shaoul "The US and Israel are considering a joint “surgical strike” against Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to an article by David Rothkopf in Foreign Policy magazine cited in the Israeli media. It is yet another indication that detailed planning for another criminal war of aggression is underway. Rothkopf, who served under the Democratic administration of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, cited sources “close to the discussions” now taking place between Washington and Tel Aviv. Rothkopf is well-placed to know. Currently ... more »

Bill Clinton ups the ante in Vegas

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
For all the media salivating over a mythical Obama/Clinton feud, the Big Dawg has become Obama's most effective surrogate. Clinton's speech mesmerized the crowd in Vegas. And no worries about Bill being too polite: "I had a different reaction to that first debate than a lot of people did," Clinton told nearly 2,000 supporters at a campaign rally for Obama and other Democrats. "I thought, 'Wow, here's old moderate Mitt. Where ya been, boy?'" You can catch the rest of the transcript at the link, but worth watching the delivery for the voice inflection: Good stuff but I don't reca... more »

Hillary Mann Leverett - Tensions between Syria and Turkey 'increasingly militarised'

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Also, check out: *"**Iraqi PM: Turkey not threatened by Syria, don't overblow war or drag in NATO*." And, "*Russia bridges Middle Eastern divides *." Al Jazeera - Tensions between Syria and Turkey 'increasingly militarised':

Obama's Base

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
This is Obama's base.

Wells Fargo Lawsuit: U.S. Sues Bank Alleging Civil Mortgage Fraud

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/wells-fargo-lawsuit_n_1952216.html *Wells Fargo Lawsuit: U.S. Sues Bank Alleging Civil Mortgage Fraud* Posted: 10/09/2012 3:24 pm EDT Updated: 10/09/2012 5:01 pm EDT Wells Fargo lied about the quality of thousands of loans it certified for a federal insurance program, a decision that ultimately cost the government $190 million in claims when those loans failed, according to a civil lawsuit filed by federal prosecutors on Tuesday. From Jan. 1, 2002 through Dec. 31, 2010, Wells Fargo intentionally concealed the problems with 6,320 loans ... more »

Skew the polls

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
I see Lynn Sweet, the woman who single-handed derailed an important national conversation about health care reform and generated a weeks long media circus with her ill-timed, off the wall, out of context question about the Henry Gates arrest at a major presidential news conference, is flogging yesterday's buzz on Romney's alleged surge in the polls. Today's polling has already made those polls somewhat irrelevant. Of course, regular readers know I put little stock in the polls at any time. They're useless as predictive tools. They only encourage horserace coverage over policy analy... more »

you are blessed

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
How much do you really need? Do you have a roof over your head? Then you are blessed. Do you have rice in your bowl and are not hungry? Then you are blessed. Do you have clothes to cover your body and keep you warm? Then you are blessed. Do you have love and compassion in your heart? Then you are the richest person alive.


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

Mark Twain, "There Is No Such Thing As A New Idea..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages." - Mark Twain

Closing Potash Tax Loopholes

leftdog at Buckdog - 5 hours ago
*NDP leadership candidate Erin Weir is proposing to collect a fair return from the province’s potash by closing loopholes that allow corporations to avoid paying the existing Potash Production Tax. * * **“The people of Saskatchewan can collect almost half a billion dollars of additional revenue by closing loopholes in the Potash Production Tax system without changing any royalty or tax rates,” said Weir. “I would allow potash companies to immediately write off every dollar they actually invest in Saskatchewan, but stop giveaways that are not linked to new investment.” * * **Specifica... more »

nature goddess

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
"Ave Pan" J. Allen St. John

The Cold War, this is not

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 6 hours ago
The reporting on the Canada-Russia spy case makes it read more like a Johnny English script than a John le Carré novel. From what we know so far... a very junior RCN intelligence officer rucks up to the Russian Embassy, flashe a badge speaks to a Russian military intelligence representative. Espionage ensues - involving a data-stick and top secret computer systems. Right mouse clicks for three

Q. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
*A. Frostbite.* * * 

Elsewhere: Simpson-Bowles, Taxes (Again)

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Sorry for the slow blogging today; I think I'll have another post coming later, but it might wind up waiting to tomorrow. Meanwhile, I hit the Romney tax "plan" again over at Greg's place. Got a Hermione reference in this time. I don't think I've used Samantha Stevens yet. Or, for that matter, Sabrina's aunts. Or that one where Donna Pescow's kid is an alien. No, not the one where the kid is a robot; that show was just stupid. At PP, I talked about the bizarre Romney/Ryan position on Simpson-Bowles. Can anyone think of a similar case, where one candidate repeatedly hit the other f... more »

“Intellectual Property Is Childish”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Intellectual Property Is Childish”* by Issac Morehouse “When children play with Legos, violence sometimes ensues. “He knocked down my tower!” “Only because she built it to look exactly like the one I made, and that’s not fair. I made mine first!” All the parents I’ve ever met handle this situation by pointing out to the aggressor that it is perfectly acceptable for other kids to build things that mimic his own creations; in fact, he should feel honored! But let’s visit a household wherein the parents are strict advocates and respecters of intellectual property. In this house, ... more »

Mitt Romney, completely wrong

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
This has been circulating on the social media for a few days. Finally broke down and looked at it this morning. It's better than I expected. Mitt debates himself: As someone on the twitter pointed out, with that strategy he can always win. The title of the post comes from this I picked up on the Facebook today. Quite amusing to see what happens when you do a google image search for "completely wrong." Couldn't agree with the results more. On a slightly related note, I generally hate gifs. Moving images give me a headache. So I'm not going to post it directly, and no idea on th... more »

BBC at war with our past, and even our myths

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 6 hours ago
Not being a fan of the mind-control machine known as television, I am happy to say that for the most part, I have absolutely no knowledge of the dross which is turned out by the UK Establishment's main propaganda tool; the BBC. However, on occasions I do find myself in the company of people who cannot bring themselves to turn off the idiot box, and so I do occasionally find myself sat in front of the mind control apparatus, watching what passes for entertainment in the culturally-ransacked UK. Having liberated my mind (as much as is possible) from the electronic Talmud over a deca... more »

But not Israel?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
The Guardian reports that: 'The BBC's news coverage of religion, immigration and Europe is to be scrutinised in an independent review following accusations of liberal bias. Lord Patten, the BBC Trust chairman, said the review was an acknowledgement of "real and interesting" concerns from some quarters about the impartiality of the BBC's news coverage. The corporation has long faced accusations of liberal and leftwing bias from politicians and other sections of the media. The BBC's coverage of controversial topics including immigration, religion and the European Union will come under... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Say it ain't so! Oh yeah it is...

Is so-called "prolife" shrieeking about this? ^NOT

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 6 hours ago
Remember what every so-called "prolife" M312 supporter, from MP Woodworth himself to Faytene Grasseschi, from his colleague Breitkreuz to the young! women! on the Caravan spouted? “Until a child’s little toe pops out of the birth canal, that child is not recognized as a human being in Canada”... was THE speaking point parroted over and over and over and over ... Our sister blogger JJ suggested a simple fix for Woodworth's problem with Subsection 223(1) of the Criminal Code, one that would have kept abortion legal, a medical procedure provided by a physician. Since Woodworth's Wank ... more »

Assessment of accounts

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
* McCarthy Tétrault LLP v. Guberman*, 2012 ONCA 679, released today, has clear language upholding the general rule that clients will be given a right to assess a lawyer's account: [13] The right of a client to have a lawyer’s account assessed is an important one, not to be taken away except in compelling circumstances. As this court has stated, public confidence in the administration of justice requires the court to intervene where necessary to protect the client’s right to a fair procedure for the assessment of a solicitor’s bill: see *Price v. Sonsini* (2002), 215 D.L.R. (... more »

When Did The DCCC First Find Out That Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) Knocked Up A Patient And Pressured Her To Abort Their Love Child?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
DesJarlais, another GOP hypocrite who can't control his appetites Early in August we did a little post about how the DCCC was wasting moneyon unwinnable races, like in Tennessee's 4th CD. At the time we showed a TV ad the DCCC had made for a totally obscure race that seemed completely hopeless. But it wasn't hopeless, it turns out-- and I'd bet the DCCC knew it back then and were just biding their time, the way they had in 2006 when they held back the information that Foley was diddling the pages until he could no longer get his name removed from the ballot. It's now too late for Scot... more »

F-35, A Nuclear Strike Bomber?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
Surprise, surprise - the F-35 is being designed with a nuclear weapons capability. Presumably even Steve Harper hasn't got the guts to add a nuclear arsenal to Canada's military establishment but, with that guy, there's no telling. A nuclear capability on such a range-limited warplane suggests one thing - nuclear first-strike. That the F-35 is, in reality, a light bomber rather than the fighter our government and Air Force leaders claim is evident in this throwaway line from *Aviation Week* about bomb jettisoning tests now underway: "...*in the field, the F-35 will likely be emplo... more »

Tracking risk without fixing it

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
The government is developing a database to track around 30,000 grammatically flawed “at-risk” children*—with those included based on measurement against around 130 “risk factors.” What do I think about that? Frankly, it makes me uneasy. And when I feel uneasy about something on this subject, I read Lindsay Mitchell. The development of a database for at-risk children is a good idea....I think. When unsure about something I work it out by writing. Yes, it's state intrusion. However, the state has a legitimate role in protecting children. True. But will this protect them? Lindsa... more »

First Nation Terrance Nelson: War with Iran

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Terrance Nelson *Terrance Nelson, former chief of Roseau River Ojibwe, leaves for Iran tomorrow and warns of war as political strategy in US presidential election* ** *War With Iran* *By Terrance Nelson* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com ** *Dear Prime Minister Harper* *October 10th 2012* The bombing of Iran will take place before the United States Presidential election in November. When President Clinton was in trouble, he bombed Iraq and as a "war President" he got out of trouble. President Obama is in trouble. He is behind in the polls and he needs to be seen as s... more »

Seven Injured in Chemical Plant Explosion in East Rutherford, New York

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*An explosion at the Sun Chemical Plant in East Rutherford hurt 7 workers there. Brian Thompson has more.* Seven people were injured after an explosion at a chemical plant in East Rutherford Tuesday afternoon, police said. The explosion happened as workers were mixing chemicals inside the Sun Chemical plant, according to police. East Rutherford Fire Department Assistant Chief John Giancaspro said the workers were mixing carbon and vegetable oil used in newspaper ink for the New York Times, and they are unsure why it exploded. Sun Chemical is the world's largest producer of prin... more »

Man dies of 'unknown' fever, India

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*CHENNAI: A 26-year-old man died of viral fever at Stanley Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday. While doctors initially said Sathya of Madhavaram died of hemorrhagic shock caused by dengue, they later said the death was caused by an unknown fever. "He didn't test positive for dengue. It looks like a viral fever," said a doctor in the emergency ward. * An official in the Chennai Corporation's health department said, "We don't know what fever it was. He was brought very late to the hospital." Doctors say many hospitals in the city are already crowded with hundreds of patients with... more »

Puerto Rico declares dengue epidemic with 6 deaths, thousands of reported cases

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s health department has declared a dengue epidemic.* Health Secretary Lorenzo Gonzalez says at least six people have died, including two children younger than 10. A total of 4,816 cases have been reported, including 21 cases of the potentially fatal hemorrhagic dengue. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 342 new cases were reported in one week last month, twice the number of cases during the same period last year. Dengue cases usually flare up from August to January. Read More

Syrian passenger plane forced to land in Turkey by Fighter Jets

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Turkish fighter jets have forced a Syrian passenger plane to land at Ankara's airport amid high tension between the two neighbours.* The plane, which was travelling from Moscow, was intercepted on intelligence that it was carrying "non-civilian cargo", Turkey's foreign minister said. He added that Turkey was determined to stop any transfer of weapons to the Syrian government through its airspace. It comes as Syria and Turkey continue to trade cross-border artillery fire. The Airbus A320 airliner was carrying 35 passengers, far fewer than its 180 passenger capacity. The aircraft ... more »

‘Aurora,; by Helen Hughes

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
[image: Aurora4] Whangarei artist Helen Hughes began as a potter, before discovering she had vital figures like *this* inside her bursting to get out… [image: photo 3][image: Aurora5][image: Aurora3] Buy her work at the Quarry Arts Centre, Whangarei. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Angela Merkel blocks BAE/EADS merger over small German share.....Just a Small taste of how EUROPE is being Run

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Germany blocked the proposed €35bn (£25bn) merger between BAE Systems and EADS after deciding that the UK and France were getting too great a share of benefits from the deal – and Berlin was getting too little.* According to sources close to the transaction the position of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, hardened in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday's decision to abandon the deal, even though Paris and London had come close to a consensus that would have allowed both companies to continue with merger discussions. Merkel's opposition shocked all parties, coming as optimism... more »

Ariana Delawari - "We Lived On a Whim"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
YouTube video description [Channel - daysofradiation]: Ariana Delawari "We Lived On a Whim" Song: "We Lived On a Whim " Album: "Lion of Panjshir" music by Ariana Delawari produced by David Lynch and David Lynch MC Ltd.

The Economy: "Measurable Improvements"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Measurable Improvements"* by Bill Bonner "What exactly went wrong in Germany? Thomas Jefferson had been dead for 150 years when Adolf Hitler came to power. But he would have recognized the broad outlines of the problem. Jefferson: “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” Too much security turned out to be as deadly to the people who created it as to those who fought against it. Even after the Germans had surrendered, the dying continued. The Allies turned their heads as 13 million Germans were expelled from Prussia, Polan... more »

Zen Gardener: Birthing the DIvine Warrior

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
http://www.zengardner.com/birthing-the-divine-warrior/ *Birthing the Divine Warrior* Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 by Julian Rose These are testing times. There is little doubt that the malevolent forces currently holding sway over our world are doing their damnedest to keep the lid on the rising tide of consciousness which will ultimately depose them. The effect is tangible; as though a block is attempting to be placed on incoming energies that nourish the awakening process. As though such energies are being sucked out of the very air we breathe – leaving a kind of vacuum an... more »

The Economy: “What In The World Is Going On?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“What In The World Is Going On?”* by Gerald Celente “Only when you follow the story from the start, stay abreast of how it develops, carefully parse the language to unspin the spin, get your information from a wide range of sources and analyze the data for what it is – rather than for what you want it to be – can you hope to arrive at an objective conclusion. When this process is followed in observing and analyzing the Spanish banking crisis, it leads us to two conclusions: *1.* It is, above all else, a con game. The con artists (heads of states, chiefs of finance and assorted ... more »

Militant groups flourishing in Egypt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*(Reuters) - When they left their village north of Cairo on August 27, Ahmed Waguih and Bahaa Zaqzouq told their families they were going on holiday. A few weeks later and hundreds of miles away, the cousins were killed mounting a cross-border raid into Israel.* Bahaa, 26, had for years spoken of his wish to die "a martyr". But Ahmed loved life, recalled his father, Waguih Ibrahim who is struggling to comprehend how the mild-mannered 28-year-old abandoned his two infant daughters and wife for a suicide mission at the distant Sinai border. "I just don't understand this fundamental, ... more »

Hollywood building on Fire

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Over 125 firefighters attempt to tackle a blaze in Los Angeles, as a building by the Hollywood Freeway is consumed by flames.

The Global Warming Fraud: The Greenhouse Gas Warming Number Of 33 Degrees Is A Fatal Error!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
Man caused "Global Warming" is a massive fraud and swindle. I have said that statement before and I will say it again. I have reported countless times in this blog about how the con artists behind the "Global Warming" scare are in it to swindle and bilk everyone out of their hard earned money just so they can profit from the swindle themselves. Being a man of science, I do remember some years back when so called Climate "Scientists" explained Global Warming by demonstrating mathematically how the "Greenhouse Effect" warms our planet. These "Scientists" have stated that without a... more »

ABC: No Protest Outside Libya Consulate Before Attack

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
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Miami-Dade College campus: Garage Collapses in Florida Killing 1

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A fire official says one person has been killed in the collapse of a parking garage under construction at a Miami-Dade College campus and that two workers are still trapped.

Italy: Council Ousted Over Suspected Mafia Links

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*The Italian government has dissolved a local council in the south of the country and taken control because of fears it was closely connected to the mafia.* The takeover of the city of Reggio Calabria follows the arrest of a local councillor on mafia charges. It was announced by Interior minister Annamaria Cancellieri who said it was a "preventative act and not a punishment". Ms Cancellieri said the decision was taken "not for Mafia infiltration but for closeness" to the organised crime network. The announcement came after an investigation into the city administration prompted by... more »

Interception of private communications

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
R. v. Doroslovac, 2012 ONCA 680 summarizes the law relating to the interception of private communications: [29] To take first the obvious. The interception of private communications constitutes a search or seizure, thus is subject to the requirement of reasonableness imposed by s. 8 of the *Charter*: *R. v. Duarte*, [1990] 1 S.C.R. 30. A search or seizure is reasonable if it is authorized by a law that is itself reasonable and is carried out in a reasonable manner: *R. v. Collins*, [1987] 1 S.C.R. 265, at p. 278. [30] Second, to be carried out in a reasonable manner pur... more »

Evidence on Fukushima Effects

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
There are a number of conclusions that can be drawn from an analysis of the information available about Fukushima. First, data about the scale of atmospheric and ocean emissions have not been revealed and most studies modeling releases may be based on false inputs. Second, evidence exists that the Japanese government has not adequately evacuated citizens nor adequately identified and decontaminated hotspots outside of the evacuation zone. Third, fallout in the ocean is being trivialized as non-relevant (even for ocean life) despite the high probability that people will consume c... more »

On the Debasement of Canadian Democracy

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 10 hours ago
This post (about Dalton McGuinty and Chris Bentley's contempt of the Ontario legislature and the *Toronto Star's* partisan attempt to belittle it) describes something that we should all take seriously. The* Star* article mentions that finding a minister in contempt is unprecedented in the legislature's 220 year history. But this was only two years after the harper government was found in contempt for both the Bev Oda lying scandal and the harper cabinet's refusal to share vital cost estimates with the House of Commons. "How fast you learn the downhill slide." Is it the case that... more »

In this instance, Kevin Drum’s wrong!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012* *Calling Romney a liar:* We knew if we waited long enough, Kevin Drum would be wrong. Sure enough! In this post, we’d have to say that Drum is wrong about the L-words—liar, lie and lying. Is Romney lying about his tax proposal? That’s what Drum says. He says he would have liked to see Obama say so last week, except it would have backfired. We agree that it would have backfired. In part, that’s because the L-word has always been very dangerous politically. In part, it’s because it’s a bit of a stretch to say that Romney is lying. For one thing, it wa... more »

Suspicious Documents or Suspicious Suspects?

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 10 hours ago
Suspicious Documents or Suspicious Suspects? http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/12038-suspicious-documents-or-suspicious-suspects By Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, SpeakOut | Op-Ed - Shall we play? If I say Arizona, how do you respond? What's the first thing that comes to your mind? Alabama? Apartheid South Africa? Reasonable suspicion? Racial profiling? Suspect populations? Ethnic cleansing? Banned Books? All good answers. However another one comes to mind, particularly if one is thinking post 9/11: collateral damage. The date 9/11/2001 will forever be associated with ter... more »

Police find bomb material in France extremist probe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago

Israeli jets hit several targets in Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Israeli warplanes have pounded several targets in the town of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza Strip, with no reports on possible casualties.* The Israeli warplanes “fired a few rockets on northern Gaza the early hours of today hitting empty areas. Medical sources said no one was hurt. A lot of people were treated for shock, especially children because the firing of rockets took place around 4:30 or 5 AM in the morning,” said Press TV correspondent Ashraf Shannon. “This followed two days of Israeli attacks against the people of Gaza which was met with a tit-for-tat response by the Pa... more »

Soon Censored? Korean Scientists Successfully Kill Cancer with Magnets

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Lisa Garber In South Korea, scientists used a magnetic field to get cancer cells to actually self-destruct. The body removes old, defective, and infected cells through the process of programmed cell death (PCD), or apoptosis. In apoptosis, the rejected cell responds to certain signals sent by the body by fragmenting. Immune cells then consume these fragments. The magnets help trigger apoptosis. When apoptosis fails, however, rejected cells divide uncontrollably, developing tumors. *Magnets Induce Apoptosis* Professor Jinwoo Cheon of Yonsei University in Seoul and a team of sci... more »

California Families Take on GMOs

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Jim Artwin The campaign for Prop 37 is pretty high tech and educated. Many communities are being completely left out of even knowing what is happening to them because they don't have computers or speak English. How non-visual it all is, and yet what a great time for the whole state of California to erupt into a visual and grassroots expression of antipathy for GMOs and for truth (prop 37). To get even more media attention, parents and grandparents and children across California to make their own yard signs, car signs, banners, flags, sculptures and murals, with everyone makin... more »

Pt 1- Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq etc., leading us back to Libya

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
*This post has been updated with the news of Turkey forcing a plane flying from Moscow to Damscus to land, in Turkey.* * This is Part 1 of a post that got very long and cumbersome.* Click the link and read *Pt 2- Libya: the deaths of Ambassador Stevens & Mr Shaaban, Seige of Bani Walid* Though you may not think so, these pieces are best read together, seriously. Strangeness abounds around the Ambassador's death. And a meeting with a Turkish diplomat prior to the seige on 'compound'? Did the Ambassador meeting with the Turkish diplomat have something to do with Syria? Highly likely... more »

28 Good Questions That The Mainstream Media Should Be Asking

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Dees Illustration Michael Snyder, *Contributor* Why is there so little trust in the mainstream media these days? CNN ratings have been hovering close to record lowsover the past few months. A recent Gallup survey found that 60 percent of all Americans "have little or no trust" in the mainstream media. That was a record high according to Gallup. So why is this happening? Sadly, the truth is that the mainstream media quit telling the truth a long time ago. The mainstream media has an agenda, and more Americans than ever are beginning to recognize this. Once upon a time, control of t... more »

CBS4 Investigates: Palm Beach County’s 2012 Ballot Debacle

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
CBS Miami Michele Gillen Al Paglia yearned to hear that he had won the Wellington, Florida city council election. “It was ecstasy I had 50 people at my house at 11:00 at night it finally came across the TV screen.” Paglia recalled. “On the election website Al Paglia upsets incumbent – it was wonderful.” The supposed win took place earlier this year in March. Even in the world of politics – his honeymoon was shorter than anyone could have imagined. Just days after being declared the victor in a city councilman race, he got a call saying he was indeed… a loser. It was Palm Beach S... more »

Robert Parry : Mitt Romney's Lies and Distortions

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 10 hours ago
That trademark Romney smirk. Image from policymic. Mitt Romney lies to the world Mitt Romney gave a rousing speech about how his foreign policy would be much more muscular than President Obama’s. But Romney displayed again his proclivity to lie on specifics and distort the broader reality. By Robert Parry / Consortium News / October 10, 2012 While it’s true that all politicians play games

British Terror suspects probed over kidnap of UK photographer in Syria.....Like to see the Press try and Blame this one on Assad

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Two Britons arrested at Heathrow Airport over alleged terrorism offences are to be questioned about the kidnap of a British photographer in Syria, the Metropolitan Police has said. * * *The man and woman, both aged 26, were arrested at 20:30 BST on Tuesday after their flight landed at the airport. They were held on suspicion of travelling to Syria in support of alleged terrorist activity. Police said their possible involvement in the abduction was a line of inquiry. British photographer John Cantlie - who had done work for the Sunday Times - and Dutch journalist Jeroen Oerlemans ... more »

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 10th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN IRAN at a depth of 15.8 km (9.8 miles), the quake hit at 16:56:34 UTC Wednesday 10th October 2012 The epicenter was 33 km (20 miles) South from Shiraz, Iran No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Pt 2- Libya: the deaths of Ambassador Stevens & Mr Shaaban, Seige of Bani Walid

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 10 hours ago
This is actually part 2 of a post that turned into a monstrosity. This piece will deal with Libya, the death of the Ambassador and the seige of Bani Walid. You can read it without reading the first piece, but, since all these countries are so interconnected via destabilization and ongoing rumours of war, both parts should be read together to form a cohesive picture of the global war agenda Pt 1- Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq etc., leading us back to Libya *Last but not least, certainly not least of all- Libya* As Freethinker mentions Bani Walid is under siege from the NATO government an... more »

We Agree: Defund!

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
Zygote zealots in Ontario are planning a repeat of last year's MASSIVE Defund Abortion Rally, but even MASSIVER this time. Today, Campaign Lie held a presser at Queen's Park, sponsored by CON MPPs Rick Nicholls, John O’Toole, and Randy Hillier, who unaccountably did NOT show their support in person. So, the old CON abortion peekaboo begins again. Conservative Leader Tim Hudak admitted* last year that he had signed an anti-abortion petition in the past, but said he had no plans to re-open the debate if he becomes premier. No, no, no, we are not reopening the abortion debate. It's th... more »

Status Update: Confirming the Obvious

Daniel Nexon at - 10 hours ago
We remain in a holding pattern while Disqus continues to fumble on the comment migration. For now, our posture is conservative: as long as we can’t guarantee that current comments will remain and can’t associate old comments with posts, we’re … Continue reading →

Coal,, Underground labour

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 10 hours ago
A skills shortage so claims the company that is importing Chinese labour, there was a show that ran on discovery channel called "COAL"......The work isn`t complicated, it`s dirty, dangerous, there is also the long term effects of working in underground coal mines.. _______ Chinese nationals brought in to fill B.C. coal miner shortage Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/2035/Chinese+nationals+brought+fill+coal+miner+shortage/7365764/story.html#ixzz28uyabnS7 ________________ I wouldn`t do it, there is probably plenty of Canadian youth willing to do the work, I`m sure m... more »

U.S. military in Jordan, eyes on Syria chemical weapons

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - A team of U.S. military planners is in Jordan to help the government grapple with Syrian refugees, bolster its military capabilities and prepare for any trouble with its chemical weapons stockpiles, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Wednesday. * "We have been working with Jordan for a period of time now ... on a number of the issues that have developed as a result of what's happened in Syria," Panetta told a news conference in Brussels. Panetta said those issues included monitoring chemical weapons sites "to determine how best to respond to any concerns in tha... more »

German think tanks to cut growth outlook

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Oct. 10 - Germany's leading economic institutes are to halve to 1% their forecasts for growth in Europe's biggest economy in 2013.*

Bashar Assad has assumed personal command of his forces

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The picture is deceptively normal. Posted on the Facebook page of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, it shows the first lady Asma, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, accompanying her daughter and three sons on their first day back at school.* Two of the boys wear camouflage shorts with khaki t-shirts and caps, in keeping with the spirit of a ruler under siege. Yet when she dropped off Hafez, the eldest, named after his strongman grandfather, only one other child had arrived in class because of rebel attacks in Damascus that morning. More than 18 months into the battle f... more »

Would Ryan's Plan Really Kill Medicare Or Not?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Republican strategists and propagandists get crazy whenever anyone points out that the Ryan budget-- voted for by nearly every Republican in Congress-- ends Medicare. Ryan was careful to *call* the inadequate, costly voucher system he would have set up in its place "Medicare." But is it Medicare? Does Ryan's draconian and dystopian budget kill Medicare or not? With just over 3 weeks left before voters in Wisconsin's first congressional district decide whether or not to replace Ryan with Rob Zerban, Blue America has deployed dozens of newspaper ads like the one below and 8 billboar... more »

The One Most Important Question Survivalists Can Ask Themselves: Why Are You Trying to Survive?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Dan and Sheila Gendron, *Contributors* With the news being what it is, the world has now come to the point at which a huge shake-up is undeniable – to anyone who has 2 cents worth of brain matter between their ears. So hordes are joining the stampede to become “survivalists”. The movement has even spurred the development of the “survival industry”, with commercials now being played on mainstream media stations for freeze-dried storage foods and solar generators. There is an old saying, “If you don't know where you're going, any road will do.” So if you are going to go the path ... more »

Ottawa Set To Ban Huawei From Bidding On Telecommunications Work - MEANWHILE Sask Premier Brad Wall Signs Business Deal With 'National Security Risk'

leftdog at Buckdog - 12 hours ago
*Brad Wall's entire political schtick is to portray himself as a wizard of business and economics. However, signing a deal with Huawei, a Chinese telco is being slammed as risky .. dangerous in fact.* *"Ottawa Set To Ban Chinese Firm From Telecommunications Bid **"Citing a rarely used national-security protocol, Ottawa has sent a signal to Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies that it would block the firm from bidding to build the Canadian government’s latest telecommunications and e-mail network.** **Shenzen-based Huawei is riding a storm of suspicion. On Monday, a p... more »  

Alan Waldman : Brit TV's 'League of Gentleman' a Hilarious Small-Town Horror Spoof

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
The League of Gentlemen is a mind-blowing British horror spoof. Waldman's film and TV treasures you may have missed: The League of Gentleman is a bizarre, hilarious Brit TV spoof of horror films. It is one of the most original and unpredictable comedy series ever. By Alan Waldman / The Rag Blog / October 10, 2012 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and

The Youngest Old Man in the Liberal Party

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
The *Ottawa Citizen's* Sue Riley looks at Justin Trudeau and sees the youngest old man in a Liberal Party full of old men. *...The Liberal leadership hopeful's much-anticipated launch speech last week was disappointingly banal. He ran through the familiar Liberal checklist: a nod to strength in diversity, the Charter of Rights, Quebec's central role, First Nations poverty and so on.* *Overall, the speech contained not one fresh idea or memorable quote, although the former high school drama teacher strove mightily to impart depth, quoting his father, who was quoting Paul to the Cori... more » 

US of ALEC - BecauseICan

2old2care at Because I Can - 12 hours ago
Direct Quote: 1992 Annual Report of the American Legislative Exchange Council *ALEC has proven that government can and should be for people, not government. * *And that ideas, not politicians, govern America. * *ALEC's record of success proves that ideas combined with action produces results. * *IDEAS, based on fundamental American principles. * *Action, from the efforts of 2,500 pro-free enterprise state legislators, representing more than 63 million Americans, working with hundreds of private sector partners. * *Results in the form of hundreds of model bills introduced and ena... more » 

Turkey Warns Syria It May Use ‘Greater Force’

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
With Syria’s civil strife coursing through major cities and unsettling neighboring countries, the Turkish military sounded a somber warning on Wednesday that it may respond more forcefully after days of shelling from Syria. News reports on Wednesday spoke of intensified fighting close to the Turkish-Syrian border near the Syrian frontier settlement of Azamarin, with mortar and machine-gun fire clearly audible from the Turkish side. As fighting near the 550-mile border has unfolded over the past week, several mortar bombs have landed on Turkish soil, prompting Turkish gunners to re... more »

workers on strike at walmart! support this historic labour action.

laura k at wmtc - 13 hours ago
Last Thursday, October 3, was a historic date for working people. For the first time in the 50-year history of Walmart, Walmart workers are on strike. Walmart is the largest private employer on the planet, with more than 2.2 million employees worldwide. Approximately one out of every 100 employed USians works at Walmart. And the company offers those employees some of the worst working conditions in North America. Walmart workers in Southern California were the first to walk out, forming picket lines last week. A few days later, they were joined by workers in Dallas, Texas, and Laur... more »

Mental illness impact said to be bigger than cancer

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The burden of mental illness and addictions is more than 1.5 times that of all cancers, a new report suggests. Wednesday's report, called Opening Eyes, Opening Minds, concluded that mental illness and addictions are often misunderstood, misdiagnosed and ignored, including in the health care system. "People can often dismiss mental illnesses as, 'Oh, that person is just feeling a little blue,'" said Sujitha Ratnasingham, lead author of the report by the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences and Public Health Ontario. "But they don't fully understand the impact it has on th... more »  

Tunisian children's magazine faces prosecution over article on how to make a Molotov cocktail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*A popular children's magazine in Tunisia is being prosecuted over an article explaining to its young readers how to make a petrol bomb. * Qaws Quzah magazine - meaning Rainbow in Arabic - now faces charges of inciting violence after its latest issue published a piece on the history of petrol bombs in its 'knowledge corner'. It also included instructions on how to make a homemade 'Molotov Cocktail' and a diagram in the magazine read by boys and girls aged five to 15. The piece described a Molotov Cocktail as 'an improvised weapon that is often used in riots and acts of sabotage be... more » 


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*Failure of canal gauges, other missteps show flaws in New Orleans flood system ~Steve Meyers, The Lens* *THIS is what happens "...corps’ pumps at...Orleans...caught fire...involved leaking hydraulic fluid" When THIS ignored ~Maria Garzino * *In Which Scott Fujita Owns Roger Goodell ~Black and Gold Review* *More land falls into sinkhole ~Advocate* *Mascot and Anonymous: Salacious New Orleans Newspaper's Scandals, Duels Revisited ~NOLA DEFENDER* 

Graph of the Day: Lead Concentrations in Spinach Grown in Varanasi, India

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: Lead concentrations in spinach grown in Varanasi, India. In Varanasi, a suburban middle-sized city in India, treated and untreated wastewater is used to irrigate crops. Over the long term, heavy metal pollutants (cadmium, copper, lead, zinc, nickel and chromium) from the wastewater have leached into the soil, and can be detected in significant amounts in the vegetables grown in these farms. Singh, et al., 2010 via interactioncouncil.org] This graph illustrates lead concentrations in spinach grown in Varanasi, India. (Singh, *et al.*, 2010) Domestic wastewater comprises di... more » 
Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
image source Paul Craig Roberts, *Contributor* On May 31, 2010, the Israeli right-wing government sent armed military troops to illegally board in international waters Gaza aid ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief. The Israelis murdered 8 Turkish citizens and one US citizen in cold blood. Many others were wounded by the forces of “the only democracy in the Middle East.” Despite the murder of its citizen, Washington immediately took the side of the crazed Israeli gov... more » 

Feeding 10 billion people in 2060 as desertification and freshwater depletion take toll on agriculture

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Hindu devotees crowd the site of a stampede after the accident on the banks of the River Ganges in Haridwar, 9 November 2011. The stampede killed 16 Hindu pilgrims and injured about 50 during a religious ceremony when thousands of people had converged on the river banks. AP] By KEN WILSON 26 September 2012 PICK a number and forecast global growth population by 2060. You know that by 2050 it will be nine billon. Exponentially that figure will increase to 10 billion by 2060, according to consultant Julian Cribb, author of *The Coming Famine*. Mr Cribb told delegates at ... more » 

LEHRER’S RERUN: Terrible, horrible, ungodly conduct!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012* *Part 5—What Lehrer did twelve years ago:* Twelve years ago, at this very time, why was the Gore campaign so angry at Jim Lehrer? (For background, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 10/9/12.) We have no first-hand knowledge. That said, Lehrer had engaged in horrible conduct at the first two Bush-Gore debates. If you lived in a rational world, liberals would have screamed about his conduct at the time. The events we’re about to describe would still be part of liberal lore. Many voters would have heard about this past misconduct. But you don’t live in that kind of w... more »

Red Cross urges Spanish to donate money for food parcels to give to their own countrymen, as 2.3 million are deemed 'extremely vulnerable'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*Spaniards are being called on to supply food parcels to their poverty-stricken counterparts as the nation’s economic crisis continues to bite.* Spain’s Red Cross today launches a drastic appeal for €30 million - a move which in recent years has been reserved for helping famine-hit African nations and earthquake-ravaged Haiti. It is the first time the agency’s annual campaign has focused solely on aiding people in its own country and will see essential food supplies handed out to 2.3 million ‘extremely vulnerable’ citizens over the next two years. The figure of those in need has ... more »

Leaked EU nuclear stress tests reveal hundreds of defects – None of France’s 58 nuclear power plants meet IAEA standards

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: A leaked EU stress test report says it it will cost €25 billion to bring Europe's nuclear reactors up to international saftey standards. Nicholas Sideras] By Nikolaj Nielsen 2 October 2012 BRUSSELS – Hundreds of defects have been found throughout Europe’s nuclear reactors and mostly in France, according to a EU stress test report leaked to the German and French media. The stress tests assess whether any of Europe’s 143 licensed nuclear power plants can withstand extreme events such as earthquakes and terrorists attacks. The tests were introduced after the nuclear accid... more »

US troops operating in Jordan near Syria border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
* US troops are operating in Jordan near the Syrian border in the biggest fixed deployment of American force in the region since the end of operations in Libya last year, officials have confirmed.* The 150 troops are intended in the first instance to help Jordan, a key but fragile US ally, deal with the influx of refugees from the fighting across the northern border. They are also preparing for any action that might be needed to secure Syria's chemical weapons in the event of the Assad regime losing control of them. But officials also told The New York Times that the possibility of... more »

Azhar Ahmed, a tasteless Facebook update, and more evidence of Britain's terrifying new censorship

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*Another day, another example of how our police and judiciary are criminalising nastiness. Today a young Muslim man who is angry at the UK's involvement in the ongoing Afghanistan conflict was sentenced for posting angry comments on Facebook stating that British soldiers “should die and go to hell”. Not exactly the nicest of sentiments, but is it really something we should be criminally prosecuting through the courts?* Azhar Ahmed, from Dewsbury, Yorkshire, escaped jail partially because he quickly took down his unpleasant posting and tried to apologise to those he offended. But he... more »

Skype Security threat

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
* Skype is being used by hackers to spread a malicious 'worm' that infects Windows PCs and can lock users out of their machines.* Skype users are warned not to click on any messages or links that they do not recognise. The security threat comes in the form of a seemingly innocent instant message on Skype saying "lol is this your new profile pic?" When users click on the message they unwittingly download a file containing a Trojan horse malware file. This Trojan horse opens a backdoor, allowing a remote hacker to take control of the infected PCs. Source

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