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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10 October - Blogs I'm Following

DORAL, FL - OCTOBER 10:  A search and rescue d...DORAL, FL - OCTOBER 10: A search and rescue dog is used to find possible survivors in the rubble of a four-story parking garage that was under construction and collapsed at the Miami Dade College’s West Campus on October 10, 2012 in Doral, Florida. Early reports indicate that one person was killed, at least seven people injured and an unknown number of people may be buried in the rubble. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
The Great Global Warming SwindleThe Great Global Warming Swindle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Construction of the new Miami-Dade Co...English: Construction of the new Miami-Dade College student union wellness center and food court next to the McDonalds in Downtown Miami. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Wolfson Campus, Miami Dade College: E...English: Wolfson Campus, Miami Dade College: Early Views (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Militant groups flourishing in Egypt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 42 seconds 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 - 42 seconds 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 - 6 minutes 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 - 30 minutes ago
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Miami-Dade College campus: Garage Collapses in Florida Killing 1

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 36 minutes 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 - 38 minutes 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 - 52 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 »

Iran can defeat 'barbaric' sanctions, vows leader

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

Israeli jets hit several targets in Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour 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

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour 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

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago
This is Part 1 of a post that got very cumbersome. Part 2 is linked below. Though you may not think so they are best read together, seriously. *Pt 2- Libya: the deaths of Ambassador Stevens & Mr Shaaban, Seige of Bani Walid* *Turkey- * * *Turkey warns Syria of “tougher response” on continued “shelling” General Necdet Özel, the Turkish chief of staff: “If this continues we will respond with greater force,” he said during a visit to Akçakale, a border town where five people were killed by a Syrian shell last week in the incident that pushed tensions to a new height. Of course who... more »

28 Good Questions That The Mainstream Media Should Be Asking

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 »

Bill Clinton Mocks Moderate Mitt

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 1 hour ago
"Where you been boy?" Bubba asked in full Bubba mode, adding, "I missed you all these last two years!" (h/t *TPM*)

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 10th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 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 - 2 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! - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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! - 2 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?

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 2 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 »

Qantas Planes In Near Miss Over Australian City

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
*An investigation is under way after two passenger jet's flew to within 250 metres.* An investigation is under way in Australia after two Qantas passenger jets were reportedly put on a collision course, coming just 800ft of each other. The near miss happened last week as the passenger planes were flying over Darwin in the far north of the country. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said it was investigating the incident in which a QantasLink Boeing 717 coming in to land flew close to a Melbourne-bound Qantas Boeing 737 which had just taken off. "A Boeing 717 inbound to ... more » 

What the Sam Hill has Mitt Romney proposed: Doyle McManus edition!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 2 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012* *The hopelessness of the whale:* Reading a post by Kevin Drum, we saw this quote from Doyle McManus in the Los Angeles Times: MCMANUS (10/10/12): But once the two candidates met on an equal footing in Denver, many voters were amazed to meet a Romney who seemed like an earnest businessman looking for ways to fix the economy—*a Romney who insisted that, contrary to his previously stated positions, he didn't want to cut taxes for the wealthy,* abandon healthcare reform or reduce education spending (issues that polls find especially important to female vote... more »

All I Do Sometimes Is Write "A Little Perspective" Posts

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 2 hours ago
I might want to get back into the discussion of whether and how twitter changed debate coverage, but one thing in Richard Just's column on it caught my eye: [I]f the new polls are accurate, a not insignificant percentage of Americans have switched their votes since last Wednesday—meaning that they, like many journalists, have apparently decided that a few too many “uhs” by Obama on national television should override all the substantive issues facing the country. I don't know what "not insignificant percentage" means to him, but it's worth pointing out just how few people we're tal... more »

Mitt Romney Debates Mitt Romney

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 3 hours ago
Presented without comment.

Trichet Exclusive: "Trichet Letters" and Ireland's bailout

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
*Oct. 10 - Ex-ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet plays down his correspondence he with the Dublin - the so-called ''Trichet Letters'' - in the run-up to Ireland asking for a bailout in late 2010*

State of the Union of Pottersville

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 3 hours ago
I don't have much time for blogging these days and today's no exception so I'm just going to lay our dog-eared cards on the table. The day after Halloween, Mr. Potter's going to be banging on our front door with his wheelchair in three weeks snarling for his rent and it won't be there. As of right now, all the money in the world is $350 in cash we have right here in the house and less than $50 in our Paypal account. We still need another $300 just to make the rent and our outstanding phone bill for the last two months is almost $105. For now, we have the auto insurance company off ... 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 two million employees worldwide. Twenty percent of all employed USians work at Walmart. And it offers 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 Laurel, Maryland. The strike has ... more »

What has Candidate Romney proposed?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 4 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012* *There’s little sign that the Times cares:* It’s astounding to see the way the press corps has covered this White House campaign—a campaign we’d call “post-information.” We’re especially struck by the virtual absence of discussion of major policy proposals. Consider the policy proposal which popped at last week’s debate—Mitt Romney’s seven-month-old tax proposal. (Obama kept saying *eighteen* months. That was wrong, but whatever.) One day after the debate, the New York Times swung into action, at least in its later editions. In a fact-check feature wh... more »

An anti-Semitic mural on the streets of London?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 4 hours ago
Tower Hamlets Council says the following: 'Community concerns about Hanbury Street 'mural' Whilst the mural that has been put up on a building in Hanbury Street is not on council property, the council is responding to a number of complaints about it and working with the police in order to establish how best to proceed. The Revd. Preb. Alan Green, Area Dean of Tower Hamlets and Rector of St John on Bethnal Green, who serves as Chair of the No Place For Hate Forum, said: “Whilst I appreciate street art in Tower Hamlets, it must always respect the principles of our diverse community.... more »

Nationwide - Covering ALEC's Butt or Their Own???

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
Got a plug from CMD this morning – which I very appreciated. However, a review of ALEC materials by the "2old2care" blog, verified by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), revealed that a Nationwide employee received an ALEC award for corporate lobbyists and special interest group representatives four years ago. BUT – I take issue with this statement from Nationwide in the CMD article. Nationwide's current Director of Public Relations, Dace de la Foret, told CMD: "I spoke to Susan *Valauri*, and she confirmed that based on Nationwide's decision not to continue its affiliation w... more »

Please Help Today

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
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Mental illness impact said to be bigger than cancer

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 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 - 5 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 »

Six penguins die at London Zoo after being bitten by mosquitoes in avian malaria outbreak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*Six penguins have been killed by a malaria outbreak at London Zoo.* The birds were bitten by mosquitoes who have been thriving because of Britain's record wet summer, experts said today. This avian strain cannot be passed on to humans but penguins are particularly vulnerable to the deadly virus because unlike many native birds they have not built up resistance to it. All the dead were Humboldt penguins - a South American species. Vets have given the 58 remaining penguins in the colony specialist drugs to protect them against contacting the disease. Read More


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 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 - 5 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 » 

America’s Moral Degeneracy

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 5 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 »

The FAO Food Price Index up 1.4 percent in September

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 5 hours ago
[image: Graph of the FAO Food Price Index for September 2012. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 216 points in September 2012, up 3 points (1.4 percent) from August. Following two months of stability, the Index rose slightly, mostly on strengthening dairy and meat prices and more contained increases for cereals. Prices of sugar and oils fell. fao.org] 4 October 2012 (FAO) – The FAO Food Price Index averaged 216 points in September 2012, up 3 points (1.4 percent) from August. Following two months of stability, the Index rose slightly, mostly on strengthening dairy and meat prices an... more »

SPORT / Dave Zirin : The Player's Tweet that Told the Truth

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
Cardale Jones' revealing tweet. Image from BigLeadSports. The smartest, or dumbest, (or maybe smartest) tweet an athlete ever sent We are corrupting these young people by demanding that they become complicit in a sham. By Dave Zirin / The Rag Blog / October 10, 2012 Many allegedly great minds from professors to school presidents have devoted peals of pages to the multi-billion dollar

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

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 5 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 »

For Obama, No More Excuses?

When the much-maligned Bob Herbert (remember when he used to write for the New York Times?) starts in on Obama, it's time to pay attention, folks. For Obama, No More Excuses Bob Herbert Friday, October 5, 2012 It's time to stop making excuses for Barack Obama. With so much at stake in this election, his performance at the debate on Wednesday night was indefensible. President Obama

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

bob somerby at the daily howler - 5 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 »

Underestimating the dangers of peak oil and climate change

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 5 hours ago
[image: Adelie penguins walk on the ice at Cape Denison in Antarctica, in this December 2009 file photo. The ongoing warming at the poles affects weather patterns that already have and will continue to threaten crop yields around the world. Paukine Askin / Reuters] By Kurt Cobb 8 October 2012 Many people dismiss the risks associated with oil depletion and climate change – even many who accept the two issues as problems. They judge those risks to be small or at least manageable. Since no one can know the future, we cannot be sure whether they are right or wrong. But even if they ar... 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 5 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 - 6 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 - 6 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

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall Signs Business Deal With Chinese Company That Is Causing National Security Worries

leftdog at Buckdog - 6 hours ago
*Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently traveled to the People's Republic of China to witness the signing of an agreement between SaskTel and Huawei Canada. The agreement is intended to bring next generation wireless broadband technology to parts of rural Saskatchewan. * *But there are some serious concerns with Saskatchewan's agreement with Huawei. The fact that the United States House of Representatives’Intelligence Committeehas strongly urged American firms to stop doing business with Huawei makes you wonder if Wall did sufficient 'due diligence' before signing on with the Chi... more »

Anti-European tide sets Conservatives against Brussels

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
* BIRMINGHAM (Reuters) - A bloodied figure climbed out of a coffin and lurched across the square screaming at passers-by, as three pale-faced women dressed as witches squawked and wailed.* "We are the zombie euro zone economies," they cried. "We are the walking dead. We are Greece, Spain and Ireland. Give us trillions, sir, of your money to help us. Do you feel the contagion ? Do you feel the disease?" Welcome to this year's conference of the Conservative Party, where hostility to the European Union and to the euro currency has reached new heights. Europe has never been popular am... more »

EADS, BAE Deal Dead: Germany Blamed for wrecking the $45 billion deal.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(Reuters) - EADS and BAE Systems called off the world's largest defense and aviation merger on Wednesday, and sources close to the talks blamed Germany for wrecking the $45 billion deal.* BAE said it had become clear that the interests of the French, British and German governments could not be reconciled with each other or with the objectives that BAE and EADS established for the merger. "BAE Systems and EADS have therefore decided it is in the best interests of their companies and shareholders to terminate the discussions and to continue to focus on delivering their respective st... more »

Panetta promises action against Afghan insider attacks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*(Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sought to reassure NATO allies on Wednesday effective action was being taken to stop "insider" attacks on their soldiers that have undermined trust between coalition and Afghan forces.* Panetta also told a meeting of alliance defense ministers the 11-year-old Afghan war had "reached a critical moment" after the pullout of 33,000 U.S. "surge" troops brought in two years ago to help counter a strengthening Taliban insurgency. He said the coalition's response to attacks by Taliban insurgents disguised as Afghan policemen or soldiers an... more »

BAE And EADS Confirm Merger Deal Is Dead

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
* It has been confirmed that the proposed £28bn merger between BAE Systems and EADS will not take place because of the failure of competing governments to agree equity terms.* “BAE Systems and EADS announce that they have decided to terminate their discussions.” the two companies said this lunchtime in a joint statement. “Discussions with the relevant governments had not reached a point where both companies could fully disclose the benefits and detailed business case for this merger. BAE Systems and EADS are, however, confident that these would have provided a strong case to take t... more »

'Heathrow Terror Suspect May Be NHS Doctor'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Police are investigating whether a man held on suspicion of committing terrorism offences is a NHS doctor who led a terror group. * Police are trying to establish if a man who was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Tuesday is a doctor who took a sabbatical to lead a terror group, which shot and kidnapped a British photographer in Syria. The doctor ended up treating the photographer who was later freed. More follows...

5.8 Magnitude Earthquake COSTA RICA - 10th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck COSTA RICA at a depth of 35.3 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 12:19:47 UTC Wednesday 10th October 2012 The epicenter was 14 km (8 miles) NNE of Nicoya, Costa Rica No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time 

On Liberty: More Relevant Than Ever

Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 6 hours ago
*by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy * In his classic essay "On Liberty", John Stuart Mill deals with the issue of "civil liberties" --not the metaphysical issue of "free will". While most attacks on civil liberties have historically occurred from the right within the context of a tyrannical or an aristocratic rule, Mill deals with threats against liberty from within the institutions of democracy itself. The issue is especially relevant at a time when widespread domestic wiretapping and surveillance violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The aim of early liberta... more »

Was it worth it? Afghanistan 11 years later

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Global Research Tanya Carlina Hsu [image: afghanmap]*October 7 marked the eleventh anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan. More than 2,000 American soldier**s have now been killed, and as the US presidential candidates debate each other to lead the most dominant power on Earth, perhaps it is time for someone to ask them: Was it worth it?* On September 11th 2001, 2,977 people were killed. Almost 700 people in one firm alone (Cantor-Fitzgerald) died; 343 fire fighters and paramedics were killed, as were 60 police officers. Only 291 bodies were ever found ‘intact’. Over half of the... more »

ALEC Privatization - Lousy Services - Excellent Corporate Profits

2old2care at Because I Can - 6 hours ago
* * CCA Announces 2012 First Quarter Financial Results ** Management revenue from our state partners increased to $215.8 million during the first quarter of 2012 compared with $213.8 million during the prior year period. State revenue increased primarily due to higher inmate populations from the state of Ohio Total management revenue for the first quarter of 2012 increased to $434.2 million from $423.8 million during the first quarter of 2011. For the first quarter of 2012, CCA generated net income of $31.7 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared with net income of $40.3 mill... more »

Peek a boo

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago

PA Homeowners Face Environmental Covenants on Their Properties Because of Lead Contamination

By: Duane Craig Property owners near Reading, Penn. got news recently that lead contamination left over from using old batteries as fill material will likely never be completely cleaned up. The affected area is on Mt. Laurel Road in Alsace Township. People who attended a recent town meeting about planned cleanup efforts also remembered collecting battery caps from the crushed carcasses of discarded batteries when they were children. Samples taken at four residences showed elevated levels of lead, with one having concentrations seven times the acceptable limit. A nearby well also ex... more »

A Letter From Barney Frank To Blue America

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Dear Friend, I am writing to ask you to fight back against Paul Ryan’s right-wing Republican assault on Medicare, Medicaid, and other important programs. You have a chance today to push back against Ryan by helping to elect two new progressive House members, Rob Zerban and Lee Rogers. Rob is running against Ryan in his Wisconsin district-- Ryan remains on the ballot even though he is running to be Vice President. Lee Rogers is running against House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon in California. By donating today, you can help provide needed funds to Rob’s and Lee’s campaigns ... more »

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 6 hours ago
Mark Twain knew what he was talking about. So did Upton Sinclair. Yesterday, *The Sixth Estate *suggested that the next self regulation debacle is going to be in the airline industry, which is also subject to the government's Safety Management System: We don’t have to wait for a major airline crash to discover that there are major systemic flaws in the SMS approach as taken by the government, although that’s probably what it will take, if the agriculture system is any indication in this regard. Recently the Auditor-General examined airline SMS and the results were pretty much wha... more »

WotW: Boost Your Cred with a Slick Resume

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 6 hours ago
There are few things I hate more than messing with my *resume*. I recently went through the painful job application process, firing off scores of resumes, each custom tailored for the needs of the job for which I was applying. It took an absurd amount of time. I'm sure you've experienced the same thing. Of course, I have a solution for simplifying the resume process. No, I can't promise it will get you a job, but I can promise to save you a whole bunch of time in the future. The site CVMaker makes creating and updating resumes a piece of cake, and it's free! Better than just bei... more »

Visitors from Elsewhen: Time Travelers Among Us

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 6 hours ago
*Visitors from Elsewhen: Time Travelers Among Us* *By Scott Corrales (c) 2012* Time travel is a subject that has fascinated all manner of authors and given rise to a galaxy of speculation. Whether it’s the romantic, non-technical treatment of *Somewhere in Time* (1980), the high-tech action adventure of the *Time Tunnel* (1968) or contemporary projects like *Looper*(2012), the thought of going back to visit our collective historic past – or the subjective personal past – remains a gripping concept, and one that is surely to remain with us for generations to come. Th... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 10th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 34.8 km (21.6 miles), the quake hit at 11:39:00 UTC Wednesday 10th October 2012 The epicenter was 211 km (131 miles) WSW from Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Noah Lowry, 32. 100 GS, 109 ERA+, and done after his age 26 season. It's still a brutal game for pitchers. How about a little good stuff: 1. More on House races and Super PACs, this time from Eric McGhee. Excellent, on an absolutely important topic. One nitpick; I'd call much (most?) of the Super PAC money coming in party money, even though it isn't controlled by formal party organizations. And if it's not being spent the way formal party organization money is being spent, that's pretty interesting. 2. I see that Jamelle and I were totally on about the same thing... more »

ROBERTO Laudisio Curti believed police were "bad people" and he would be dead before the end of the year after taking a mind-altering drug

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Psychiatrist Jonathan Phillips told an inquest into the Brazilian student's death that the 21-year-old appeared to have entered a "psychotic state" by the early hours of March 18. * Mr Curti had been acting "increasingly strange" after sharing a tab of LSD with two friends while out celebrating St Patrick's day. He later jumped the counter at a city convenience store and stole two packets of biscuits before police confronted him and chased him through the CBD. Dr Phillips said the student's statements to the convenience-store attendant - that he was a "messenger from God" and abo... more »

“American Empire: A Disaster on Autopilot”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“American Empire: A Disaster on Autopilot”* The Discrediting of US Military Power by Tom Engelhardt “Americans lived in a “victory culture” for much of the twentieth century. You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism- think of it as the real “American Century”- from World War I to the end of the Cold War, with time off for a destructive stalemate in Korea and a defeat in Vietnam too shocking to absorb or shake off. When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, it all seemed so obvious. Fate had clearly dealt Washington a royal flush. It was vi... more »

Center For Food Safety Request: Help Us To End FDA’s Failure to Protect Food Safety

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
Help Us To End FDA’s Failure to Protect Food Safety The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year, roughly 1 in 6 Americans (48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. In January 2011, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to improve our food safety laws by mandating FDA to require preventive controls across the food supply. As the first overhaul of food safety oversight since 1938, these long-overdue measures include inspecting food producers as a means of holding industry accountable ... more »

U.S. Now Overtly Supports MKO's Terrorist Operations

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Iran Review Interview with Tony Cartalucci By: Kourosh Ziabari *In a flagrant show of hostility toward the Iranian nation and a clear exercise of double standards in dealing with international terrorism, the U.S. Department of State has just removed the name of Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) from its list of foreign terrorist organizations. MKO which was established on September 5, 1965 is a terrorist cult which assisted Saddam Hussein in the 1980s war with Iran and killed more than 40,000 innocent Iranian civilians. It's also responsible for the assassination of several high... more »

New Senate Report: Counterterrorism “Fusion Centers” Invade Innocent Americans’ Privacy and Don’t Stop Terrorism

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
EFF By Mark M. Jaycox and Trevor Timm The Department of Homeland Security’s 70 counterterrrorism “fusion centers” produce“predominantly useless information,” “a bunch of crap,” while “running afoul of departmental guidelines meant to guard against civil liberties” and are “possibly in violation of the Privacy Act.” These may sound like the words of EFF, but in fact, these conclusions come from a new report issued by a US Senate committee. At the cost of up to $1.4 billion, these fusion centers are supposed to facilitate local law enforcement sharing of valuable counterterrorism info... more »


Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
BY BRADLEY KLAPPER AND LARRY MARGASAK ASSOCIATED PRESS The State Department said Tuesday it never concluded that the consulate attack in Libya stemmed from protests over an American-made video ridiculing Islam, raising further questions about why the Obama administration used that explanation for more than a week after assailants killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The revelation came as new documents suggested internal disagreement over appropriate levels of security before the attack, which occurred on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on th... more »

'Another One Bites the Dust'

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Daily Bell *Noel Polanco, Unarmed Man Killed By NYPD, Was National Guardsman ... An unarmed 22-year-old man shot and killed by a New York City police officer during a traffic stop in Queens Thursday morning was a member of the New York Army National Guard, authorities said. Police said Noel Polanco was speeding and driving erratically near LaGuardia Airport just after 5 a.m. when he was pulled over by officers. New York Police Department sources initially told news outlets that as two officers approached the car, Polanco reached under his seat, prompting Detective Hassam Handy to s... more »

Rule of Law or Why Bailing Out Jehovah's Witnesses is OK

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
Justice Tom Bingham defined the Rule of Law as follows: "The core of the ... principle is ... that all persons and authorities within the state, whether public or private, should be bound by and entitled to the benefits of laws publicly made ... and publicly administered in the courts." Hon. Eugene A. Forsey explains this principle in *How Canadians Govern Themselves* this way: It means that everyone is subject to the law; that no one, no matter how important or powerful, is above the law — not the government; not the Prime Minister, or any other Minister; not the Queen or the Go... more »

Conservatives have been making a lot of things up -'Lying Liars'!!

leftdog at Buckdog - 7 hours ago
*Canadians deserve better!* 


Anon at aangirfan - 7 hours ago
*'Training facility in the USA', identical to the 'bin Laden' compound.* The alleged bin Laden shooting, on 1 May 2011, looks entirely fake. Allegedly, in North Carolina, the CIA had a 'Bin Laden raid' training facility with the exact same layout as the Pakistan compound. Satellite maps reportedly reveal a structure in the USA identical to bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Cryptome.org on 9 October 2012 published the satellite images. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2215429/Osama-Bin-Laden-raid-CIA-training-facility-shown-satellite-maps-layout-Pakistan-compoun... more »

Earth may be cancelling the 2012-2013 El Niño

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 7 hours ago
The Earth was experiencing a La Niña in 2010-2011 and another one in 2011-2012. Recall that La Niña is a "little girl" in Spanish and as you may know, girls have "something missing" in the middle between the two hemispheres – in particular, the equatorial Pacific Ocean is cooler (has less heat) than the normal. It goes in the other way around for El Niño, a Spanish "little boy" who has something extra (extra heat) in the middle. Due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean dynamics on the globe, a La Niña usually brings a cooling of the global mean temperature with a 6-month delay... more »

False Flag Hack Attacks Used to Bring About Control of the Free and Open Internet

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
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Are Businesses Quietly Preparing for a Financial Apocalypse?

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
Dan Steinhart *Casey Research* US corporations are sitting on more cash than at any point since World War II. That's *without* including banks. I'm only talking about nonfinancial corporations – the ones that sell goods and services and make the economy go. Those businesses hold $1.4 trillion. In absolute terms, that's *the most ever.* In relative terms, it's the*most since World War II*. As investors, we can infer quite a bit from corporations' inability (or unwillingness) to deploy their cash.For one, it indicates that business have assumed a very defensive stance. Cash, of ... more »

Yekaterina Samutsevich: Pussy Riot Member Freed From Jail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich has been freed from jail by a Moscow court.* Her two-year sentence for hooliganism driven by religious hatred and offending religious believers was suspended following an appeal. The judge upheld the two-year jail sentences handed down to two other members of the punk band for a protest against President Vladimir Putin in a cathedral. All three women, who were convicted in August, argued in court on Wednesday that their impromptu performance inside Moscow's main cathedral in February was political in nature and not an attack on religion. ... more »

ROMNEY: 'You have to scratch your head when president spends week talking about 'Big Bird''

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Mitt Romney, speaking to a crowd of about 1,200 on a farm here in Van Meter, Iowa, criticized President Obama's recent focus on Big Bird on the campaign trail.* "You have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about saving Big Bird," he said. "I actually think we need to have a president who talks about saving the American people and saving good jobs." Read More


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Big Bird, it seems, isn’t thrilled about his cameo in the presidential race.* The folks at Sesame Street are asking the Obama campaign to pull down a TV ad released Tuesday that mocks Mitt Romney for vowing to yank the subsidy to PBS. At the presidential debate in Denver last week, Mr. Romney said he would end the subsidy in view of the nation’s fiscal troubles. Read More

SpaceX rocket glitch puts satellite in wrong orbit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 9 - A prototype communications satellite flying as a secondary payload aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon 9 rocket was sent into the wrong orbit because of a problem during launch Sunday evening, officials said Tuesday.* One of the nine Merlin engines powering the Falcon 9 rocket shut down early, though the other engines burned longer to make up for the loss of thrust, saving the primary mission of delivering a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station for NASA. The rocket blasted off at 8:35 p.m. EDT Sunday (0035 GMT Monday) fro... more »

Stacey Dash Defends Her Support of Mitt Romney

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*"Clueless" actress Stacey Dash appeared on "Piers Morgan Tonight" and told the CNN host that she recently endorsed Mitt Romney on Twitter because she wants the next four years to be different.* Dash came under attack on Twitter shortly after publicly supporting Romney on Oct. 7. Most of the negative responses against the 46-year-old actress had to do with her race and gender. "The fury, I really don't understand the fury," she told Morgan Tuesday night. "I don't understand it. I don't get it…I was shocked, saddened. Not angry. Saddened and really shocked. But you know what, you ca... more »

ZeroHedge Guest Post: ''The World's Largest Money-Laundering Machine: The Federal Reserve''

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds The World's Largest Money-Laundering Machine: The Federal Reserve* The Fed policy's first-order effect is to issue hundreds of billions in "free money" to banks; the second-order effect is to destroy the rule of law in the U.S. Let's start with a few questions about the proper role of the Central State and Central Bank: why should they bail out private banks? The answer boils down to something like this: "If the private banks absorbed the losses that are rightly theirs in a capitalist system, they would implode. Since the State an... more »

An Inside Look at the NYPD's Stop-and-Frisk Policy

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
*The Nation* A secret audio recording of a stop-and-frisk in action sheds unprecedented light on a practice that has put the city's young people of color in the NYPD's crosshairs. Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Share this using the tools below. Sharing on Reddit and Newsvine will help the most.

The Crash of 1929

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago

Russian Ruble the Next Reserve Currency?'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has recently surprised the international business community by saying that the Russian ruble could become an international reserve currency in the near future. The current situation in the global economy suggests such a development. Experts tried to figure out to which extent it was possible and what the move could bring to Russia. * Historically, the U.S. dollar became the main reserve currency for the entire postwar period (during 1945-1980). Only after the establishment of the European Monetary System in 1979, with the mechanism of joint ... more »

Informed juror saves marijuana dispensary owner from prison

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
J.G. Vibes It was almost jury nullification, but not quite. Jason Andrews is a California Medical Marijuana dispensary owner who provides free cannabis to terminally ill patients, and for the past two years he has been facing state charges on Sales and Trafficking of Marijuana, in a state where medical marijuana is legal. Andrews even has all of the required government licensing, and complies with all of the regulations, his operation is 100% legal. Earlier this year his case was to be decided in court, and things really weren’t looking good for him. Luckily, there was one juro... more »

Spread SUSY: wino LSP, displaced vertices, cosmic antiprotons

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 8 hours ago
There's an interesting hep-ph paper on the arXiv today. It was written by Lawrence J. Hall, Yasunori Nomura, and Satoshi Shirai: Spread Supersymmetry with Wino LSP: Gluino and Dark Matter Signals These authors claim that they have the most natural version of the split supersymmetry – recall that it's a version of SUSY where most of the superpartners are very heavy, inaccessible to the colliders, but some of them remain light, attempting to preserve the MSSM/GUT gauge coupling unification and to offer a dark matter candidate. *When talking about spread things, you totally had to th... more »

U.S. Jobs Lies, Damned Lies and the 7.8% Unemployment Rate

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Shadowstats.com Author John Williams wonders if politics are at play behind the latest jobs report, which shows 114,000 new U.S. jobs since September and a 0.3% drop in unemployment since August. Investors need to know how seasonal factors and month-to-month volatility affect the Bureau of Labor Statistics' reports. In this exclusive interview with The Gold Report , Williams explains why he doubts that we are in a recovery. The take-away? Look at the unadjusted figures before you sell your gold.* The Gold Report: John, as Mark Twain famously quipped, "There are three kinds of lie... more » 

Dying Woman Humiliated By the TSA

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
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Obama: Nobel Peace Prize winner with a kill list

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
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What to Expect When the Reign of the U.S. Dollar Comes to an End

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Speaking last week, the Chief Executive of Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) claimed that if the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and spending cuts go into effect on January 1, the U.S. dollar would lose its reserve currency status. * As the Vampire Squid's representatives often do, Blankfein actually has it backwards. Contrary to what Blankfein thinks, a legitimate movement to deal with the fiscal cliff would cut the federal deficit in half, make the country more or less solvent and strengthen the dollar. However, the problem is that the fiscal cliff involves pain. And since politician... more »

China, Russia, and the End of the Petrodollar

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Say you’re an up-and-coming superpower wannabe with dreams of dominating your neighbors and intimidating everyone else. Your ambition is understandable; rising nations always join the “great game”, both for their own enrichment and in defense against other big players.* But if you’re Russia or China, there’s something in your way: The old superpower, the US, has the world’s reserve currency, which allows it to run an untouchable military empire basically for free, simply by creating otherwise-worthless pieces of paper and/or their electronic equivalent. Russia and China can’t do t... more »

Morten Storm: Danish man claims he worked with the CIA to infiltrate al Qaeda as a double agent... and he was so important Obama knew him by name

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*A Danish man has come forward and claimed he worked with the CIA to infiltrate al-Qaeda as a double agent and provided vital information on radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki that led to the wanted terrorist being killed in an American drone strike.* The man, Morten Storm, who has come forward to Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten has said that he was a former Islamic supremacist before the Danish intelligence service PET convinced him to change sides and work for them and eventually the American CIA. Storm has claimed that he became so deeply trusted by Anwar al-Awlaki, that U.S. pres... more »

Is This the End of the Petro-Dollar?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 8 hours ago
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Political Profiling of a "constitutionalist" turns simple domestic call into SWAT raid

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
Dees Illustration J.G. Vibes A farming family in Letha, Idaho recently had their house raided and were assaulted by police after a neighbor called the police when overhearing a verbal argument between the husband and wife who owned the house. In any other situation they would have had a simple knock on their door and the police would check in to make sure that no one was being hurt. However, Marcella Cruz and Michael Gibbons were flagged in the police department’s database as dangerous individuals because one or both of them identified as “constitutionalists”. Due to this ide... more »

Mark Bridger Remanded for the Murder of 5 year old April Jones

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*Mark Bridger, the man accused of murdering missing five-year-old April Jones, has been remanded in custody until January 11.* Bridger, 46, appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court via video link from prison in Manchester. Sitting in front of a green curtain Bridger, who was unshaven and wore a black sweatshirt, seemed calm and listened closely to what was happening in court. On Saturday, he was charged with the murder and abduction of April along with attempting to pervert the course of justice by the disposal or concealment of a body. He will now face a plea and case management heari... more »

Gitmo's Coming to Neighborhood Near You

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
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9 Ways To Identify The Enemies Of Freedom

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 9 hours ago
Dees Illustration Brandon Smith, *Contributor* The greatest and most often exploited weakness of any revolution for freedom is the inability of the downtrodden populace to identify the true enemy. History is littered with the shattered remnants of rebellions that were built upon legitimate causes but suffered because of misdirection and faulty assumptions. For centuries, the real culprits of tyranny have found ways to redirect the ire of those they harmed in their quest for power, usually by offering a tempting scapegoat that appeals to the public’s darker impulses; their biases, ... more »

Gil Collar 'had taken LSD' Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran said at a news conference.....Previous Zombie Cases: What they have in Common - Naked, biting and speaking of spiritual quest - Official Explanation: Drugs, Cloud Nine, Bath Salts, marijuana and now LSD

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*The unarmed college student fatally shot by a campus police officer in the early hours of Saturday morning had taken LSD and assaulted three people before chasing him, authorities have revealed.* Gil Collar, 18, took the drug at an outdoor music festival before assaulting two people in vehicles and trying to bite a woman's arm, Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran said at a news conference on Tuesday. The University of South Alabama freshman then went to the campus police headquarters, where he was shot by the officer, who has been identified as 27-year-old Trevis Austin. Austin, wh... more »

Jessica Ridgeway Missing: Parents of missing Colorado girl, 10, deny involvement in her disappearance five days after she vanished

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
* The parents of a 10-year-old Colorado girl who has been missing since last Friday spoke out for the first time on Tuesday, denying any involvement in her disappearance. * 'I know I didn't do anything. Everybody that's here knows I didn't do anything,' said Jessica Ridgeway's mother, Sarah, surrounded by relatives dressed in purple - her daughter's favorite color. She added, 'Nobody in this room did anything to harm her or a tiny hair on her little head.' Sarah Ridgeway was joined by ten family members, among them her ex-husband, Jeremiah Bryant, who said that when questioned by... more »

State Department Finaly admits there were no protests before Libya consulate attack of 'unprecedented lethality'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*This time last month, it was business as usual at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.* A day later, ambassador Chris Stevens and several agents were dead, in an attack which was as brutal as it was deadly. Officials have now described the overnight attack, which saw agents trapped in the burning compound before finally speeding away as attackers threw grenades and sprayed their armoured vehicle with gunfire from AK-47 assault rifles from a distance of two feet. Meanwhile, the ambassador was locked in a safe-room as the compound filled with flames. When the decision was ma... more »

Police tackle 'credible' terror threat on 10th anniversary of Bali bombings, with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard believed to be a target

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
* Indonesia has declared its highest security alert, saying there was "credible information" of a threat against a ceremony on Friday marking the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings. * Bali police have warned of a "credible" threat with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard believed to be a target. As hundreds of relatives and friends of the victims of the 2002 bombings arrive in Bali ahead of Friday’s memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of Indonesia’s deadliest terrorist attack, the authorities have raised the country’s security alert to its highest level after recei... more »

French Jews face unprecedented wave of anti-Semitic attacks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*In the wake of a raid on an Islamic terror cell, French police warn that more attacks on Jews are yet to come* French police who raided an Islamic terror cell over the weekend found documents showing the ring was planning new attacks against the Jewish community: 27,000 euros in cash, a list of Jewish organizations in the Paris area, ammunition, Islamist manuals and "extremely" anti-Semitic documents. Following the raid on the cell believed responsible for a recent grenade attack on a kosher supermarket in a Parisian suburb, police protection was increased for synagogues, Jewish ... more »

Angela Merkel's visit to Greece: what the papers say

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
* "Disgusting" protests, "outrageous" support from Germany's left wing leader for his Greek counterpart and "relief and satisfaction" is some of the media reaction following Angela Merkel's meeting with Antonis Samaras on Tuesday. * Germany's biggest selling tabloid newspaper doesn't do subtle, and today is no exception. Angela Merkel may be many things, it says, but she's not a Nazi. The paper attacks the "disgusting" protests against Merkel in Athens yesterday. And just to rub salt in German wounds, it adds: "we always pay more". In this case, €30m more to support administrative... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Royal butler Paul Kidd, who 'ran paedophile sex ring while working for Royal Family'* Jimmy Savile, and members of the Royal family, used to visit Jersey. In 2008, T Stokes wrote about the child abuse on the island of Jersey, and, a* Royal Butler *(Link from Tete Wilson) "The discovery, at the Jersey care home of Haut De La Garenne, of human bone fragments, has prompted a thorough search of the building by Chief Officer Lenny Harper for more bodies. "Almost 200 children who had spent time in the home had complained of various abuses... "The incriminating evidence is said by thos... more »

Malala Yousafzai: Pakistan bullet surgery 'successful'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*Surgeons in Pakistan say they have removed a bullet from a 14-year-old girl who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in the Swat Valley.* Malala Yousafzai, a campaigner for girls' rights, is reported to be in a stable condition after the operation. Gunmen attacked Miss Yousafzai and also wounded two other girls as they left school on Tuesday, sparking international condemnation. The militants said they targeted her because she "promoted secularism". A spokesman for the Islamist militant group, Ehsanullah Ehsan, told BBC Urdu on Tuesday that Miss Yousafzai would not be spared if ... more »

BAE/EADS deal on the verge of collapse

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*Last-ditch talks fail to resolve a political impasse between the UK, French and German governments ahead of 5pm takeover deadline* The €35bn (£28bn) merger between BAE Systems and EADS is on the brink of collapse after last-ditch talks failed to resolve a political impasse between the UK, French and German governments. Sources close to the talks said the companies' respective boards are meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss progress in overnight talks involving the three powers that could veto the combination of Britain's largest defence contractor and the owner of Airbus. One s... more »

Sir Jimmy Savile's gravestone to go to landfill after family removes it from cemetery overnight

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*Sir Jimmy Savile's headstone will be broken up and sent to landfill after it was removed late last night.* The elaborate tombstone was removed at midnight after Savile's family requested it be taken away out of "respect to public opinion". The move came after police said they believe the "predatory sex offender" could have abused up to 25 victims over 40 years. Savile's family said they made the decision to ensure the "dignity and sanctity" of Woodlands Cemetery in Scarborough. The headstone, which bears the star's image and lists his accomplishments, including the epitaph "It wa... more »

4 Crew Members found with meningitis Aboard an Italian cruise ship

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(CNN) -- Doctors distributed antibiotics to passengers aboard an Italian cruise ship after four crew members were diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, Italy's health ministry reported Monday.* All four were taken to hospitals in the Italian port of Livorno after the crew of the MSC Orchestra reported the illnesses, the ministry said. More than 2,800 doses of the antibiotics ciprofloxacin and rifampicin were issued for passengers, and the ministry said passengers who have disembarked in the past week should take similar precautions. The 294-meter (965-foot), 2,500-passenger Orchest... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 10th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the MOLUCCA SEA at a depth of 34.7 km (21.6 miles), the quake hit at 09:04:39 UTC Wednesday 10th October 2012 The epicenter was 181 km (112 miles) NNW from Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Jeffrey McMullen tries to rob bank of $1 in prison bid

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*NORTHERN CAMBRIA, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man tried to rob a Pennsylvania bank of $1 because he hoped to be sent to a federal prison nearby.* A police complaint says 50-year-old regular customer Jeffrey McMullen walked into an AmeriServ bank Friday in Northern Cambria and handed notes to tellers demanding a dollar. The complaint was reported by The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown. The complaint says tellers thought it was a joke. He then spoke with a new accounts employee and repeated he was robbing the bank for a buck. Police say McMullen apparently wanted to be prosecuted federall... more »

California squirrel tests positive for plague exposure

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(CNN) -- Authorities in Riverside County, California, said Tuesday that a ground squirrel has tested positive for exposure to fleas infected with the bacteria that can cause plague.* It's the country's first positive test in more than a decade, according to Dottie Merki, environmental health program chief at the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health. "It's not something that people should panic about, but we do want them to be educated so they can protect their families and their pets," she said. The squirrel was picked up in early September at a campground north of ... more »

First drone strike in Pakistan since protest march kills 5, officials say

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A suspected U.S. drone attack killed five people early Wednesday in Pakistan's tribal region that borders Afghanistan, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.* It was the first drone strike since demonstrators marched to the border of Pakistan's tribal region over the weekend to protest the attacks. Activists from the United States and Britain participated in the march, which was led by the cricket star turned politician Imran Khan. Four missiles were fired Wednesday at a suspected militant hideout in the area of Mir Ali of North Waziristan, one of ... more »

US meningitis outbreak death toll rises to 12

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*WASHINGTON (AFP) - The death toll from an American meningitis outbreak linked to tainted medication has reached 12, according to US officials, who have documented more than 120 infections in 10 states.* Officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said as many as 13,000 people might have received doses of the contaminated steroid injection that has caused an outbreak of the rare fungal infection. Among the hardest hit states are Tennessee with 39 cases, Michigan with 25, and Virginia with 24. Florida, Maryland and Minnesota, New Jersey, Indiana, North Carolina an... more »

Suspicious package at CDC not dangerous

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*ATLANTA -- Authorities have determined that a suspicious package at one of the buildings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was not dangerous.* The CDC said in a statement shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday that CDC and DeKalb County authorities had secured the package and determined it was not a public health threat. The CDC says standard emergency preparedness procedures were followed. The agency had said in a statement about two hours earlier that offices within the immediate area had been evacuated. Source


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*NEW YORK - U.S. deaths surpassed 2.5 million for the first time last year, reflecting the nation's growing and aging population.* The increase of about 45,000 more deaths than in 2010 was not surprising. The annual number of deaths has been generally rising for decades as the population has swelled. Before last year, the largest number of deaths was 2.47 million in 2008. The number of deaths can rise or fall from year to year, depending on whether there was a bad flu season or other factors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the rate of deaths per 100,000 ... more »

Blasts may have struck prison of torture in Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(CNN) -- Although the bombs went off miles from her house, the young woman in Damascus still felt them in her gut. Boom! Her windows rattled as she ran to her computer.* "What happened?!?!?!?" she typed furiously into Skype, sending the message to her friends. What Alexia Jade heard was the thunderous clap of two car bombs exploding outside a Syrian air force intelligence compound outside Damascus Monday night. The web of tweeters, Facebookers and Skypers that have helped keep younger Syrians informed about the war that's been raging in their country the past year and a half answ... more »

North Korea missile remarks: Trash or real threat?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*North Korea claims that it has ballistic missiles that can reach the mainland of the United States. If it does, the isolated Asian nation certainly hasn't offered any proof in spite of several attempts.* Even back in 2003, CIA Director George Tenet testified to Congress that the Taepodong-2 missile could hit the U.S. West Coast. But the potential has not translated into technical success. Three times in the past six years, North Korea has launched long-range missiles that experts said had the potential of coming close to the U.S. mainland, an approximately 5,300-mile flight to the... more »

Pol. Ideology 36: On Capitalism, Akbayan, Drugs Legalization and Toqueville

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
Facebook proves to be a good venue for exchanging ideas with friends. Below are exchanges on various topics on various dates this month. *A. October 03, 2012* My friend Floro posted this in his wall, our discussions after *I believe the bright minds of the free world unlike the Capitalists and profiteers and the grafters in government who are acting as police for the filthy rich will find easier and better ways to get around with this concern, so much so that governments will run out of resources running after proponents of free access, free information and free exchange of ideas. ... more »

Afghans to U.S.: Ignore us at your peril

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(CNN) -- "Can I have a Blackhawk magazine vest?" the young man, in his mid twenties sporting a scruffy beard and cargo pants, asked. "With four magazine pouches, or six?" the shopkeeper responded.* A six-pouch vest was sold for $27. In this market in the center of Kabul with over 50 shops, you can find anything from used U.S. army fatigues to Campbell's New England clam chowder and Uncle Ben's classic cornbread stuffing mix. Some of it is gear thrown away from the largest U.S. military base in Bagram, just a 45-minute drive north of Kabul, and some of it is stolen goods from the m... more »

China's top banker snubs IMF meeting

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(CNN) -- China's top banker has pulled out of the International Monetary Fund meetings in Tokyo Wednesday in a move widely seen as a protest for the ongoing dispute between Japan and China over islands in the East China Sea.* Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of the People's Bank of China, was scheduled to give the Per Jacobsson lecture at the IMF-World Bank annual meetings being held this year through Sunday in Tokyo. A spokesperson for the IMF said they were told two days ago that Zhou's schedule might require him to cancel his lecture in Tokyo. "His deputy Yi Gang will represent him... more »

U.S. officials say frantic search failed to find envoy in Benghazi

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - U.S. State Department officials on Tuesday offered their most detailed description yet of the dramatic events in Benghazi that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador, but they backed away from earlier assertions that the events were triggered by protests against an anti-Islam video.* The officials were briefing reporters on the eve of a congressional hearing into on the attack last month, which is expected to focus on security missteps by the department. They described frantic and prolonged efforts to rescue Ambassador Christopher Stevens from a smoke-filled "safe haven... more »

Italy PM Monti announces surprise income tax cut...Their Reward for voting the right way?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Italy's government unexpectedly cut income tax rates for the country's lowest earners while promising to stick to the budget goals it has agreed with the European Union. * After an eight-hour cabinet meeting that ended early on Wednesday, the government said it would also halve a planned increase in sales tax rates to a single percentage point. Italy holds parliamentary elections in about six months. "Today we can see that budget discipline pays and makes sense" because "we can allow ourselves some moderate relief," Prime Minister Mario Monti told reporters after the m... more »

Turkey to respond with "greater force" if further Syria shelling

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Turkey's military will respond with greater force if shelling from Syria continues to spill over the border, its chief of general staff said on Wednesday.* "We responded but if it continues we will respond with greater force," state television TRT quoted General Necdet Ozel as saying. Turkey's armed forces have been responding in kind in the past week to gunfire and shelling across the border from Syria. Source

Arms And Bomb-Making Material Found In Paris

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Bomb-making material and arms have been found by police in Paris as part of a suspected "dangerous" Islamist network.* French state prosecutor Francois Molins said the discovery had been made in a parking lot in a suburb east of Paris. He linked it to the arrest of a dozen terror suspects last weekend for firebombing a kosher grocery store north of Paris in September. Mr Molins said the detention of the 12 suspects will be extended for 24 hours. More follows...

Are the Israelis that incompetent?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Many anti-Israel protesters make the claim that Israel is 'trying to empty the land of Palestinians'. Are they? The Palestinian population in the West Bank has increased from 462,000 in 1948 to 2.38 million in 2005. The Palestinian population in Gaza has increased from 82,000 in 1948 to 1.37 in 2005. The Muslim population of Jerusalem has increased roughly 5 fold from 1967 (when Israel re-unified the city) to 2009, from 58,000 to over 278,000. The Jewish population of Jerusalem increased only by a factor of only 2.8, from 196,000 to 480,000 over the same period. Either the claim... more »

The Economy: “How the Feds Produced a Zombie in Every Family”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“How the Feds Produced a Zombie in Every Family”* By Bill Bonner “We have met the zombies... and they are us! Calm action on Wall Street. After hitting a new nominal high, the Dow backed off a bit. Gold, on its way to $1,800, also dropped back for a rest. But that's just noise. The real story is that the major governments of the world are running huge deficits... and the world's major central banks are printing money. Where does that take us? That's the real question. Printed money is not the same as real money. It is cheating. Counterfeiting. Putting out something that pretend... more »

Toyota Recalls 7.4 Million Cars due to Fire Risk

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*A problem with the electric windows in some Toyota models has led the company to recall 7.4 million vehicles across the world.* A total of 138,000 vehicles have been recalled in the UK - where Toyota's Yaris, RAV4, Auris and Corolla models are affected. In total, the Japanese car maker will call back 1.39 million cars in Europe, 1.4 million in China and 2.47 million in the US and the remainder globally, including in Japan, Canada, Australia and the Middle East. This makes it the single largest recall since Ford called back 7.9 million vehicles in 1996. Toyota said uneven applicat... more » 

"Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To 30,000 Drones Over America For 'Public Safety'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"Uncle Sam Prepares To Unleash Up To* * 30,000 Drones Over America For 'Public Safety'"* by Tyler Durden "The Federal Aviation Administration is working towards putting the finishing touches on rules and regulations for widespread domestic drone use, and the agency expects as many as 30,000 UAVs will be in America’s airspace by the decade’s end. As Russia Today notes, given that the department has already addressed the issue of acquiring drones to give the DHS a better eye of domestic doings, though, those law enforcement operations in question could very well transcend away f... more »

Jake Evans Calmly explains how he killed mum, sister

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*In a chilling phone call to emergency services, a teenage boy not only admitted shooting his mother and sister, but he also went into grisly details about their deaths. * "I just killed my mum and my sister. I shot them with a .22 revolver," Texas 17-year-old Jake Evans was recorded telling the 9-11 dispatcher last Thursday, about 12.30am. Jake said he wanted to kill his 48-year-old mother, Jami, and sister Mallory, 15, without causing them pain. "I just thought it would be quick, you know," the teen told the dispatcher. "I didn't want them to feel any pain. That's why I used a gu... more »

Fat-Free Econ 26: US Public Debt and the November Elections

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 12 hours ago
* This is my article today in TV5's news portal, http://www.interaksyon.com/business/45173/fat-free-economics-us-public-debt-and-the-november-elections ----------- Whoever wins in the US Presidential elections next month will govern the biggest economy in the world, which also has the largest public debt worldwide. In fact, the US public debt is larger than its gross domestic product. At the start of the current fiscal year, October 01, 2012, the US public debt stood at $16.159 trillion, composed of (a) debt held by the public at $11.311 trillion, and (b) intra-governmental holding... more »

Liquid Air Industrial Energy Storage

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
This is actually a sound engineering proposition. Simply using surplus energy to produce liquid air is an excellent first step and can done generally at night when the cryogenic cycle can be operated most efficiently. Even better, the product of liquid air is easily stored for later use and easily transported. As also noted here the product is a natural add on to every heat engine simply because it can scavenge the waste heat and convert it all directly into brake horsepower through expanders with a huge temperature shift and resultant pressure. We are looking at a 40... more »

Spanish Bronze Age Fortress By Cartagena

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
This is close by Cartagena and thus likely linked in the time and place. However what is here described is contemporaneous to the Minoans and the Egyptians. Since we have built a powerful case for a Minoan Atlantean sea empire, this complex fits rather nicely. Any land based princely holding would feature a port city and an inland city that was able to act as a keep in the face of losing a battle. This pattern is repeated often. Ports can be surprised and suddenly captured in a coup de main from the sea itself. A wise commander would want to fall back onto an impregnabl... more »

Survival Lessons Learned

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
The most important lesson is of course to actually listen. Otherwise, we discover something called appetite fatigue and how to circumvent it. I know in my own experience that you soon grow tired of an oft repeated food. This can obviously become life threatening as is demonstrated by POW stories. What I have been teaching is that this type of intensive agriculture can be modernized and made once again part of the human life way. It also needs to happen. The lesson hard learned here is that industrial agriculture reduces the farmer to a machine operator much too often an... more »

Ice Age Transits with Bigfoot and Sirius

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 12 hours ago
Some core information here in this recent post put together by Dale Drinnon. First we get an excellent map of Beringia. As noted, the migration of Gigantpithecus and other prospective primate species had to be along this corridor, while that same corridor held of humanity until technology allowed passage. Secondly we have an excellent chart of Ice Age highs and lows over one million years. This allows for a couple of important conjectures. The easy one is that the lowering of the seal level opened up passage for migration over the Alaskan archipelago itself through... more »

Another site that will try to hold the BBC to account

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
I spotted on Twitter this morning that the excellent Guardian Comment Is Free monitor has now been joined by a sister service - BBCWatch. BBCWatch's first post runs thus: 'Welcome to BBC Watch BBC Watch is a sister project of CiF Watch (founded in 2009 to monitor the Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ website) with the independent support of CAMERA(the Committee for Accurate Middle East Reporting in America). Its aim is to monitor BBC output on the subject of Israel with the object of ensuring adherence to the BBC’s own editorial guidelines and its legal obligation to provide accurate an... more »

GMO: A Ticking Time Bomb - A Mini- Documentary by Gary Null

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago
October 4, 2012 The first in an upcoming series of mini-documentary videos about GMOs, this Gary Null production delves into the reality of GMO health risks. Gary Null calls it a "GMO ticking time bomb." This video reveals some of the health problems caused by GMOs, including infertility, accelerated aging, organ damage, immune malfunction and more. Part 2 of this video can be viewed below if you wish to continue: Youtube link: * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx4Dud0othY&feature=youtu.be* http://garynull.tv/

Purely local issues: Fear and loathing on St. Albert’s dog runs

david at Alberta Diary - 13 hours ago
Lots of St. Albertans love their dogs and want to see them run. St. Albert dog owners, of course, may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Councillor Malcolm Parker striking out with his leash law idea. ST. ALBERT, Alberta If you don’t think much about municipal politics, you may not realize that among the biggest ... more »

Study suggests: HRT reduces danger of heart attack

Megaan at Current news updates, World current news - 13 hours ago
*According to a study **women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may cut their risk of heart problems.* But experts are still careful about long-term safety risks. The division of Health advises women to just use it on a short-term basis. The study also found HRT is not linked with an increased risk of cancer but past studies have shown a relation. Safety concerns regarding the lasting use of the treatment have been debated by academics over the past decade. HRT had appreciably reduced risk of death, heart failure, or heart attack, without any obvious increase of cancer,... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 14 hours ago
------------------------------ Important tip: After you click the start arrow in the center of the screen, use your mouse to drag the little circle that appears at the lower left along the slider towards the right until you hit *41 minutes into the show*, where the interview actually begins. Enjoy! Video streaming by Ustream Cherchez la Verite

South Korea Would Consider Pre-emptive Strike Against North Korea

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Jung Seung Jo, the chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff agreed yesterday that the South is willing to consider a preemptive strike in the unlikely event that there are signs North Korea is planning to use its nuclear capabilities. “If signs that North Korea is going to use its nuclear weapons during wartime were to be picked up, then we would consider a preemptive strike,” Jung acknowledged. He was speaking during regular meetings during which the National Assembly conducts oversight of the executive branch. Jung also added that he is very pleased that South Korea rec... more »

North Korea: Battle Lines Drawn over Soldier Defections

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Recent weeks have seen a series of defections across the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) by North Korean soldiers. Aside from the 17-year old who famously shot his platoon leader and company commander before crossing the MDL last Saturday, on August 17th a soldier holding a white flag crossed the MDL, and on the 2nd of this month another was found on closed circuit video footage having already arrived on South Korean soil. The important point to note is what the events say about North Korean military discipline. If these incidents are the result of accumulated discontent, it is a g... more »

Turkey sends 25 F-16 fighter jets close to the Syrian border

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
As Syria and Turkey exchange fire for the seventh straight day, Ankara has announced up to 25 F-16 fighter jets were moved closer to the border, at Diyarbakir airbase. The aircraft represent the manned component of the reinforced Turkish air defense system in the region that includes both Hawk and Stinger anti-aircraft units that have already been put on heightened alert status for months. The multi-role planes, that can be used to both launch air strikes and intercept any Syrian aircraft getting a bit too close to the border, have joined two local-based squadrons of F-16C/D Block... more »

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake ST. LAWRENCE VALLEY REG., QUEBEC, CANADA - 10th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 3.9 earthquake has struck ST. LAWRENCE VALLEY REG., QUEBEC, CANADA at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 04:19:28 UTC Wednesday 10th October 2012 The epicenter was 11 km (6.8 miles) Northeast from Sainte-Julie, Québec, Canada No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

'Cigarette' sparks blast a quarter of the size of Hiroshima at Russian military testing site...This is their Explanation and they are sticking to it

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*These extraordinary pictures show how a series of blasts from exploding shells rocked a Russian military test site today and released giant clouds of smoke over a city*. The explosions broke windows and released smoke over Orenburg near the Kazakhstan border, with one military officer taken to hospital - but no other injuries reported. The enormous blasts were set off by a fire that may have been caused by someone smoking at the Donguz test site, military prosecutor Yevgeny Ivanov told state television. The shells were being unloaded from a supply train in crates in preparation ... more »

Cabinet demands last-ditch talks on BAE deal as France and Germany refuse to back down over their stake

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*Britain's biggest defence deal was in deep trouble last night as France and Germany continued to block British demands surrounding the merger of BAE Systems and European aviation giant EADS. * Both the French and German governments are refusing to back down over the size of their stake in the company formed after any merger. The Daily Mail also understands that senior ministers are demanding a full Cabinet discussion of the deal amid concerns that France and Germany will gain control of the UK defence industry. In an echo of the Westland affair that divided Margaret Thatcher’s gov... more »

Libya Claims Right to Try Qaddafi’s Son and In-Law

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*The International Criminal Court in The Hague held its first public hearing on Tuesday in the dispute on where to try two of the most important confidants of the former Libyan leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi: his son Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi and his brother-in-law Abdullah Senussi.* Libya has asked the court to abandon its claim against the two men, who are accused of crimes against humanity, insisting that Libya can give them fair trials in Tripoli. The court can try only suspects from nations unable or unwilling to carry out their own trials. Lawyers for Libya said the country w... more » 

Iran warns Israel to lose 10000 troops if it attacks Iran

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
* TEHRAN, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian official said that Israel would lose at least 10,000 troops in the event of a military strike on the Islamic republic, Press TV reported on Sunday.* "If the Israelis attack, Iran's deterrent power would deal a mortal blow to them and the Israeli death toll would not be less than 10,000. Therefore, they would be stopped soon," Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, was quoted as saying. "We don't want war, but are fully prepared to defend our country against any strike. Of course the Zionists don't dare to invade Iran and... more »

Al Qaeda-Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Syrian Blasts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
* BEIRUT, Lebanon — A jihadist insurgent group that Western intelligence officials have linked to Al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a multiple bombing by suicide attackers who struck an intelligence compound on the outskirts of Damascus overnight. It was the second major assault that the group has claimed to have carried out against a government facility in a Syrian urban center in about a week.* The group, Al Nusra Front for the People of the Levant, posted a statement on the Internet with details of what it called a three-stage attack on a compound run by a branch of... more »

Malala Yousafzai: Taliban Gun Down Girl Who Spoke Up for Rights

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*KARACHI, Pakistan — At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai took on the Taliban by giving voice to her dreams. As turbaned fighters swept through her town in northwestern Pakistan in 2009, the tiny schoolgirl spoke out about her passion for education — she wanted to become a doctor, she said — and became a symbol of defiance against Taliban subjugation.* On Tuesday, masked Taliban gunmen answered Ms. Yousafzai’s courage with bullets, singling out the 14-year-old on a bus filled with terrified schoolchildren, then shooting her in the head and neck. Two other girls were also wounded in t... more »

Journalists arrested at Texas Tarsands Blockade

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Tar Sands Blockade http://www.tarsandsblockade.org BREAKING: Two freelance journalist were just arrested after bringing you live stream coverage of the blockade. A week ago, Elizabeth and Lorenzo climbed up the timber scaffolding into the tree blockade to use their cameras to bring this important story to the world. Shortly after they got up into the blockade TransCanada and a swarm of police laid siege the perimeter and have made it virtually impossible for anyone, including journalists to leave without getting arrested. Click LIKE and SHARE if you support Elizabeth and Lorenzo... more »

GOP Education Policy: No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teachers' Dirty Looks

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Monday's Paul Ryan education round table must have been really brutal. After a quick photo opportunity, all journalists were escorted out of the room. Do you wonder what he was hiding? Obviously he and Romney are not looking to debate further defunding public education to accomplish two major Republican Party goals-- privatizing education, so that the well-off get it and poor kids don't and, of course, Romney's and Ryan's favorite, lowering tax rates on the very wealthy. And Ryan and Romney are hardly alone in their crusade against education. Almost every Republican running for Co... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 15 hours ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful: - The #CTWW Gang - The Honor Society - My Final Thoughts on Our Last Challenge - This Week's Challenge We've done challenges on meatless meals before but last week took it to new heights ... we not only challenge... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 15 hours ago
Monday, October 8, 2012 MAKE THIS VIRAL! DAY OF DECISION 10-21-2012 It is time to take action! It is time to take the destiny of our world in our own hands! Therefore we will meet in groups large and small, as individuals and couples, on the Day of Decision at the beginning of the second Window of Opportunity: Masses will gather and make a decision for the liberation of our planet from the tyranny of all dark forces so that for the first time in our history we will have the chance to create our own destiny as free citizens of the Earth. Our mass effort on this day will be ... more »

Global financial confidence "very fragile", euro crisis key threat: IMF

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
*(Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund urged European policymakers to deepen the financial and fiscal ties within the euro area with some urgency to restore sagging confidence in the global financial system.* In its semi-annual check on the world's financial health, the Fund said the euro area's debt crisis was the main threat and the risks to global financial stability had risen in the last six months, leaving confidence "very fragile". The euro area's plodding progress means European banks are likely to offload $2.8 trillion in assets over two years to cut their risk exposu... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 10th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN at a depth of 90.4 km (56.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:37:10 UTC Wednesday 10th October 2012 The epicenter was 73 km (45 miles) WNW from Chitral, Pakistan No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 9th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 99.1 km (61.6 miles), the quake hit at 22:14:22 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012 The epicenter was 88 km (55 miles) South from Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Sheldan Nidle: These still-covert developments are expected to create what can be called an early 'Halloween' for the dark cabal.

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 16 hours ago
October 9, 2012 *Sheldan Nidle’s Update for the Galactic Federation of Light and Spiritual Hierarchy* * * *These still-covert developments are expected to create what can be called an early 'Halloween' for the dark cabal.* 6 Manik, 15 Tzotz, 9 Eb Dratzo! We return! Many events are preparing to happen quite shortly. Your world is at a point where the collapse of its economy is imminent. The status of your global economy is dependent on an illegal flow of cash from accounts that were plundered by the Federal Reserve over the past year. These accounts were illegally seized as pa... more »

International Monetary Fund says Europe's political leaders are running out of time to resolve economic problems

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
European banks are in the midst of an emergency fire sale of assets worth more than £8,000 for every single household in the continent, it has emerged. The warning from the International Monetary Fund came 24 hours after it slashed its growth forecast for Britain's economy by more than any other major developed country. It said political leaders - especially those in the eurozone - are running out of time to put right the economic problems weighing them down. In its Global Financial Stability Report, the IMF predicted Europe's biggest banks will need to sell off $2.8 trillion (£1.... more »

Two Terrorism Arrests At Heathrow Airport

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*Two people have been arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of committing terrorism offences.* A man and a woman were held at 8.30pm on Tuesday after arriving on a flight into the airport. The pair, both aged 26, were arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. They were taken to a central London police station where they remain in custody. Read More

Body Bags And Gas Mask Found In Man's Luggage at LAX Airport

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
* A man wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-retardant trousers landed at Los Angeles Airport with suspicious items, police say.* A man dressed in a bulletproof vest and flame-retardant trousers has been arrested at a US airport after a smoke grenade, gas mask and body bags were discovered in his luggage. Boston-bound Yongda Huang Harris, 28, was arrested at Los Angeles Airport on suspicion of transporting hazardous materials on a flight from Japan. Harris, a US citizen who works in the Far East, was held on Friday. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted. He drew suspici... more »

CBS4 Investigates: Does Your Vote Count? Palm Beach County's 2012 Election Embarrassment

Intercept at The Intercept - 16 hours ago
CBS Miami CBS4 Investigates "Does Your Vote Count?" Twelve years ago, Palm Beach County was at the epicenter of the 2000 Presidential election meltdown over hanging and pregnant chads. Now as CBS4 Chief Investigator Michele Gillen tells us, Palm Beach County was again at the center of another election embarrassment in March. Help Us Transmit This Story Add to Your Blogger Account Put it On Facebook Tweet this post Print it from your printer Email and a collection of other outlets Try even more services

Ron Jacobs : Turkey Plays Chicken for NATO

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 16 hours ago
Turkish soldiers stand guard in Akcakale by the Turkish-Syria border. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP. A page from Washington's book: Turkey plays chicken for NATO They manipulated an incident into an act of war much like the U.S. used questionable incidents to attack Northern Korea in 1950 and Northern Vietnam in 1964. By Ron Jacobs / The Rag Blog / October 9, 2012 Turkey took a page from

Cameron In Economy Warning

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*David Cameron will end the Tory conference with a blunt warning about tough times ahead. * On the day after the International Monetary Fund downgraded its forecast on UK economic growth, the Prime Minister will issue a sombre analysis of the state of the economy. He will also attempt to convey a serious message to his party and the country, in stark contrast with the knockabout style of London Mayor Boris Johnson in his two speeches in Birmingham this week. Attempting to dispel the image his critics paint of him as a privileged toff, Mr Cameron will talk emotionally about his fath... more »

LA TIMES: Man in bulletproof vest, with body bags in luggage, arrested at LAX

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 16 hours ago
*This sounds like a scene out of the Matrix movie! -AK* http://goo.gl/HSABA *Man in bulletproof vest, with body bags in luggage, arrested at LAX* October 9, 2012 | 2:50 pm A man who arrived in Los Angeles on a flight from Japan wearing a bulletproof vest and flame retardant pants underneath his trench coat has been charged with transporting dangerous materials, federal authorities said Tuesday. As if the gear allegedly worn by Yongda Huang Harris wasn't alarming enough, authorities say he was also transporting assorted weapons, biohazard suits and body bags in his carry-on lug... more »


In a major foreign policy outline speech delivered at the Virginia Military Institute yesterday, Mitt Romney demonstrated the extent of his delusions of American grandeur. If anyone ever wondered what it was that ‘they’ hated about ‘us’ then this speech provided the answer – the utter arrogance and hypocrisy of the American extreme right. It’s all in Romney’s choice of words. How’s this for arrogance; he wants “to use America’s great power to shape history”. Or this; “So many people across the world still look to America as the best hope of humankind.” And this; “The 21st century ca... more »

Harry Targ : From the Bay of Pigs to the Missile Crisis / 2

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 17 hours ago
John F. Kennedy and Rómulo Betancourt at Alliance for Progress meeting in La Morita, Venezuela, Dec. 16, 1961. Image from Wikimedia Commons. The Cuba story, Part 2: The Bay of Pigs to the missile crisis The Castros of this world, the Kennedy Administration believed (as has every administration since), had to be crushed at all costs. By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / October 9, 2012 "I have 
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