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Thursday, October 11, 2012

11 October - Blogs I'm Following II

US Drone Strike Kills 18 in Pakistan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 minutes ago
An American drone fired missiles into a compound in the Orakzai tribal region on Thursday, killing 18 Afghans and wounding 4, a senior local official in the area said. Drone strikes are rare in Orakzai, which lies to the west of the regional capital, Peshawar. Most strikes in the C.I.A.-directed drone campaign occur along the border with Afghanistan, concentrated in North and South Waziristan. Source

Egypt's Chief Prosecutor Resists President's Effort to Oust Him

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 minutes ago
* CAIRO — President Mohamed Morsi and Egypt’s chief prosecutor clashed Thursday as the prosecutor refused the president’s attempt to remove him.* It was one of the first skirmishes in a long-awaited battle pitting the Islamists who have risen to power since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak against the secular-minded legal establishment left over from the Mubarak era. Mr. Morsi sought to name the prosecutor, Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, ambassador to the Vatican. But by the end of the day, state news media had reported that Mr. Mahmoud had publicly refused to leave his job, citing a law barring ... more »

Europe uneasy in IMF spotlight as Tokyo meetings start

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 minutes ago
*(Reuters) - Greece, Spain and the euro zone's slow progress toward debt reform took center stage at IMF meetings on Friday despite Europe's best effort to remove itself from the spotlight. * The International Monetary Fund recommended that some of Europe's debt-burdened countries take a bit more time to reduce budget deficits, arguing that moving too fast is counter-productive because it hurts the economy. The shift was welcomed by some emerging market countries as well as long-time critics who say that the tough conditions attached to IMF loans inflict undue economic pain and mak... more »

Gil Collar did nothing to justify the killing Says Lawyer

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 minutes ago
*An Alabama university student who was shot dead by police while unarmed and naked did nothing to justify the killing, a lawyer for his family has said. * Attorney Jere Beasley was speaking after viewing surveillance footage of the moments leading up to 18-year-old Gil Collar's death. He was killed in the early hours of Saturday after reportedly taking LSD at a music festival and threatening an officer at a campus police station. Police had earlier said the surveillance footage would make clear why Mr Collar was shot. But Mr Beasley said the first-year student never came closer tha... more »

Deadly US Meningitis Outbreak: 14,000 At Risk

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 minutes ago
*American health officials say 14,000 people have been exposed to contaminated drugs linked to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.* Fourteen people are dead and at least 170 infected across eleven states after being treated for back pain with tainted steroid injections. The US Centre for Disease Control released the new information as the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 50 vials of the medicine had tested positive for the fungus so far. Doctors are rushing to warn people who might have been exposed, many of whom might not experience symptoms for around 30 days afte... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 12th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the BONIN ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION at a depth of 500.9 km (311.3 miles), the quake hit at 03:18:49 UTC Friday 12th October 2012 The epicenter was 372 km (231 miles) WNW of Chichi-shima, Japan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Satire: "Poll: By Wide Margin, Democrats Want Biden in All Remaining Debates"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 30 minutes ago
* "Poll: By Wide Margin, Democrats Want Biden in All Remaining Debates"* by Andy Borowitz DANVILLE, KY (The Borowitz Report)—In a poll of Democratic voters taken immediately following Thursday night’s Vice-Presidential debate, a wide majority said they wanted Vice-President Joe Biden to appear in all remaining 2012 debates. According to the constitutional scholar Davis Logsdon, of the University of Minnesota, the scenario of Mr. Biden appearing in all the remaining debates, while surely unorthodox, is within the realm of possibility: “According to the Constitution, the Vice-Pre... more »

Wait... Santorum Didn't Eat Big Bird Yet?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 30 minutes ago
Republicans might not want you to think about Big Bird-- they don't-- but they'd rather you think about that than about systematic and strenuous Republican Party efforts-- always at taxpayer expense-- to limit the franchise and keep as many people from voting as possible. Ohio's soulless Ken-doll Secretary of State, Jon Husted, was at it again-- appealing a Federal Court decision that ordered him to restore early voting. Husted is taking it to the anti-democracy Supreme Court for a decision. OK, back to Big Bird. *Sesame Street* teaches integrity, sharing, honesty... and arithmeti... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 12th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 20.7 km (12.9 miles), the quake hit at 01:34:51 UTC Friday 12th October 2012 The epicenter was 114 km (70 miles) NNW of Dobo, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 12th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 10.4 km (6.5 miles), the quake hit at 01:29:15 UTC Friday 12th October 2012 The epicenter was 95 km (59 miles) NNW of Dobo, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 12th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
A magnitude 6.7 earthquake has struck NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 24.7 km (15.3 miles), the quake hit at 00:31:30 UTC Friday 12th October 2012 The epicenter was 103 km (64 miles) North of Dobo, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time *JAKARTA (Oct 12, 2012): A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with reports of minor damage to some houses on remote islands but no tsunami warning issued.* The epicentre of the quake, which struck a... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake PAKISTAN - 11th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck PAKISTAN at a depth of 24.3 km (15.1 miles), the quake hit at 23:54:30 UTC Thursday 11th October 2012 The epicenter was 18 km (11 miles) North of Bagh, Pakistan No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake CHUQUISACA, BOLIVIA - 11th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 31 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck CHUQUISACA, BOLIVIA at a depth of 596 km (370.4 miles), the quake hit at 22:58:57 UTC Thursday 11th October 2012 The epicenter was 29 km (18 miles) North of Monteagudo, Bolivia No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

HuffPo’s 11 Myths About the Fed, Refuted

Intercept at The Intercept - 41 minutes ago
Liberty Classroom by Tom Woods on October 9, 2012 *• *43 Comments (by Tom Woods and Bob Murphy) The other day the Huffington Post ran an article by a Bonnie Kavoussi called “11 Lies About the Federal Reserve.” And you’ll never guess: these aren’t lies or myths spread in the financial press by Fed apologists. These are “lies” being told by you and me, opponents of the Fed. Bonnie Kavoussi calls us “Fed-haters.” So she, a Fed-lover, is at pains to correct these alleged misconceptions. She must stop us stupid ingrates from poisoning our countrymen’s minds against this benevolent array o... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 11th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 50 minutes ago
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck the SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 34.9 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 22:03:45 UTC Thursday 11th October 2012 The epicenter was 100 km (62 miles) ENE of Visokoi Island No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Beauty Treatment Kills One and Hospitalizes Three

Pippa at Pippa's Place - Environmentally Speaking - 1 hour ago
Women are dying to look more beautiful and more youthful - literally. Photo courtesy: yahoo!news.com My personal prayers are with these women. Going to a beauty parlour should not be a life-threatening adventure. May the remaining three recover. A 46-year-old woman has died in Hong Kong and three others are fighting for their lives following a beauty parlor treatment that involves blood transfusions further highlighting a lack of regulation in the city's cosmetic industry. The cases have prompted an investigation by police and medical authorities, and renewed calls by health exper... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Seen as a seagull and a duck, these nebulae are not the only cosmic clouds to evoke images of flight. But both are winging their way across this broad celestial landscape, spanning almost 7 degrees across planet Earth's night sky toward the constellation Canis Major. *Click image for larger size.* The expansive Seagull (upper left) is itself composed of two major cataloged emission nebulae. Brighter NGC 2327 forms the head with the more diffuse IC 2177 as the wings and body. Impressively, the Seagull's wingspan would correspond to about 250 light-years at an estimated distance ... more »

"Mad People..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can't help that," said the cat: "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad." "How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice. "You must be," said the cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here." - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Free Download: Andrew M. Lobaczewski, "Political Ponerology"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Political Ponerology:* *A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes"* by Andrew M. Lobaczewski "Imagine- if you can- not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken. And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept ... more »

Free Download: George Orwell, "1984"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"From the moment when the machine first made its appearance it was clear to all thinking people that the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared. If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy and disease could be eliminated within a few generations. But it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction - indeed, in some sense was the destruction - of a hierarchical society. The most obvious and perhaps the most important form of inequality would already ... more »


Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
Earthquake Details - This event has been reviewed by a seismologist. Magnitude*6.7*Date-Time - *Friday, October 12, 2012 at 00:31:30 UTC* - Friday, October 12, 2012 at 09:31:30 AM at epicenter - Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.842°S, 134.085°EDepth24.7 km (15.3 miles)RegionNEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIADistances103 km (64 miles) N of *Dobo, Indonesia* 173 km (107 miles) ENE of *Tual, Indonesia* 225 km (139 miles) SW of *Nabire, Indonesia* 439 km (272 miles) S of *Manokwari, Indonesia*Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 12.8 km (8.0 miles)... more »

Dr. Kevin Barrett, "Twilight of the Psychopaths"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Twilight of the Psychopaths" by Dr. Kevin Barrett "Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it." - John Lennon When Gandhi was asked his opinion of Western civilization he said it would be a good idea. But that oft-cited quote is misleading, assuming as it does that civilization is an unmitigated blessing. Civilized people, we are told, live peacefully and cooperatively with their fellows, sharing the necessary lab... more »

Ultimate Food Fight III (Schedule)

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 3 hours ago

"Things haven't really gone off the deep end for the Obama campaign. They've gone back to normal" (Gail Collins)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Here's the optimistic view of tonight's debate . . .* *"Things haven't really gone off the deep end for the Obama campaign. They've gone back to normal. You knew that the Obama-is-going-to-win-by-10-points euphoria wasn't going to last. . . . "You have to calm down, Democrats. Romney hasn't turned into some new supercandidate. You were just underestimating him during September. He's the same old Mitt."* *-- Gail Collins, in her NYT column today,* "Democrats at the Deep End" *by Ken* "It's a tough time to be a Democrat," says Gail, kicking off today's column. "When Democrats run ... more »

New Model Legislation Would be Great First Step Toward Subsidy Reform

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 3 hours ago
Yesterday, Good Jobs First released new model legislation to increase the transparency, accountability, and effectiveness of state and local subsidies, which I estimate to total $70 billion per year. If states were to adopt these laws, subsidy administration would improve dramatically, and if all states adopted them, it would put an end to job piracy as well. The model legislation revolves around four principles. First, company-specific, web-based reporting of subsidies received and compliance with job quality and other performance requirements. This would be supplemented by report... more »

Tom Hayden : Dark-Skinned Democracy Wins in Venezuela

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez celebrates with a crowd of supporters after winning reelection. Photo by Juan Barreto / Getty Images. Chavez' Bolivarian Revolution: Dark-skinned democracy wins in Venezuela Modern liberals see something ominous in the Chavez mandate. They frequently opine that the dark-skinned poor are an uneducated, worshipful, populist mass of people subject to the Leader

With 19 states deprived of exit polls, the blind are even blinder

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
Election Defense Alliance JONATHAN SIMON According to the "father of exit polling," the late Warren Mitofsky, exit polls are intended for academic analysis of voting patterns and opinions (e.g., what did 25 to 34 year-old white males regard as the most important issue?) and not as any sort of check on the validity of the votecounts. Unless, of course, you are anywhere else on Earth (other than America), where exit polls are routinely employed, often with the sanction of the government of the United States, as just such a check mechanism, and have frequently led to official calls fo... more »

Veep Time

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Dan Drezner: So, the veep debate won't matter all that, but the probability of gaffes are high. In other words, it is perfectly designed for Twitter. And that's where I'll be! Follow me...with any luck, Paul Ryan won't get to me as much as he did in his convention speech, although if he does praise Simpson-Bowles again and blame Barack Obama for sinking it, I can't promise I won't lose my temper. Mostly, right now, I feel that the ballgame in Cincinnati pretty much wiped out any emotions I might have, so I should be watching it more dispassionately than I otherwise might. On the oth... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Náfplio, Argolis, Greece. thanks for stopping by.

The Day of Decision - 10/21/2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
Portal 2012

Exemplary Cop

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 4 hours ago
The Montreal police force (SPVM), is known for its brutality and lack of accountability. In this Rabble News report from March 2012, Stefan Christoff provided an overview of decades of injustice served upon the Montreal population, particularly members of communities that are not protected by their connections to social status, money, organized crime or political power. Some highlights: *Now widely used by the Montreal police, flash bang grenades are made by Defense Technologies, a subsidiary of the world's second largest arms manufacturer, BAE Systems.Flash bangs are rubber-en... more »

Chet Raymo, “Embracing the Seventh Art”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Embracing the Seventh Art”* by Chet Raymo “The medieval university curriculum was divided into two parts- the trivium (grammar, rhetoric, and logic), and the quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy). One might argue, and many do, that these seven liberal arts might still constitute a satisfactory education. And certainly, what the medievals understood about grammar, rhetoric, logic, arithmetic, geometry and music has not substantially changed. Rhetoricians can still be inspired by Cicero. Einstein learned his geometry from Euclid. We listen to medieval music wit... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, “The Eskimos Have No Word for ‘War’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* “The Eskimos Have No Word for ‘War’”* “Trying to explain it to them Leaves one feeling ridiculous and obscene. Their houses, like white bowls, Sit on a prairie of ancient snowfalls Caught beyond thaw or the swift changes Of night and day. They listen politely, and stride away, With spears and sleds and barking dogs To hunt for food. The women wait, Chewing on skins or singing songs, Knowing that they have hours to spend, That the luck of the hunter is often late. Later, by fires and boiling bones In streaming kettles, they welcome me, Far kin, pale brother, To share what they have i... more »

Statement From A Resister - Leah-Lynn Plante

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
Statement From A Resister - Leah-Lynn Plante from Because We Must on Vimeo. Statement From A Resister - Leah-Lynn Plante from Because We Must on Vimeo. 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.

ATTENTION PREMIER BRAD WALL: Former Nortel exec warns against working with Huawei

leftdog at Buckdog - 5 hours ago
*"Canadian companies should not work with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, a former security adviser at Nortel warns.* *Brian Shields, who was the senior systems security adviser at failed Canadian telecommunications company Nortel, says working with Huawei is too big a risk. Shields alleges Huawei spent years hacking into Nortel's system and stealing information so it could compete with Nortel on world markets.* *"These kind of things are not done by just average hackers. I believe these are nation-state [kinds] of activity," he told the CBC's Greg Weston, blaming China f... more »

Libya Then And Now - Warfalla Man

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
Chaos and insecurity is what NATO wants in Libya, Syria, and across the Middle East and North Africa.

Free Download: Complete Works of William Shakespeare

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
* * *"The Undiscovered Country"* *“Hamlet:* To be, or not to be: that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them. To die; to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to. ’Tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish’d. To die; to sleep;— To sleep? Perchance to dream! Ay, there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffl’d off this mortal coil, Must give us pause... more »

"Human Nature: What Kind of Creature Are We?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Human Nature: What Kind of Creature Are We?" by John Robbins “The more one analyzes people, the more all reasons for analysis disappears. Sooner or later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature." - Oscar Wilde "These days, many of us tend to think that human nature is inherently competitive and destructive. We hear about “selfish genes,” as if our genetic makeup predetermines that we will be egotistic people and that we will fight with one another. We’re told that our species contains a built-in “killer instinct,” that we are descended from apes who... more »

Perverse incentives

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
Adding a bit to my previous post on polling, herein lies the problem. Josh Marshall of TPM: PollTracker Mobile just got its 40k download. 40k poll fanatics cant be wrong!! (or they totally can be, but in this case they're not) I would guess at least 20K of those subscribers also bitch regularly on the internets about how the horserace obsessed media doesn't cover the issues and never makes the connection. Deeper sigh... [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

California Prop 37 - The Right To Know What Is In Our Food

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

Friday Baseball Post (Thursday Edition)

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Amazing, amazing series: the Giants survive to reach the NLCS, but just barely. Truth is the Giants were lucky; the Reds got one out from their best pitcher instead of two starts, and Singles-Hitting Votto, while still a pretty terrific player, is nowhere near as scary as regular Votto. And, yeah, the Giants were outscored by several runs. Still, a win is a win, and this was a win. The weird thing is that the teams were oddly matched, since the Giants are actually the hitting-based team and the Reds are a pitching-based team, which goes against both the ballpark biases and the imag... more »

Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he got married?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 6 hours ago
A. Ruth-less. *Ok, so this requires knowledge of the Book of Ruth*

American Indian Movement Film Fest San Francisco Oct. 12, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
*American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco Friday, Oct. 12, 2012* *By Tony Gonzales* *AIM West* http://www.aimwest.info Posted at Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Thank you for your support. I wanted to mention to you and friends, with the gracious contribution from Ms. Penny Opal Plant and her partner Michael Horse, have kindly donated a beautiful blanket *toward the award of Life-Time Achievement, to be given to Mr. Fred Short, during the AIM international Film Festival at the BRAVA Theater Center, 2781 24th St. starting at 11:45 am! Mr. Bill Means, M.C. and Vi... more »

"Why the Obscenely Wealthy Whine When They Have It So Good"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
* "Why the Obscenely Wealthy Whine When They Have It So Good" * By Frank Joyce "So, Mitt Romney now tells Sean Hannity he was “completely wrong” about the 47%. On the surface that looks like a typical etch-a-sketch campaign pivot. But I think there is more to it than a little clean up in aisle three. My theory is that after careful research and analysis, the smartest guys at 1% World Headquarters reached a disturbing conclusion. They decided that the whole fiasco needs to be contained as much as possible because it has the potential for serious damage well beyond the November ... more »

Will the Opposition Stand Up for Canada?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
The NDP and the Libs should be storming the Bastille over Harper's Canada-China Trade Agreement and Harper's craven sell out of our country. *The Tyee's* Andrew Nikiforuk calls it "economic treason." The one politician we can rely on to sound the alarm, Elizabeth May, exposes the venal duplicity of Harper's backroom deal at the Green Party's web site. Whether you back the NDP or the Libs, if you care about Canada, read these commentaries and then raise hell with your party's leadership over this. We don't have much time. Harper is counting on that.

This is what trickle down really looks like

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Capitalism is frequently tarred as “trickle down” economics. Wrongly. Because if you really want to see trickle down in action, consider * government*. They take money from you, by force, and give it to … who? To people like the heads of government departments who, in the depths of recession while all around them are tightening their belts (not the least reason being to pay their frigging tax bills), have enjoyed *this*: - the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade John Allen was given a $40,000 pay rise despite drastic cutbacks at the Ministry, given $620-630... more »

New York Times handcuffed at Texas Tarsands Blockade by TransCanada security

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
*Police Paid by TransCanada Detain New York Times Journalists on Private Property * ** *By Tarsands Blockade* *http://www.tarsands.blockade.org* ** *WINNSBORO, TEXAS – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012 –* Two journalists working for the *New York Times* were handcuffed, detained and then turned away from private property by local law enforcement employed as private security guards for multinational pipeline corporation TransCanada. The journalists reporting on the first tree blockade in Texas history, now in its third week of sustained resistance to the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, were... more »

Honesty as fascism

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
Daniel Henninger at WSJ apparently suffering from some sort of dyslexia, needs some help in making his point. So let's edit his piece a bit for clarity. The Obama Romney's campaign’s resurrection of “liar” "lying" as a political tool is odious because it has such a repellent pedigree. It dates to the sleazy world of fascist and totalitarian propaganda in the 1930s. It was part of the milieu of stooges, show trials and dupes. These were people willing to say anything to defeat their opposition. Denouncing people as liars for spewing lies was at the center of it. The idea was never t... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 7 hours ago
*Where’s the outrage over the city’s lead-poisoning problem? ~Mark Moseley, The Lens*

Cycling is now drug free. It has always been drug free.

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
I heard this morning the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) saying that with the release of the investigation into Lance Armstrong’s drug use, that he was now confident the dark days of drugs in cycling are over. But I seem to recall similar comments over many years from other cycling authorities. It reminds me a little of the way Soviet leaders talked about their five-year plans, in a five-year cycle that looked like this: Year 1: The last five-year plan has been overturned as a complete failure foisted on the great Soviet people by a clique of reactionaries. We welcome ... more »

Mitt Romney Tries Voodoo Foreign Policy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
We've been trying to makes heads or tails out of Romney's incoherent foreign policy statements. He sounds absolutely clueless about one of the most important jobs a president has to do, which is worrying foreign leaders all over the world. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hit the nail on the head when she termed his speech the other day "full of platitude and free of substance." It's also worrying Republicans, including Republicans on Romney's own team. Our old friend, Russ Baker, covered that exceptionally well this week at WhoWhatWhy. He starts with a good laugh at t... more »

The antidote to Ann Coulter.

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 7 hours ago
How can anyone, even with semi-functional brain cells, not see this is delightful, absolutely wicked lampooning? Trisha Paytas is a multi-faceted performer who writes her own material. She clearly taps a different vein of diehard rightwing nutjob Republican zealotry that Stephen Colbert so joyfully exploits. Just as Tina Fey spoofed Sarah Palin, Paytas channels Tea Party Hatriot Victoria Jackson and adds her own mischievous vibe. If the organizers of this event wanted to boost their message and their sponsors' profiles, they would invite this young marketing genius to attend, ... more »

Introducing Dreamhopper

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago
Sophia's blog I’ve kept my online life separate from my family at their request. While honoring that, I’ve decided to share a few things now. The time is right; we are all hungry for information. “DreamHopper”, or DH as I’ll call him here, has been my partner for twenty years. He is a deep trance channel. He “Dream Hops”, which means he has vivid dreams and memories of vastly different worlds and beings. He channels a group of souls who agreed to help us wake up; including his and my greater self, and the “higher self” of anyone else who may be present. We’ve been called th... more »

Seven Royal Marines Held Over Afghan Murder

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Seven Royal Marines have been arrested on suspicion of murder over an incident in Afghanistan last year. * The arrests by the Royal Military Police relate to a killing which happened after "an engagement with an insurgent", the Ministry of Defence said. No civilians were involved. The Ministry of Defence said: "The investigation will now be taken forward and dealt with by the Service Justice system. "These arrests demonstrate the Department and the Armed Forces' determination to ensure UK personnel act in accordance with their Rules of Engagement and our standards. "It would be i... more »

Maison de Varre, by Pierre Chareau

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: image] French architect Pierre Chareau took few commissions, but those he did were all ground-breaking. He was the architect’s architect. [image: maison_de_verre][image: 800px-Maison_de_verre_Chareau] His most well-known project is this one—the 1928 Maison de Verre, for the Dalsace family, “inserted” within the courtyard of an existing building—from which every fashionable loft apartment ever since has been copied. Poorly. [image: verre-interior][image: eberle-grand-hall][image: 018b] Consisting of three floors, it was conceived as a total space, with a façade facing on... more »

Deep sigh

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 8 hours ago
Few see this as a problem. Josh Marshall on the twitter: Whole Lotta Polls: 113 polls entered into @PollTracker database before 1pm today. As the cool kids say these days, I just can't... VP debate day so there's little news and lots of speculating. No surprise that the only pre-debate prediction worth reading is Charlie Pierce. Not going to spoil it with any excerpts at all, but this is my favorite line in the post: Conservatism's mansion has many rooms, and almost all of them are padded. POTUS is out campaigning. This is media pick for quote of the day: Barack Obama on Romne... more »

RAG RADIO / Thorne Webb Dreyer : Tova Andrea Wang & Harvey Wasserman on Voter Suppression in America

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 8 hours ago
Author Tova Andrea Wang and journalist Harvey Wasserman were Thorne Dreyer's guests on Rag Radio, produced in the studios of KOOP-FM in Austin, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Rag Radio podcast: Tova Andrea Wang and Harvey Wasserman on voter suppression in America By Thorne Webb Dreyer / The Rag Blog / October 11, 2012 Author Tova Andrea Wang and journalist Harvey Wasserman discussed voter

Consolidated Status Update

Daniel Nexon at 8 hours ago
I’ve deleted the old status updates. Nothing has changed: we are still waiting for the Disqus staff to take action on our problem. The fact is that Laura’s done every kind of troubleshooting they recommend and yet the old comments … Continue reading →

Ashleigh Davis Sues Florida Police 'Who Beat Her'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
* A Florida woman is suing police who she claims knocked out her teeth and left her half-naked while she was being arrested.* Ashleigh Davis and a friend were detained on charges of being drunk and disorderly at Leesburg's BikeFest in April. Images taken from a police video appears to show her topless on the floor, with her legs and arms cuffed, and surrounded by male officers. "(They) handcuffed my hands to my feet and then took a tie and tied it around, then carried me like a suitcase and threw me on the back of a golf cart," Ms Davis told WFTV. The 32-year-old from Ocala said ... more »

Jack A. Smith : Obama and Romney Differ Little on Foreign Policy

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 8 hours ago
Obama and Romney: Birds of a feather? Caricature by DonkeyHotey. Birds of a feather? Obama and Romney have similar views on foreign policy The back and forth between the candidates on international issues is largely about appearance, not substance. By Jack A. Smith / The Rag Blog / October 11, 2012 Despite the sharp charges and counter-charges about foreign/military and national security

Too drunk to be found guilty

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago
Note he was convicted of assault -- it was only breaking in *with intent* that didn't result in conviction: Story A St. John’s man at the centre of a drunken Christmas time rampage discovered Wednesday it sometimes pays to be too intoxicated. A Newfoundland provincial court judge found Anthony Tilley not guilty of breaking into a home — next to his beleaguered former girlfriend’s place — with intent to assault the neighbour because he was too loaded to form the intent. “(He was) found not guilty because of intoxication,” Crown prosecutor Dana Sullivan told the Toronto Star. But... more »

Civil Liberties: "NDAA/FEMA 72-hour Notice"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"NDAA/FEMA 72-hour Notice"* By John Rolls "As soon as December 13, the President will sign NDAA Section 1031 into law, permitting citizen imprisonment without evidence or trial. The bill that passed Congress absolutely DOES NOT exempt citizens. The text of Section 1031 reads, “A covered person under this section” includes “any person who has committed a belligerent act”. We only have to be ACCUSED, because we don’t get a trial. Confusingly, Obama threatened a veto for 1032, but NOT 1031. 1032 is UNRELATED to imprisoning citizens without a trial. He has never suggested using... more »

Crown must disprove consent in a sexual assault

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago
*R. v. J.S.,* 2012 ONCA 684 contains a useful reminder, often forgotten, that the Crown must disprove consent in a sexual assault prosecution: [55] It is common ground that, in prosecutions for sexual assault, Crown counsel must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the complainant did not consent to the activity that is the subject matter of the charge. Further, where apprehended consent is in play, Crown counsel must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused did not honestly believe that the complainant was consenting to the relevant activity. * *

US Deploying Military Personnel to Syrian-Jordanian Border

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Land Destroyer Tony Catalucci *A long-planned attempt to spur defections, divide and destroy Syria, as articulated in Brookings Institution's "Assessing Options for Regime Change."* *Video: Geopolitical analyst and photojournalist Nile Bowie brings up long-documented plans by the West to carve out "buffer zones" within Syria to further project power against Damascus, betraying the narrative that recent escalations are spontaneous* .... While the idea of a buffer zone is meant to look like a knee-jerk reaction to recent escalations, in reality this has been planned since at le... more »

The New New (USA-Certified) Mitty: Well-Respected Liar & U.S. Sues Wells Fargo in Mortgage Fraud Case (Like Citi's, Etc.)

Charles Pierce never disappoints. And especially not today. The New New Romney Is a New Kind of Mendacious Liar By Charles Pierce, Esquire 10 October 12 eaving aside for the moment the audacity of Josh, we must leave it to the fanzine reporters from Tiger Beat on the Potomac to explain in-depth how the heroic intervention of the plucky Romney family forced the transition from the

"The Downside of Mathematics"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"The Downside of Mathematics"* by Bill Bonner "We also have a way to vastly increase US household income - the feds have only to spend more money! Just add zeros. How about that? The poor family has not a dime more in real, spendable income…but we’ve managed - by clever use of mathematics and economics - to double its income. But that illustrates the nature of modern economics. It is all numbers…and none of them mean anything. And none means less than the zero. I’ve always been especially suspicious of the zero. It is a number. But a number is ‘something.’ The zero, on the othe... more »

Supreme Court denies Chevron $19bn Ecuador appeal

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
*Thanks to 2012 Scenario for pointing this out... -AK* http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19892561 9 October 2012 *Supreme Court denies Chevron $19bn Ecuador appeal* The US Supreme Court has declined to block a judgement from an Ecuadorean court that a US oil firm pay billions in damages for pollution in the Amazon. Chevron was fighting a ruling that it must pay $18.2bn (£11.4bn) in damages, a sum increased to $19bn in July. It is the latest move in a decades-long legal wrangle between Texaco, bought by Chevron in 2001, and the people of the Lago Agrio region of Ec... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*One of the most famous female spies was Mariella Novotny, who was reportedly Jewish. (aangirfan: DOUBLE AGENTS) Novotny was involved with J F Kennedy. Novotny was reportedly supplied to Kennedy by Dr Stephen Ward.* In London, "when the Jewish gangsters the Kray twins took over Rachmans (slum property) empire it was claimed to be with Mossad approval." Profumo. Stephen Ward Did Not Commit Suicide. Polish Jew slum landlord Peter Rachman and his girlfriend Mandy Rice-Davies "were both Mossad informants." Mandy Rice-Davies worked for "the CIA spy, osteopath occultist and procurer of... more »

The Road to World War 3

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 9 hours ago
We are on a road that leads straight to World War 3, but in order to see that and to fully understand what is at stake you have to look at the big picture and connect the dots. This video examines the history of the dollar, its relation to oil, and the real motives behind the wars of the past two decades. 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.

Aspirin Dangers, and Natural, Evidence-Based Alternatives

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 9 hours ago
Sayer Ji, *Contributor* As far back as the 5th century BC the Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about the use of a bitter powder extracted from willow bark that reduced fevers and eased aches and pains. Native Americans also used an infusion of willow bark for similar purposes. What was this remarkable "healing" principle within the bark that relieved disease? Known as salicylic acid (from the Latin salix, willow tree), this pain-killing compound is widely distributed throughout plants, where it functions as a hormone. The more vegetables and fruits you consume, the more likel... more »

This is Congressman Pyle on Steroids

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 9 hours ago
Any questions?

now accepting suggestions for movie season

laura k at wmtc - 9 hours ago
I hardly noticed the transition from Baseball Season to Movie Season this year. With the Red Sox having their worst season almost 50 years (1965), my tolerance for the nightly loss ran out some time in July. By August it wasn't unusual for Allan to keep the game on his computer while we played Angry Birds. (We finished the whole game, then went back to the beginning to get three stars on every level. Gotta have those golden eggs.) Plus, one of the really nice pieces of dumping cable in favour of streaming has been having Netflix all year. Zip was $30/month, and I didn't want to pa... more »

Dee Dee Myers gets it right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012* *What the world needs from Joe Biden:* A week went by before we saw it. Yesterday, we finally saw a major pundit explain what was wrong with last Wednesday’s performance. Dee Dee Myers did the honors on Hardball. In our view, she got it right: MYERS (10/10/12): *The president’s problem wasn't that he was too polite. The president’s problem was that he didn’t come with a strong narrative frame,* right, both for defending his own accomplishments and his own record, giving us some idea of where we’re going in the next term and holding Mitt Romney accountab... more »


Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 9 hours ago
2012-10-11 Extension of Surveillance Law U.S. intelligence officials are asking for quick congressional action to extend a sweeping but controversial U.S. electronic surveillance law.Officials from US intelligence agencies argue that if the law, which expires at the end of this year, is not extended, U.S. spy agencies would lose access to a "very, very important source of valuable intelligence information."But at the same time, some people are complaining the violation of civil liberties, such as the inadvertently gathered intelligence about U.S. citizens. -*Mark Morrison,* Professo... more »

Pol. Ideology 37: Collectivism, Conservatism and Liberalism

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 9 hours ago
This will be a continuation and expansion of my earlier paper, Pol. Ideology 15: Socialism, Conservatism and Liberalism posted last March 08, 2010. It is about a discussion paper by *Stefan Melnik* on *Political Values -- Review of Basics*, written possibly in 2008-09. These are the three major political mainstreams and the value systems that they preach. Socialism and its cousin ideology, communism, highlights or focuses on equality and forced collectivism. Equality of outcome, social justice, income redistribution, social security, state welfare and forced solidarity. These are the... more »

The Economist Pleads for "Radical Centrist Politics"

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
The ordinarily conservative magazine, *The Economist*, is calling for radical political reform, what it calls *"true progressivism."* * One reason why Wall Street accounts for a disproportionate share of the wealthy is the implicit subsidy given to too-big-to-fail banks. From doctors to lawyers, many high-paying professions are full of unnecessary restrictive practices. And then there is the most unfair transfer of all—misdirected welfare spending. Social spending is often less about helping the poor than giving goodies to the relatively wealthy. In America the housing subsidy to ... more »

The Ultimate History Lesson

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
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The Higgs boson observation: Sheldon hires a hottie

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
American readers shouldn't forget to watch the TV's #1 comedy, the 3rd episode of 6th season of The Big Bang Theory at 8 pm tonight. The Biden-Ryan vice-presidential debate begins at 9 pm ET. It's called "The Higgs Boson Observation". I guess that the fathers of the sitcom were speculating about the Nobel prize so they chose a Higgs-related name of the episode for the Nobel prize. If so, they were not the only ones whose guess was wrong. In the episode, Sheldon Cooper hires a young female assistant. Imagine what it may do to Amy Farrah Fowler. Howard Wolowitz at the Internati... more »

Hizbollah Admits Sending Drone Over Israel

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Hizbollah has confirmed it sent an Iranian-made drone which Israel shot down last weekend.* The leader of the militant group made the admission after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Lebanese based group of sending the drone. "We are acting with determination to protect our borders," Mr Netanyahu said during a visit to the frontier with Egypt. "As we prevented last weekend an attempt by Hezbollah. We shall continue to act aggressively against all threats". Israel says the drone was not carrying explosives and appeared to be on a reconnaissance mission. Read... more »

Here Comes Evil

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
When I was sick last week, I left several articles that I found while surfing the net on the back burner. I figured it was time that I went back and put up a few of these outstanding pieces of work by other real truth seekers right here for everyone to read for themselves... One article that particularly caught my attention was the most recent work by Montecristo, who writes under Lasha Darkmoon's site: Darkmoon, at www.darkmoon.me. It is entitled: "Here Comes Evil", and I have it here for everyone that has not already read it to see it for themselves. I do have my own thought... more »

Whitewash of Friedman and Pinochet

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 10 hours ago
Make of it what you will ....


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 10 hours ago
------------------------------ *Why is it only Republicans who commit voter fraud? * http://youtu.be/J5XyJzjNePs Published on Jul 30, 2012 by TheBigPictureRT Cherchez la Verite

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake VALPARAISO, CHILE - 11th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck VALPARAISO, CHILE at a depth of 81.9 km (50.9 miles), the quake hit at 17:22:10 UTC Thursday 11th October 2012 The epicenter was 75 km (46 miles) NNE from SANTIAGO, Chile No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Legislators slam advertising group for advising members to avoid Do Not Track technology

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 10 hours ago
Image credit: Mozilla Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* Representatives Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) called out the massive Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) – a group of advertising trade groups – for their statement which advised companies to completely ignore the already weak privacy features of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The DAA’s statement was far from surprising given the fact that the industry is in fact focused on data mining. Considering the troubling developments like Google’s patented technology which can tailor advertisements based on environmental in... more »

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 11th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA at a depth of 28.6 km (17.8 miles), the quake hit at 17:07:53 UTC Thursday 11th October 2012 The epicenter was 544 km (338 miles) Southwest from Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ *Fox News covers Republican voter registration scandal * http://youtu.be/4Wp6MsBQQOg Published on Oct 4, 2012 by TheSublimeDegree Fox News "Special Report" -- aired Oct. 4, 2012 Cherchez la Verite

IMF, Germany at odds on debt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Oct. 11 - Germany's finance minister shoots down an IMF suggestion that euro zone strugglers should get more time to meet budget targets as debt worries dominate the IMF and World Bank meeting in Tokyo*

War or No War on Iran?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Stephen Lendman, *Contributor* In Shakespearean terms, indeed that's the question. Longstanding regime change plans are known. Means to achieve them have been ongoing for years. A previous article put it this way: Red lines, time lines, deadlines, sanctions, sabotage, subversion, cyber attacks, assassinations, saber rattling, falsified IAEA hype, ad nauseam warmongering, Netanyahu/Barak bluster, spurious accusations, manipulated to fail P5+1 talks, and inflammatory headlines up the stakes for war. Washington also uses color revolutions. Some work. Others don't. Iran's so-call... more »

Who Would Have a More Bizarre Foreign Policy, Mitt Romney Or GOP Staten Island Organzied Crime Figure Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Rachel explained Romney's foreign policy adventure pretty thoroughly Monday night (above). Tuesday we talked about why we found it reckless and amateurish and Reuters is still wondering what Romney's foreign policy is. In a speech filled with rhetoric rather than substance, and with repeated and false accusations about President Barack Obama’s national security record, Romney once again talked about how he would “strengthen our partnerships”-- and once again failed to explain how he would manage relations with our friends in Europe, with whom we work closely on every major global... more »

Are you still sure Mitt Romney can't win!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012* *The laziness of his opponents:* Our side is so dumb it just hurts. Consider what happened when E. J. Dionne showed up to chatter with Rachel. The nonsense in question occurred Tuesday night. E. J. offered this: DIONNE (10/9/12): *In preparing for this show, I noticed something that I hadn’t noticed before. Romney said in the debate, “I’m not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high-income people.”* Now, that’s exactly what George W. Bush said in the 2000 debate. *You can cut rich peoples’ taxes by a whole lot of money and still have them pay t... more »

Biotech Scientist: It’s ‘Awesome’ That GMOs Cause Infertility, Death (Video)

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Anthony Gucciardi The debate as to whether or not genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are causing serious health issues like infertility and even death is proclaimed as ‘heated’ and ‘inconclusive’ by the mainstream media, but even the very scientists working behind the scenes appear to acknowledge the very reality of their effects. In one such communication I received from a very angry biotech scientist who proclaimed it was ‘awesome’ if GMOs were causing mass infertility and death, it becomes tragically clear that even *many of the scientists working in the biotech field know ... more »

The Human Avatar Programs by NASA & DARPA

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Kenny Valenzuela, *Contributor* Looking deeper down the rabbit hole of madness that is offered to us on a daily basis by the new world order's predictive programming industry known as Hollywood. The placement of ideas and concepts in mainstream news has become almost nauseating, especially with the network television’s use of subliminal and neurolinguistic programming techniques designed specifically to trigger perceptual defense mechanisms usually targeting purchasing and consumption behaviors. With two different government agencies interested in the same goals using the same lang... more »

Barry Thew Jailed for Eight Months For Wearing Police Deaths T-Shirt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A man who wore a T-shirt emblazoned with anti-police comments just hours after the killings of two policewomen has been jailed for eight months. Barry Thew, 39, was spotted in his home town of Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, wearing a T-shirt which carried the handwritten comments "One less pig; perfect justice" and "Killacopforfun.com haha". Less than four hours earlier, PCs Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, had been shot dead in a gun and grenade attack as they responded to a reported burglary on the Hattersley estate in Mottram, Greater Manchester. Read More

Syrian Plane 'Carried Russian Munitions'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*Turkey's Prime Minister says a Syrian plane forced to land in Ankara was carrying Russian-made munitions destined for Damascus.* Tayyip Erdogan has said a Syrian passenger plane from Moscow which was forced to land in Ankara was carrying Russian-made munitions. It's believed the arms were destined for Syria's defence ministry. The Airbus A320, which had 37 passengers on board, was escorted to Ankara airport by F-16 fighter jets where the Turkish authorities seized some of its cargo. "We are determined to control weapons transfers to a regime that carries out such brutal massacres... more »

Don't You Just Hate It When...

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
It's such a bitch being well off in an affluent homeland. Just ask these folks:

Food prices, hunger and climate change

paul at Paying attention - 11 hours ago
Pretty interesting juxtaposition of two stories on the El Heraldo website this week. The cost of the basic food basket in Honduras - the food needed for a family of five for a month - has risen to 6,950 lempiras, or a little under $350, the newspaper reported, citing a report from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. The second story reported that the minimum wage might go up in December, depending on the inflation rate. A little less rain, and the crops failBut it also noted that the current minimum wage schedule ranges from $230 a month to $355 a month. (The minimum wage sch... more »

Biden's Career Path

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
Dave Weigel makes an interesting aside in the midst of a preview of Joe Biden's debate style which I enthusiastically recommend. He says that after the 1988 presidential campaign fiasco, "Biden quit the race and followed the pattern of senators who’d had their dreams crushed in front of national TV audiences. He focused on the work." That's exactly the kind of claim that goes right to that part of my brain that spent the better part of the 1980s and 1990s reading and rereading Bill James. Is there such a pattern? How common is it? Well, the problem is that it's a little hard to do t... more »

Doom And Gloom - The Stones Return

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
They're not going anywhere, not yet at least. The Stones return to celebrate their 50th year of rock and roll. Doom and Gloom.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF CALIFORNIA - 11th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the GULF OF CALIFORNIA at a depth of 11.5 km (7.1 miles), the quake hit at 15:13:17 UTC Thursday 11th October 2012 The epicenter was 59 km (36 miles) NNE from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Matt Simmons Warned Us

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Thur Oct 11 BP Close to Spill Settlement: Multibillion Dollar Deal with U.S. Would Combine Civil, Criminal Liabilities. By Daniel Gilbert p. A2 [Paraphrasing] The article states that the US government and BP are closer to reaching a settlement. The settlement is based on the presumption that 4.9 million barrels of crude entered the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s liability under the Clean Water Act could range between $5.4 billion and $21 billion in civil penalties. At issue is the degree of BP’s negligence. The Justice Department is considering whether to levy fines through a provision ... more »

Progresss Comes to Ireland

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 12 hours ago
This is great news for Ireland but there's a heckuva long way to go yet. The first private abortion clinic will open in Belfast next week. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where the Abortion Act 1967 does not apply, owing to opposition from the churches and almost all the parties at the Stormont assembly. Like their counterparts in the Republic, where abortions are illegal, women from Northern Ireland have to travel to elsewhere in Britain for terminations. But the clinic will provide only medical abortions and the National Health Service won't cover the pretty hefty pric... more »

Who Says Shit Like This? Oh yeah, ...Republicans - Again

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
*"Some Girls Rape Easy"* Wisconsin state representative Roger Rivard says his pappy taught him to be wary of "consensual" sex because "some girls rape easy." * * * * *“He told the Journal Sentinel that his father had advised him not to have premarital sex, and he took that seriously.* *‘He also told me one thing, “If you do (have premarital sex), just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry,”‘ Rivard said. ‘Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she’s not going to say, “Oh, yeah, I was part of the progr... more »

Fear Itself

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Wikipedia image Dan and Sheila Gendron, *Contributors* If we were to pinpoint the one pervasive emotion in society today, it would be fear. People all around you are fearful of almost everything. They fear the police. They fear the IRS, ATF, TSA and all the other “alphabet police”. They fear losing their job. They fear loosing their house. They fear their city or town government. And they fear the mother of them all – fear of continuing life without enough money to maintain their current lifestyle (or at least the one the remember from a decade ago). Most people rationalize these ... more »

After 20 Years, Federal Court to Review Evidence on Therapeutic Value of Marijuana

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Lisa Garber Americans for Safe Access, a group of doctors, medical professionals, and patients, will defend scientific evidence of marijuana’s therapeutic value next week in the US court of appeals in Washington, DC. This will be the first time in 20 years that a federal court will review marijuana’s classification as a schedule I drug—dangerous with no medical benefits, in the same arena as LSD and heroin. “This is a rare opportunity for patients to confront politically motivated decision-making with scientific evidence of marijuana’s medical efficacy,” says Joe Elford, chief ... more »

U.S. sues Wells Fargo in mortgage fraud case

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Reuters The U.S. government filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit on Tuesday against Wells Fargo & Co, the latest legal volley against big banks for their lending during the housing boom. The complaint, brought by the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, seeks damages and civil penalties from Wells Fargo for more than 10 years of alleged misconduct related to government-insured Federal Housing Administration loans. The lawsuit alleges the FHA paid hundreds of millions of dollars on insurance claims on thousands of defaulted mortgages as a result of false certifications by Wells Fargo, the... more »

The hopeless decline of the liberal world!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012* *Watching us act just like Fox:* Last evening, the cry was made all over cable, from Hardball through the Maddow Show. Let’s present the point as the hapless Gail Collins presents it this morning. Last evening, on pseudo-liberal cable, you saw the highlighted point belabored all night long: COLLINS (10/11/12): You have to calm down, Democrats. Romney hasn’t turned into some new super-candidate. You were just underestimating him during September. He’s the same old Mitt. *This week in Des Moines, he told an editorial board that he doesn’t have any plans ... more »

WSJ: "New EPA Findings Test Fracking Site"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
October 11, 2012 p. A2 by T. Tracy. [Excerpted] New tests of water surrounding natural-gas-drilling sites near Pavillion, Wyo, have turned up results that are 'generally consistent' with earlier findings showing a link between contamination and hydraulic fracturing, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wed..." Majia here: Not surprisingly, the company, Encana Corp., drilling in the area has denied this connection. PREVIOUS POSTS ON FRACKING Majia's Blog: Transparency in Natural Gas *Fracking*: NOT! Aug 15, 2012 Transparency in Natural Gas Fracking: NOT! Fracking Hazards Obscur... more »

Spain keelhauled by Germany and AAA chicanery

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
As Gary Jenkins from Swordfish says this morning: Spain is junked if it does, and junked if it doesn’t. A key reason for Standard & Poor’s two-notch downgrade of Spain to near junk last night is the refusal of premier Mariano Rajoy to bite the bullet on a rescue. His "hesitation" is "potentially raising the risks to Spain’s rating". By contrast, Moody’s said earlier that it will cut Spain to junk if it DOES request a bail-out. What a marvellous mess. Here is S&P’s rationale: A severe and deepening economic recession that could lead to increasing social discontent and rising tensi... more »

First Nation Terrance Nelson: Purpose of our trip to Iran

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
*Terrance Nelson, Roseau River Ojibwe, shares the purpose of the trip to Iran* ** Terrance Nelson *By Terrance Nelson * *October 11, 2012* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com We are on our way to Tehran. One of the main purposes for me of the trip to Iran is to engage the Iranian government in helping First Nations in Canada to access OPEC nations and business people in the pursuit of justice for oil producing First Nations in Canada. The current court case in the Hague by four Nigerian villagers taking Royal Dutch Shell into international court for environmental dama... more »

Astronomers Reveal Planet Is Made Of Diamond

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
* A planet about 40 light years away and twice the size of Earth is made largely out of diamond, astronomers have said. * The rocky planet, called 55 Cancri e, is orbiting a sun-like star that is visible with the naked eye. It is in the constellation of Cancer and is moving so fast that a year there lasts a mere 18 hours. Discovered by a US-Franco research team, the planet’s radius is twice that of Earth's and its mass eight times greater. Temperatures on its surface reach 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit (1,648 Celsius). "The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamon... more »

DNC Chair: Wrong Statements About Libya Attack Doesn't Mean False Statements About Libya

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
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Slavoj Zizek: A New Kind of Communism

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
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Is Premier Wall About To Reneg On His Pledge To NOT Privatize Saskatchewan Crown Corporations?

leftdog at Buckdog - 13 hours ago
*The Saskatchewan Party lost the 2003 provincial election because then leader, Elwin Hermanson said to a reporter, "why wouldn't we look at selling crown corporations?" That one sentence resonated negatively with voters and ensured the defeat of the surging Saskatchewan Party.* * **Shortly thereafter, the Saskies ditched Elwin and elected the charismatic, young Brad Wall. * *New leader, Wall, was smart enough to understand that his party's right wing ideology was simply not going to fly in a province that understood the importance of public enterprise for the overall good of taxpay... more »

I Added A Disclaimer To "Madman Hitler In 1945: The Holocaust Is A Conspiracy Theory "

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 13 hours ago
After receiving an email from a German reader asking for the source of my Hitler quote in the article, *"Madman Hitler In 1945: The Holocaust Is A Conspiracy Theory,"* I realized that I should have been more clear about the purpose and nature of the article. It was stupid of me to be vague when writing about sensitive matters. And nothing is more sensitive than history. The legacy of the Holocaust is still with us, mainly because the terrorist leaders of Israel and the Zionist project are cynically using the memory of that catastrophe to create international sympathy for their aggre... more »

Experts: Global warming means more Antarctic ice

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
Editors Note: Covering all the bases! Yahoo News Seth Borenstein Here's a stark looking picture for good measure. The ice goes on seemingly forever in a white pancake-flat landscape, stretching farther than ever before. And yet in this confounding region of the world, that spreading ice may be a cockeyed signal of man-made climate change, scientists say. This is Antarctica, the polar opposite of the Arctic. While the North Pole has been losing sea ice over the years, the water nearest the South Pole has been gaining it. Antarctic sea ice hit a record 7.51 million square miles i... more »

Turkey's army on high state of readiness, first step for Syria no-fly zone

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Turkish armed forces on full alert War tensions over Syria continued to spiral early Thursday, Oct. 11, when Turkey’s armed forces were placed on a state of readiness and its chief of staff pledged stronger response to any hostile act by Syria, A high-placed US source confirmed to debkafile that Turkey had, by forcing a Syrian civilian Airbus A320 plane en route from Moscow to Damascus to land in Ankara and declaring Syrian airspace “unsafe,” taken the first step toward creating a no-fly zone over Syria. Early Thursday, Moscow responded with a demand from Ankara for clarifications... more »

Anti-fluoride group will submit more than 35,000 signatures to Portland in 'confident' bid to force vote

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
Editor's Note: Now you know why I live in Portland. Oregon Live Brad Schmidt [image: Portland city council votes to add fluoride to its water amidst protestors] An anti-fluoride group said it's been so successful collecting signatures to block Portland's controversial fluoride plan that it will turn them in Thursday -- a day ahead of schedule and with thousands of signatures to spare. If they succeeded in collecting 19,858 valid signatures from city voters, Portland's already-approved fluoride plan would come to a screeching halt. It wouldn't move forward unless voters approve, w... more »

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