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Friday, October 12, 2012

12 October - Blogs I'm Following II

The Trifid Nebula in infrared as seen by the S...
The Trifid Nebula in infrared as seen by the Spitzer Space Telescope (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Journey To Peace”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 minutes ago
Chuck Wild, Liquid Mind, “Journey To Peace” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V00p6JU-HMU&feature=context-vrec

Cleveland Bus Driver Suspended After Decking Unruly Female Rider With Brutal Bolo Punch

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 minutes ago
*Yes, yes, people destroying each other as per usual. However, what we're also witnessing is "gender equality". The vocally and physically abusive young woman didn't suddenly expect the rules to revert back to the year 1850 after she gave him a slap, did she?* *This portion of one report strikes me the most: "The driver then throws the woman off the stopped bus, though she climbs back aboard and tussles with him. 'She want to be a man, I'm gonna treat you like a man,' the driver announces at one point." Stand yo' ground.* http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/viral-video/cleveland-bus-p... more »

Sunday Classics preview: The post-operatic Rossini

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 15 minutes ago
*Tenor Dalmacio Gonzalez sings the "*Cuius animam*" from Rossini's Stabat Mater -- in an August 1981 Proms performance with the Philharmona Orchestra conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini. (DG made a recording with the same forces as the Proms performance.)* *by Ken* It's impossible to talk about the career of Gioachhino Rossini (1792-1868) without taking note of the fact that, though he lived almost another 40 years, he completed his last opera, *William Tell*, in 1829, at the age of 37. With his retirement from the stage he didn't stop composing, though -- though now, freed from the ... more »

"School And Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 minutes ago
“The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.” - Tom Bodett

Anonymous withdraws support for WikiLeaks: "Ruined by egos"

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
*...and perhaps the fact Assange hasn't had a bath in months.* http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/17e6d936-1486-11e2-aa93-00144feabdc0.html#axzz298zVy2RZ

Turkey steps up presence on Syria border with 250 tanks, fighter patrols: Ready to rumble?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago

Musical Interlude: Moody Blues, “Ride My See-Saw”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Moody Blues, “Ride My See-Saw” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCtQwXVipqo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“A single field from the world's most powerful survey instrument captures this spectacular skyview. Looking toward Sagittarius, the scene spans nearly 3 degrees or six times the width of the Full Moon. At bottom, upper right, and lower left it covers the Lagoon Nebula (M8), the Trifid Nebula (M20), and NGC 6559, in the crowded, dusty starfields of the central Milky Way. *Click image for larger size. * The adopted color scheme shows dust reddened starlight in red hues and normally red emission from hydrogen atoms in green. Built and operated by the Pan-STARRS project, the instrum... more »

Here we are again

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 3 hours ago
Here we are again with yet another failing of our stupid bloody simpleton's understanding of justice and the system we built around it. With all the research we have the shows the complex biological and social roots of deviant behaviour, the best we can still do for those who stray is lock them in boxes somewhere out of sight. Even without what appears to be an appalling display of neglect and

The presumption of innocence is crucial to us. It just seems like rich folks get more of it

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*by Ken* And it doesn't hurt if you're on the favored side of an ethnic divide either. Let me say that I'm nervous about jumping into blogprint about this story, with so much unknown. There isn't, after all, anything at all in evidence, because you only get evidence in a trial, and it appears that Mr. Jennings isn't going to face one of those. I assume that from the prosecutor's standpoint the case involves too much "he said"-"he said," and then when there's talk of contradictory and false statements, it's understandable that prosecutors are reluctant to prosecute a case they do... more »

Fred Short receives AIM-WEST Life Time Achievemen​t Award

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
[image: photo.JPG]By Tony Gonzales AIM West http://www.aimwest.info Spiritual Advisor Fred Short, with wife Connie, is awarded AIM-WEST's Life Time Achievement Award, at the Brava Theater Center on October 12th during the Third Annual American Indian Movement International Film Festival, held in San Francisco. Mr. Bill Means and Dr. Jose Cuellar were on hand to award Mr, Short with a beautiful blanket provided generously by Pennie Plant and Michael Horse. Fred has impacted our lives in many ways whether in ceremonies, street demonstrations, work with youth and prisoners, or protecti... more »

Chet Raymo, "Nebula"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
* "Nebula"* by Chet Raymo "The APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) on Columbus Day was the planetary nebula known as Abell 39, an almost perfectly spherical shell of gas blown off by a Sun-like star in the final throes of its life. The name, planetary nebula, has nothing to do with planets per se. The name derives from a time- late 18th century- when these frequently disk-shaped objects, seen with less resolution than today, appeared planet-like in a telescope. *Click image for larger size.* You can find dozens of images of planetary nebulae on the APOD or Hubble web sites... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Prosperity Paradigms Sufficiently in Place…

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 3 hours ago
*Prosperity Paradigms Sufficiently in Place…* October 12, 2012 Widening of all local portals results from the 10-10. Expansion in regional size and intensity of permitted Light flow via these portals. This occurs in agreement with Gaia intention to expand attraction of Higher Dimensions to maximum number of un-wakened humans. Number and width of Gaia portals have increased 444 fold via the 10-10. Allowing increased passage of Galactic contacts, both 3D-4D visible, and Higher thought forms. The 10-10 additionally lowered resistance in general humanity to Disclosure concepts, b... more »

MNN: 'Protho. Aalto Turning Soprano'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
MNN: Protho. Aalto Turning Soprano ** *MNN: PROTHO. AALTO MAY BE TURNING SOPRANO SOON. *** *Kanekota & the Queen [FC T-1396-12]* Mohawk Nation News http://www.mohawknationnews.com *MNN. On October 11, 2012, Thahoketoteh of Kanekota filed an appeal motion at the Federal Court to quash Prothonotary Kevin Alto’s illegal decision of October 5. No reason was given forbidding us to appeal. He erred in fundamental jurisdictional law. The Federal Court has to answer us by October 25th 2012. * *On October 1, 2012, supporters filled the court room to witness Thahoketoeh presenting oral ar... more »

Mohawk Nation News: Aalto Turning Soprano

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
MNN: Protho. Aalto Turning Soprano ** *MNN: PROTHO. AALTO MAY BE TURNING SOPRANO SOON. * *Mohawk Nation News* *http://www.mohawknationnews.com* *Kanekota & the Queen [FC T-1396-12]* *MNN. On October 11, 2012, Thahoketoteh of Kanekota filed an appeal motion at the Federal Court to quash Prothonotary Kevin Alto’s illegal decision of October 5. No reason was given forbidding us to appeal. He erred in fundamental jurisdictional law. The Federal Court has to answer us by October 25th 2012. * *On October 1, 2012, supporters filled the court room to witness Thahoketoeh presenting oral ... more »

Hezbollah drone may have been sent to monitor Israel’s nuclear facility at Dimona (and may have succeeded)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*Such activity shouldn't alarm one who says others can't have a bomb, right? No hypocrisy here, surely.* http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/10/12/171390/hezbollah-drone-may-have-been.html

Q. How many Cowans does it take to change a light bulb?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
A. None. They are in eternal darkness. (If you don't get it well, sorry the joke is a secret)

Quick thoughts on the US Veep debate

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 4 hours ago
I caught a bit of Biden vs. Ryan snake oil festival last night. In terms of substance, Biden ran circles around Ryan. However, Ryan pulled a Harper. You know, that calm, very carefully trained and rehearsed daddy-knows-best voice and canned phrases that lulls the crazies into a voting trance and that disoriented bunch of undecideds into whatever state they need to get themselves to vote. And has

Tempered Happiness

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 4 hours ago
St. Catherine's Hospital--Cite Soleil Rehydration Room October 12, 2012 (Photo by John Carroll) The Haitian Public Health nurses (MSPP) working in this cramped tiny room tucked away on the second floor of St. Catherine's Hospital in Soleil save many little lives EACH day. With salt and sugar mixed in a bag of sterile water. And knowing where tiny collapsed veins course under the skin without being able to see or feel them they start tiny IVs. This one year old was lying fairly lifeless with her eyes sunk and half closed two hours before this photo. She was one of a jillion babies an... more »

Ultimate Food Fight 3 - Schedule

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 4 hours ago
Sponsored by UA-Mexican American Studies 496 Cultural Nutrition Class. For info, contact Dr. Cintli 520-271-6796 or XColumn@gmail.com 


Fred Barnes at *The Weekly Standard* was clearly fuming over the pasting Biden gave Ryan in the one and only vice-presidential debate. In a piece titled *Biden Bombs*, Barnes writes almost screaming at his readers: *“You don’t win a nationally televised debate by being rude and obnoxious. You don’t win by interrupting your opponent time after time after time or by being a blowhard. You don’t win with facial expressions, especially smirks or fake laughs, or by pretending to be utterly exasperated with what your opponent is saying.”* Well, apparently Biden did, at least according to... more »

Hungry for attention

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 5 hours ago
The tortilla masters: Carina and SofiaYesterday I climbed up to the smoky little half-kitchen that's tucked into an attic-size space at the Copan * guardaria* to help a couple of the girls make tortillas. I'd had visions of everyone being fed and ready for a fast visit to the playground when I first arrived, seeing as I needed to get back to work. But it was soon obvious that wasn't going to happen. I don't much like the tortilla room, as there's always smoke hanging heavy in the air from the little "eco-friendly" wood stove that I'm sure would be great if it only had a chimney. But it... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Psychology: “The Learned Optimism Test”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Learned Optimism Test”* by Stanford University “*The Instructions:* Adapted from Dr. Martin Seligman's book, "Learned Optimism", there are forty-eight (48) questions in this evaluation test. Take as much time as you need to answer each of the questions. On average, this test takes about fifteen minutes. There are no right or wrong answers. Do NOT read the analysis in "Learned Optimism" until after you have completed this test. Read the description of each situation and vividly imagine it happening to you. You have probably not experienced some of the situations, but that s... more »

Psychology: "Learned Helplessness and Voter Apathy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Learned Helplessness and Voter Apathy"* by Bill Benzon "There are things that are important to us, and things that are not. There are things that we can control, and things that we cannot. Our ability, or not, to control unimportant things is of little consequence. It is otherwise with our ability to control important things. We cannot control the weather, for example, not very much. Nor can we control the fact that we, and everyone we know, is going to die. Yes, we may have some limited control over the timing and circumstances but the fact of death itself is beyond our contr... more »

Threat of a Complete Financial Meltdown: IMF Report Points to Growing Instability

Intercept at The Intercept - 5 hours ago
World Socialist Website Nick Beams *[image: imf]**Four years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the latest Global Financial Stability Report published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) makes clear that the threat of a complete meltdown of the international financial system remains. And the dangers of such an event are increasing.* The report, issued earlier this week, began by noting that risks to financial instability had increased since the previous report last April and that “confidence in the global financial system has become very fragile.” The main risk to financi... more »

Alternatives to Austerity

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 6 hours ago
I've lost count of the underpopulated trade union-organised meetings I've attended over the last 10 years. But thankfully, Tuesday evening's event organised under the banner of 'For a Fairer North Staffordshire?' by North Staffs TUC, the local PCS and Pensioners' Convention turned out to be a public meeting the public wanted to be at. Around a 150 people attended to hear what a panel of speakers on the government's ideologically-blinkered austerity drive, and what we - the labour movement - should do about it. The first speaker was inveterate activist Dot Gibson... more »

"People Who Shut Their Eyes..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster." - James Baldwin

Heavy snow has fallen across parts of Australia despite it being more than a month into spring

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
**Ukelele* * *Tip toe, through the tulips, by the window, that's where I'll be...* *In Australia, Spring's for suckers, you'll see... * http://news.sky.com/story/996852/heavy-snowfall-across-parts-of-australia

When Irish eyes are smiling

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
The VP debate last night was being billed as the "Thrill in the Ville." It lived up to its billing for me. I didn't want it to end. I got the feeling neither did Joe Biden. He was clearly enjoying his freedom to Hulk smash Paul Ryan's pathetic lies as they popped up. Felt like watching the kids play whack-a-mole at the arcade. And Joe Biden won all the prize tickets. This of course, dismayed fully half of the on-air punditry. Much pearl clutching and gasping for air on the fainting couches about the heinous incivility of derisive laughter. It totally ruined their pre-written script... more »

Elsewhere: Unraveling, Old Ideas, Electoral College

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Three things today. My column at Salon for the weekend is already up. I looked at Paul Ryan's assertion that Barack Obama's foreign policy is "unraveling" and noted that it's substance-free, concluding that it's yet another consequence of the closed information loop. At PP, I said that I'm ignoring the electoral college. Which, really, I am. To the extent I pay attention to state polls, it's as signals to what's happening nationally, mostly as helpfully translated by the better aggregator sites. And over at Greg's place, I riffed off of Joe Biden's line that "Their ideas are old, a... more »

‘Parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’ could legally replace mom and dad in France

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago

Max Keiser: Check To See If You're A Terrorist

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
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Aaron Schock (R-IL) May Have Been Beating Off Watching Ryan Debate But He Didn't Make Any National Coming Out Day Announcement

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*Which is more real to you?* There was a time when strangers would stop me in the street and say they had seen me in a movie or video, especially the Wilco film. I met someone who became a lifelong friend because he asked me for my autograph at a party after having seen me in a Ramones video. A couple months ago Brendan Toller came over and shot me for his upcoming film Danny Says. But the first time I ever saw my name in lights-- or on the screen in any case-- was for a second when the credits rolled on PBS after a showing of the 1984 film The Times of Harvey Milk, which won an Osca... more »

Tariq Ali: European Union Awarded Nobel Peace Prize Despite Ties to NATO, Crippling Austerity Cuts

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
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"How It Really, Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 7 hours ago
This has been a terrible, terrible week for me for migraines. I had the worst migraine of my life Tuesday and spent a miserable evening in a crowded ER. The migraine was so bad that I had neurological symptoms. Someone else I work with had a bad migraine Tue and could not come in to teach. Last night it rained. This morning I went for a 1 hour hike and immediately (at the end of the hike) ended up with another migraine. Ugghh... Could it be linked to the rising radiation levels? Tue was off the chart in a city in my region... going to lay down now....

Thousands of Pakistanis rally against US drone strikes

Intercept at The Intercept - 7 hours ago
Nine-mile convoy led by Imran Khan heads towards South Waziristan as local officials say it will not be allowed to proceed Thousands of Pakistanis, joined by US anti-war activists, have headed toward Pakistan's volatile tribal region to protest against American drone strikes despite threats from the Taliban. The demonstrators, headed by former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, say the strikes violate Pakistani sovereignty and kill civilians. The rally is heading into a part of the country where the Pakistani military has been battling a violent Taliban uprising. The motorca... more »

Is there some way to deport Katty Kay?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 7 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012* *Simpering ninnies, go home:* Midway through last evening's hour, Katty Kay showed up to expound on the Charlie Rose show. Katty was in a serious twit about the evening's debate. This is what Katty Kay saw when Biden and Ryan debated: ROSE (10/11/12) Katty Kay, you are coming to us now from Washington. Your impressions? KAY: Yes, I agree, I think that Paul Ryan you know performed well and Republicans will be quite happy with him. He was clear, he was concise, he too was energetic. And look, we’ve never seen him perform on such a huge national platform as... more »

“When the Fukushima Meltdown Hits Groundwater”; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*A Comment:* This is a re-post from April 6, 2011, especially relevant now since it appears radiation levels are spiking throughout the western and southwestern parts of the US. I'm sorry for repeating what you no doubt have already learned from the beloved and most trustworthy mainstream media, whose diligence, honesty and relentless pursuit of truth have kept you continually and fully informed. They have kept you fully informed, right? What? Oh... apologies! Silly me, I forgot, this is America... - CP *“When the Fukushima Meltdown Hits Groundwater”* By Dr. Tom Burnett "F... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake COSTA RICA - 12th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Friday, October 12, 2012 at 19:24:15 UTC Friday, October 12, 2012 at 01:24:15 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 9.578°N, 84.297°W Depth 45.3 km (28.1 miles) Region COSTA RICA Distances 7 km (4 miles) NNE of Parrita, Costa Rica

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake LUZON, PHILIPPINES - 12th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude mb 5.0 Region LUZON, PHILIPPINES Date time 2012-10-12 18:53:08.7 UTC Location 14.54 N ; 120.51 E Depth 180 km Distances 50 km W Manila (pop 10,444,527 ; local time 02:53:08.7 2012-10-13) 38 km SW Hagonoy (pop 123,531 ; local time 02:53:08.7 2012-10-13) 10 km W Limay (pop 52,824 ; local time 02:53:08.7 2012-10-13)

"Fukushima Radiation Continues Spreading and Spiking Across USA"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
* "Fukushima Radiation Continues Spreading and Spiking Across USA"* by Nuke Pro "We noted in a prior post that "Something Happened around September 17" and radiation spiked high in a number of US cities, but especially the Pacific Northwest. These are the areas that were the hardest hit by Fukushima the first time around, as the jet stream usually makes a beeline for them. I was hoping that would be a week or so spike, and then back to normal, but that is not the case, and the radiation continues to spread east and south. Disturbingly, over half of the Radnet data has gone black... more »

No. Fetus Fetishists Cannot Lie & Mislead on Our Tellies

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
Back in June, DJ! was alerted to the appearance of USian anti-abortion ads on Canadian telly. The 'Milk Carton' ad was sleuthed out and it *is* USian, 'leased' by Ontario Alliance for Life. The National Abortion Federation issued a call to action, specifically for complaints to the Advertising Standards Council. Looky here. In what one pro-life leader is calling a case of blatant bias, the Advertising Standards Council of Canada (ASC) has censured a pro-life TV commercial for allegedly being “misleading” and “demean[ing] and denigrat[ing to] women”. The ASC Council will penalize t... more »

Candidate Ryan restores specificity!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012* *Mathematical impossibility too:* An interesting number returned to the discourse last night. That number is twenty percent. Does Candidate Romney still intend to lower all federal income tax rates by twenty percent? While keeping the whole shebang revenue neutral by eliminating loopholes/deductions? In August, the Tax Policy Center said it’s “mathematically impossible” to do such a thing without raising taxes on the middle class. Not long ago, at least one Romney surrogate seemed to be walking back the size of that cut in tax rates. Romney himself hasn’... more »

Flight Of The QuadroCopters

Southern Man at Southern Man - 8 hours ago
Through the generosity of The Dean we have three new toys: Parrot AR.Drone quadrocopters, which will be used for recruitment. The Dean issued a challenge: a hundred bucks to the first to fly. So while Southern Man was teaching his Friday morning lab the Finance Department rose to the challenge... RS and JM fly their copter. Southern Man was not far behind: after lab he broke his out and got it up in the air as well. A little video from the 'copter of a few of Southern Man's programming lab students. Southern Man gets in a little flying time. Photo by Trudy. Sadly Southern M... more »

The "Domestic Terrorist" Threat In The United States Is A Big Hoax

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
I *Washington's Blog: Take the Test to See If You Might Be Considered a “Potential Terrorist” By Government Officials.* As the U.S. economy worsens and public dissatisfaction with the status quo political parties grows to revolutionary levels, the bankster-hijacked U.S. military will be called upon to play a larger role on American soil. Building political legitimacy for military action in the defense of the status quo is a project that has gone on for well over two decades, but it has intensified in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. The counter-terrorism language that ... more »

Missing something?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
The BBC's report on the latest US jobs figures is still reporting that: 'The US unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest rate since January 2009, figures from the Department of Labor have shown, surprising analysts who had been expecting a small rise. Last month's rate came in at 7.8%, down from 8.1% in August. The latest numbers also showed that the US economy added a further 114,000 jobs in September, beating expectations.' What is odd is that whilst Breitbart can manage to report that: '...it turns out that number wasn't right. They forgot to include CALIFORNIA, the most ... more »

The Politics of the Hunger Games

Daniel Nexon at - 9 hours ago
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the projects that I’m working on now is a book provisionally entitled “The Politics of the Hunger Games.” PM and I are overdue in submitting a full proposal to the press. In an earlier … Continue reading →

EU and the Peace Prize (Round 2)

Jon Western at - 9 hours ago
The initial reaction from Facebook and from my Realist friends reveals a certain amount of scorn for the Nobel Peace Prize announcement this morning. The EU today is an easy parody and I guess the response is to be … Continue reading →

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: What Are Efforts To Contain Fukushima? NONE!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
It has been extremely puzzling and disturbing to me that the world's people have put so much focus on the situation in both the Middle East, and in Europe, considering that a life ending scenario situation is still ongoing in Japan right now! The spent fuel rod pool sitting above the failed reactor #4 at the Daichii Fukushima Nuclear power plant is still in danger of collapsing, and there are absolutely no emergency plans to have the rods removed from that warped and leaking containment any time soon! If that pool was to collapse, we would see a horrendous amount of radiation pour... more »

Well....What else would you Expect from an App Created by US military experts at Naval Surface Warfare Center?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
New, an app that can hack your smartphone camera and spy on you

Meningitis outbreak expands to 12 states, 184 cases: CDC

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

Elizabeth Escalona Jailed for 99 for gluing her Daughter's hands to a wall

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Article *- Finally a judge with some sense to protect a child. UK courts should take note.*

Amanada Todd, may you find your bluebirds

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 9 hours ago
Fear and loathing, love and despair, silent voices screaming for peace, a daughter, a sister, a future mother taken by the mistaken, hijacked lives and tormented souls propelled into the afterworld in search of nothing but pain free silence, relief for one but at a cost of the many who remain in this cold dark arena. I never knew you Amanda, now I`ll never forget. The Straight Goods Cheers Eyes Full of Tears

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 9 hours ago
Goes to a definitive Josh Barro post ripping apart the Mitt Romney claim that there are six studies which support Romney's math on the tax plan. Remember: the TPC study finds that you can't (1) cut tax rates by 20% and include the other tax treatments that Romney is proposing; (2) avoid increasing taxes on middle-income filers; and (3) keep the same revenues by closing the remaining available tax preferences for the rich. It's simply a question of math; the rich don't have enough tax preferences remaining after the ones that Romney specifies to make up what they would get in the rat... more »

Savile: Police Speak To 40 Potential Victims

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*When will the police start looking at who helped him cover up these Evil Crimes for over 50 years?* * * *Article*


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*UK Prime Minister Edward Heath. Illustration by John Kent in “Private Eye” 11 September 1970. Website for this image* Over several decades, Sir Jimmy Savile mixed with the British royal family and with UK prime ministers. Savile must have been vetted by the UK intelligence agencies. During the 1970s, Brigadier Ronnie Stonham was the MI5 man responsible for vetting all BBC staff. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MI5 This month, the main stream media has been reporting that Savile, since at least the 1960s, was known, by many of his contacts, to be a child sex abuser. John Gibbin ... more »

journey to the edge of the universe

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago

China: Sanya Beach Covered with Garbage, Much like China's Governing Class

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
http://www.chinasmack.com/2012/pictures/sanya-beach-covered-with-garbage-embarrasses-chinese-netizens.html *When those at the top don't care about their country, why should those at the bottom?*

"Economic Treason"

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 10 hours ago
Argh! I'd do something, ... but, ... Osgoode law professor Gus Van Harten, an expert on such international doings, quickly found out why. After reading the brief document, he declared it a travesty and a formidable assault on Canada's democratic traditions. For starters the deal gives Chinese investors more rights and protections than Canadian entrepreneurs could ever win in China's incredibly corrupt markets. Moreover the deal "allows Chinese companies to sue Canada outside of Canadian courts. Remarkably, the lawsuits can proceed behind closed doors. This shift to secrecy reverses ... more »

Argo's Asinine Auteur and his American Audience:Are We Hostages to Hollywood History?

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 10 hours ago
Student demonstration, Washington, D.C., November 9, 1979 (Marion S. Trikosko) Ben Affleck's new film, Argo, hit theaters today.  It tells the tale of six American diplomats who, having escaped the besieged Embassy in Tehran in late 1979 and taken shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor, were successfully smuggled out of Iran in a daring Hollywood-produced CIA operation

Spain says ECB plan ready to be used, no blocking

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Spain on Friday said a European bond-buying plan was fully ready for use and that there was absolutely no political resistance from within the euro zone to a Spanish bailout request. * The situation in Spain, which is considering seeking an aid program to ease financing pressure, dominated talks between finance ministers at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank semi-annual meetings in Tokyo. The country is the latest epicenter of the euro zone debt crisis, which started nearly three years ago, and investors believe it won't be able to deflate a big budget gap, ... more »

If you intend to claim delay is prejudicial you MUST object to trial delay

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
*R. v. Findlater*, 2012 ONCA 685 notes that accepting a trial date without comment may be taken as accepting the date is not problematic or at least not significantly problematic: "It was not that the trial judge found no prejudice, only that he had not established the degree of prejudice claimed. As he said: Where an accused does not suggest that a proposed trial date is going to cause unacceptable prejudice and accepts that date without comment, it’s reasonable to infer that *significant* prejudice will not occur. I draw that inference in all the circumstances here. [Emphasis ad... more »

SaLuSa, October 12, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 11 hours ago
Mike Quinsey - SaLuSa, October 12, 2012 SaLuSa, October 12, 2012 We like you have had to experience delays, but as long as we can still complete our tasks as planned it does not cause us much concern. We can easily adjust to the different situations we confront, but for you it means more frustration because we cannot necessarily give you anything other than the bare details of what is happening. Viewing your activities we see so many groups grasping the mantle of freedom, and doing good work that is speeding up the inevitable end of the last cabal. We shall be there to give ... more »

Forty-one hurt as Egypt's liberals and Islamists clash

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Opponents and supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi clashed in Cairo on Friday in the first street violence between rival factions since the Islamist leader took office. * Islamists and their opponents threw stones, bottles and petrol bombs, and some fought hand-to-hand, showing how feelings still run high between the rival groups trying to shape the new Egypt after decades of autocracy, even though the streets have generally been calmer since Mursi's election in June. The state news agency cited a doctor at a hospital near Tahrir saying 41 people had been inju... more »

Professor Jacob Hacker Gives Wall Street Shill Ed Royce A Little Lesson In Economics

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Not many DC pundits are following the campaign in California's suburban 39th congressional district (Hacienda Heights, Buena Park, La Habra, Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, Chino, Yorba Linda, Fullerton. Brea and Placentia). It's a swing district where McCain edged Obama 49-47% under the new boundaries. Ed Royce didn't represent much of it, although he's being called the incumbent. And the challenger is Jay Chen, a local school board president and committed smart progressive. This summer he was endorsed by Blue America. Royce is basically known for two things: his devotion to his Wa... more »

The tyranny of the split-screen presentation strikes the U.S. once again!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012* *Biden's grins fuel the search for distraction:* Last night, the Biden-Ryan debate ended shortly after 10:30. By 10:40, the discussion on MSNBC had descended to what follows. This isn’t Rachel Maddow’s fault—and what Steve Schmidt says here isn’t wrong: MADDOW (10/11/12): Let’s go now to Steve Schmidt, who’s a senior adviser to the McCain/Palin campaign in 2008. Watching this as a Republican, Steve—I will just say in the room here, us all watching together, we were all much more riveted than we were last week during the presidential debate. But, what’s yo... more »

More Deaths Amounting from Meningitis Contaminated Shots

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Lisa Garber We reported on October 9th that contaminated steroids have sickened 105 people with a noncontagious but deadly form of fungal meningitis, with 8 people dying. Steroids contaminated with fungus have claimed two more victims since Wednesday. In total, 14 have died and 170 have been sickened from a rare fungal meningitis in 11 states since the outbreak. *13,000 may Have Been Exposed* Though the condition is not transmitted from person-to-person, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that about 13,000 patients may have been injected with the contamin... more »

James McEnteer : I Drank the Booze Today, Oh Boy

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 11 hours ago
Cover art by Lynn Hatzius from Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses. Losing the plot: I drank the booze today, oh boy Barney considers himself devoted to the Rodney King school of public thought: why can’t we all just get along? By James McEnteer / The Rag Blog / October 12, 2012 Down at the neighborhood tavern, I was listening for the umpteenth time to my friend Barney lament how food stamps are

Student RFID Chipping Conditions American Youth to Accept Government Surveillance

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Susanne Posel, *Contributor* A school in Maryland has installed PalmSecure, a biometric scanning system that requires elementary students to place their hand on infrared scanners in order to pay for their school lunch. The unique nuances of each child’s individual hand will be catalogued and the image encrypted with a numerical algorithm that is combined with the cost of school lunches. PalmSource, a Japanese corporation specializing in biometric technology offers this “authentication system” which is a marketed as a necessity in healthcare, security, government, banking, retail... more »

New Jersey nonsensically claims DHS-funded “Text Against Terror” program is a success

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 11 hours ago
Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* Despite the fact that there isn't a single act of terrorism prevented or hindered by the Department of Homeland Security-funded “Text Against Terror” program in New Jersey, the state is hilariously claiming that the program is a success. This $5.775 million federally funded endeavor is quite similar to the myriad of programs operating under the banner of homeland security that prove to be a complete failure like the fusion centers which put out“a bunch of crap” according to a recent Senate panel. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a pro... more »

Huw Beynon and Steve Davies : Bruce Springsteen Brings on the Wrecking Ball

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 11 hours ago
Bruce Springsteen performs earlier this year with the E Street Band at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Photo by Mike Coppola / Getty Images. Bring on your wrecking ball: The politics of Bruce Springsteen Springsteen's patriotism is a central part of his being. He describes it as an 'angry sort of patriotism,' something that he doesn’t want to cede to 'the Right side of the

Expressing a Patriotic Core

Storm at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
The intention of this post is to examine the brief "persuasive," personal narrative (fiction) and promotional piece in *The Atlantic Monthly* titled "How Self-Expression Damaged My Students" by Robert Pondiscio. Of course, it's hardly worth doing as it carries nothing but assertion and anecdote, exactly the sort of thing one ought to be opposed to when discussing how to analyse writing as an informational conveyance with very rigid rules for construction. And as Pondiscio seems only able to compose marketing copy we can dismiss his "content" as serving an economic and ideological ... more »


Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
Radiation levels rising in areas around US. http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/04/12/realtime-epa-radnet-japan-nuclear-radiation-monitoring-every-us-city-single-page-16511/ also http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2012/10/radiation-continues-spreading-and.html

WSJ: Corn, Soybean Futures Jump

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
October 12, 2012 p. C7 by O. Fletcher and B. Tomson [Excerpted] "Corn and soybean prices rallied after the U.S. government forecast tighter supplies of the two crops next year than analysts expected. Corn futures jumped 5% to a one-month high, while soybeans rose 1.7%" Majia here: Rising food prices and declining availability promise social unrest in poor countries as hunger, perhaps even starvation, looms. Majia's Blog: US *Drought* Worsens Aug 05, 2012 [Excerpted] The historic drought of 2012 is intensifying in the most parched areas of the American heartland, roasting much of th... more »

New US-Canada Border Regime: Deep Integration and the North-American Homeland

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
*Global Research* *Dana Gabriel* * * *The Beyond the Border deal announced in December 2011 represents the most significant step forward in U.S.-Canada cooperation since NAFTA. Dual action plans are further transforming trade, regulatory and security relations between both countries. Over the next few years, various cross-border initiatives will be rolled out, with some beginning as pilot programs. The U.S. and Canada have laid the framework for a new border regime which is taking their partnership to the next level and pushing the continent closer to a fully integrated North Americ... more » 

WSJ: Money Funds Take Hit

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
October 12, 2012 by N. Tadena [Excerpt] "Assets in money-market funds fell by $1.38 billion in the week ended Wednesday as withdrawals from retail funds more than offset gains to institutional funds" p. C3 Previous Posts Majia's Blog: SEC Refuses to Vote for New Rules Aimed at Securing *...* Aug 24, 2012 [paraphrasing] SEC Chairman Schapiro gave legislators a report on the risks of money market funds without approval of other commissioners so the commissioners decided they would not back her vote designed to protect *...* http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/ Majia's Blog: No Net for Mo... more »

An al Qaeda-linked group reportedly fought alongside rebels who seized a Syrian missile base on Friday.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*10:59AM EDT October 12. 2012 -* BEIRUT (AP) — A shadowy jihadi group believed to be linked to al-Qaeda fought alongside rebels who seized a government missile defense base in Syria on Friday, activists said, heightening fears that extremists are taking advantage of the chaos to acquire advanced weapons. Videos posted online Friday said to have been shot inside the base said the extremist group, Jabhat al-Nusra, participated in the overnight battle for the air defense base near the village of al-Taaneh, east of Aleppo in northern Syria. The videos show dozens of fighters inside the... more »

Cyberattacks Could Become as Destructive as 9/11: Panetta

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are seeing an increase in cyber threats that could become as devastating as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks if they aren’t stopped. * “A cyber attack perpetrated by nation states or violent extremist groups could be as destructive as the terrorist attack of 9/11,” Panetta said last night. “Such a destructive cyber terrorist attack could paralyze the nation.” The Defense Department is drafting new rules that will allow the military to defend U.S. “national interests” in addition to its own computer... more »

Europe's Nobel peace prize: bad timing all round

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Is it right of the Nobel committee to award this year's peace prize to the European Union at a time when the EU is facing the gravest existential crisis of its 55-year history, and when the continent's elected leaders have repeatedly failed to resolve an economic conundrum which is largely of its own devising? No, I don't think it is.* It smacks of bad timing, just as the committee's award of the same prize to Barack Obama in 2009 – when he'd barely sat down in the Oval Office – was toe-curlingly premature. It damaged the new president's standing at home (where plenty of US voters... more »

EU summit countdown stokes tension

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Oct. 12 - Market tensions ease as Spain says Europe's bond-buying fund is ready for action, but the countdown to next week's EU summit could see tensions rise again.*

go back to sleep

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 12 hours ago
No, there's nothing on the moon, go back to sleep.

Turkey scrambles fighter plans to Syrian border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Oct. 12 - Turkey scrambles two fighter planes along the border with Syria after a Syrian military helicopter bombed a border town. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.*

Jihadists join rebels to seize Syrian air defence near Aleppo

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
If Al-Jazeera says it is a jihadist group then it probably is: Story BEIRUT—A shadowy jihadi group believed to be linked to Al Qaeda fought alongside rebels who seized a government missile defence base in Syria on Friday, activists said, heightening fears that extremists are taking advantage of the chaos to acquire advanced weapons. … A report by a correspondent with the Arabic satellite network Al-Jazeera who visited the base Friday said Jabhat al-Nusra had seized the base. The report showed a number of missiles and charred buildings, as fighters covered their faces with black cl... more »

Out Damned Spot

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Oil in new Gulf slick matches that of 2010 spill. By Steven Mufson and Joel Achenbach. The Washington Post October 10, 2012 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/oil-in-new-gulf-slick-matches-that-of-2010-spill/2012/10/10/1f2b937c-1336-11e2-be82-c3411b7680a9_story.html[Excerpted] The oil in a slick detected in the Gulf of Mexico last month matched oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill two years ago, the Coast Guard said Wednesday night, ending one mystery and creating another. “The exact source of the oil is unclear at this time but could be residual oil associated with the ... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ * the**REALnews Permalink* OCTOBER 12, 2012 *Leading US Officials Support Terrorist Listed Group with Impunity* Michael Ratner Report: Supreme Court finds Telecoms won’t be prosecuted for illegal wiretapping *Watch full multipart The Ratner Report* More at The Real News *Bio* Michael Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. He is currently a legal ... more »

Commenting on the failure of an accused to testify

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
*R. v Prokofiew* 2012 SCC 49 , released today, deals with, among other things, a judge commenting on the failure of an accused to testify. Section 4 (6) of the Canada Evidence Act provides: The failure of the person charged, or of the wife or husband of that person, to testify shall not be made the subject of comment by the judge or by counsel for the prosecution The Court points out that the words “subject to comment” really means subject to adverse comment – the Court may point out, where appropriate, that the failure to testify is not to be taken against the accused: [3] ... more »

It’s time for Jeff Zeleny to go!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012* *Fox friend steals from Goofus and Gallant:* Whatever you think of last night’s debate, it’s time for Jeff Zeleny to go. Zeleny is the timid fellow who represents the New York Times in panel discussions on Special Report. That's on the Fox News Channel. He’s also the fellow who wrote the Times’ front-page report about last night’s debate. In our view, it’s time for this hackster to go: ZELENY (10/12/12): *Biden and Ryan Quarrel Aggressively in Debate, Offering Contrasts* It was the debate that President Obama and Mitt Romney did not have a week ago. Vic... more »

Reality Show

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 13 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg Oh *who cares* whether Ryan or Biden "won" this TV spectacle? Vice presidents don't count, unless you think about Cheney, and although Romney is a sock puppet with the strong arm of the radical authoritarians making his lips move, I don't see him being led around by Ryan as another Darth Cheney. Who cares anyway? It's not as though the public has become smarter or has learned from experience. These things are only a game and never, ever does a President resemble in office what he tried to resemble on camera and the platform they sell at the convention is rarely more... more »

ADHD Drugs Prescribed to ‘All Academically Struggling’ Children

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
Dees Illustration Lisa Garber There is a frightening new trend in the medical community: prescribing psychoactive stimulant medication to children from low-income families to boost their academic performance. To be more clear, doctors are actually prescribing ADHD drugs to students who are academically struggling. Here’s the kicker: the kids don’t have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). *Evening the Scales* One proponent of the trend, Dr. Michael Anderson, says that ADHD is a “made up…excuse” for the real illness, which is a social and educational environment unwi... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 13 hours ago
*The Many Lies of BountyGate~Saints Win* *ESPN report: Vilma appeal calls for Goodell recusal based on bias* *The Jefferson Parish Politico Mafioso: A reign of uninterrupted criminal malfeasance and ‘quid pro quo’ corruption. A Whitmergate guest post Part 4 ~Slabbed* *Food trucks: ‘Let the public decide’ ~Danny Monteverde, Advocate* *Crecent City Blues and BBQ Festival *

The Cheshire Cat's Sodomization of Goober and Other Tales of Republican Woe

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 13 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari.) The late, great Hunter S. Thompson once described Vice President Joe Biden as "a rabid weasel on speed." At several times during last night's debate in Mitch McConnell land (henceforth referred to as the place where "No!" went to thrive), the good gonzo journalist arose literally from his own ashes and reminded us why his wisdom and spot-on caricatures are still so relevant and necessary. Hosted by *ABC*'s Martha Raddatz, the woman to whom Dick Cheney once said, "So?" when she'd told him 2/3's of the American people thought in... more »

Man held in mental health detention to finally get a trial — or will he?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 13 hours ago
image source Janet Phelan Charlie Castle, who has been battling to get his day in court since he was grabbed off the street by two workers from the San Bernardino mental health court over a year ago, may finally get to see a judge today. Charlie’s plight has raised disturbing questions as to the reasons for the zealousness with which he was systematically robbed of all of his rights, including his right to have a jury trial on his alleged mental health issues. Speculations have run the gamut—from rumors of enormous wealth inherited by Castle, who has been homeless for over a de... more »

IDF on guard for Iranian-Hizballah drones from Palestinian Gaza

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s threat Thursday night of more UAV’s over Israel aroused concern in the Israeli high command that Iranian drones had been smuggled into the hands of the Palestinian Hamas extremists ruling the Gaza Strip. He implied that Tehran or Hizballah might ask Hamas to release them over Israel, possibly in coordination with UAV intrusions from Lebanon. After rolling out Hizballah statistics claiming Israel had violated Lebanese airspace 20, 864 times (!), Nasrallah said in his televised speech: “This is our natural right and we will send them whenever w... more »

Austerians at the Gate

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
You could tell the fix was in just by the way Martha Raddatz phrased her question at the creepy veepy debate last night: MS. RADDATZ: Let’s talk about Medicare and entitlements. Both Medicare and Social Security are going broke and taking a larger share of the budget in the process. Will benefits for Americans under these programs have to change for the programs to survive, Mr. Ryan? Social Security is not an entitlement and it's not going broke. It has not contributed one penny to the almighty deficit. It's not part of the United States budget. But Beltway insider Martha Raddatz... more »

The EU Peace Prize

Daniel Nexon at - 13 hours ago
Erik Voeten is pleased: The Realist argument about the importance of the U.S. security umbrella is probably correct. Yet, the dire predictions regarding the future of European integration have yet to materialize. Indeed, the EU sped up its integration considerably … Continue reading →

World’s largest reinsurance firm: Climate change causing rise in weather disasters

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: Two tornadoes struck New York City on 8 September 2012. One swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger twister hit moments later. Jake Dobkin / AP] By Doyle S. Rice 10 October 2012 The number of natural disasters per year has been rising dramatically on all continents since 1980, but the trend is steepest for North America where countries have been battered by hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, searing heat and drought, a new report says. The study being released today by Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurance firm, sees climate chang... more »

LEHRER’S RERUN: Jim Lehrer, before and after!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2012* *Epilogue—By law, the gods can’t be wrong:* Did Jim Lehrer do something wrong at last week’s debate? He may have been following orders! After Lehrer was criticized for his performance, the guild did what it always will do: It rose in defense of its gods. In Politico, Dylan Byers quoted Lehrer defending his own performance. “I’ve always said this and finally I had a chance to demonstrate it,” Lehrer said. “The moderator should be seen little and heard even less.” That was Lehrer on Lehrer. In a separate report, Byers quoted Janet Brown, boss of the debat... more »

Kashmiri farmers face drought losses without government support – Spring and autumn have disappeared due to climate change – ‘We are helpless before nature’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Muhammad Saddique looks at his drought-stunted maize crop in Chakohti, in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, after the summer 2012 rains failed. ALERTNET/Roshan Din Shad] By Roshan Din Shad 10 October 2012 CHAKOTHI, Pakistan (AlertNet) – The failure of Muhammad Saddique’s maize crop following a three-month drought has left him threatened with lack of food and economic ruin. But the government of Pakistani-administered Kashmir, where Saddique lives, seems unprepared and unable to help farmers like him adapt to changing weather patterns that are linked to climate change, he ... more »

The Cheshire cat

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 14 hours ago

"The Largest Economy In The World Is Imploding Right In Front Of Our Eyes"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"The Largest Economy In The World Is Imploding Right In Front Of Our Eyes" * by The Economic Collapse "A devastating economic depression is rapidly spreading across the largest economy in the world. Unemployment is skyrocketing, money is being pulled out of the banks at an astounding rate, bad debts are everywhere and economic activity is slowing down month after month. So who am I talking about? Not the United States - the economy that I am talking about has a GDP that is more than two trillion dollars larger. It is not China either - the economy that I am talking about is more t... more »

China’s epic traffic nightmares

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Drivers check for a better view during 'Car Free Day' in Beijing. Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty Images] By Charles Riley 7 October 2012 (CNN Money) – More people live in China than any other country, and in 2010 it surpassed the United States as the largest car market on Earth. As the popularity of automobiles grows, China's infrastructure has struggled to keep pace. The result is – like anywhere else in the world – traffic jams. Yet traffic jams in China are not always brief hiccups during the evening commute. In fact, the worst jams in China, while rare, can last f... more »

Journal of Current Chinese Affairs Taiwan Issue

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*Pre-game warmups.* Some great stuff here. The Sullivan/Sapir article is really good and you should track down Sullivan's articles on Chen Shui-bian's discourse, which I keep forgetting to blog on. Sullivan loves Taiwan and is a very insightful writer and thinker. The Schubert "analysis" of the election is basically a Grand Narrative Establishment rehash (you're probably better off with mine). The European integration piece is quite balanced all things considered; I haven't had a chance to read the others. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs OPEN ACCESS Content alert: Issue 3/20... more »

Seven states, seven warning signs of global warming

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: A firefighter walks in front of burning trees during the 2011 Wallow fire in Arizona, which burned more than 538,000 acres and was the biggest in state history, 10 June 2011. According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, the damages from U.S. wildfires in 2011 exceeded $1 billion. Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press] By Dan Turner 18 September 2012 As the signs that the world is warming grow ever more unmistakable, one of the ironies of the American political debate on the topic is that leaders in the states being most heavily affected are often those least incline... more »

European Union Nobel Peace Price Award - What the public are saying

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
*NOTE: In the past 2 years Democracy has gone in reverse in Europe with several European Countries losing their full democracy status when they were downgraded to Flawed Democracy Status* Mark Dobrzanski 1:48 PM on 12/10/2012 Did I read that right? "EU" and "democracy" in the same sentence?? Awarding this prestigious award to the new (E)USSR cheapens and demeans previous DESERVED award winners. Raymond Vermont 1:16 PM on 12/10/2012 The expansion of the EU is very likely to create future military conflict not prevent it. Wilfred Lavagna 1:06 PM on 12/10/2012 The committee should ta... more »

“America's New Great Depression?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“America's New Great Depression?*" Sluggish Economic Growth, Staggering National Debt by Dr. Rossen Vassilev “The American economy is caught between the Scylla of sluggish economic growth and the Charybdis of a staggering national debt aggravated by Washington’s unyielding partisan deadlock over taxes and spending cuts. After the Great Recession of 2008, the approaching “fiscal cliff” at the end of this year threatens to cause even more economic havoc and bring about another recession which some “doom-and-gloom” economists darkly predict may turn into a new Great Depression. Th... more »

Rob Ford is making Mel Lastman look like a genius

Lilith eZine at LILITH NEWS - 14 hours ago
According to Mel Lastman, Mayor Rob Ford is making former Mayor Lastman “look like a genius.” Mel Lastman, who was Toronto’s outspoken mayor from 1998 to 2003, said Wednesday at a Brampton Bad Boy store opening that Rob Ford’s stubbornness is putting the city in jeopardy. “All I know is since I’ve left (politics), I look like a genius,” said Lastman, age 79. “I’m not a genius, obviously, but he makes me look like one. I know him, he’s stubborn and stubborn sometimes is good, but not constantly. You can’t be that stubborn and run a city.” Since taking the mayoral office ... more »

42 Reasons to Legalize Marijuana

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
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Live Tweets From Last Night's VP Debate

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 15 hours ago
Live blogging or tweeting a debate surely isn't on a par with running into burning buildings, facing armed criminals or defusing bombs in a war zone. It's not a heroic endeavor yet there's a demand for it and requires special skills such as thinking on one's feet while multitasking in a rapid-fire social networking environment such as Twitter. What follows below are some of the better dispatches launched from my laptop last night as I listened to the debate on C-Span last night. (The @ShitWillardSez parody account is mine, too.) C-Span: HBO for nerds. #VPDebate #p2 #p21 — Robert Cr... more »

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF PARIA, VENEZUELA - 12th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the GULF OF PARIA, VENEZUELA at a depth of 12.3 km (7.6 miles), the quake hit at 12:16:19 UTC Friday 12th October 2012 The epicenter was 6 km (3.7 miles) SSE of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

The most deluded comment of the year?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
"Europe got through two civil wars in the 20th century and we have established peace thanks to the European Union. So the European Union is the biggest peacemaker in history" Herman Van Rompuy after EU was awarded Nobel Peace Prize. Someone explain that at the time of both world wars there was no supranational body in Europe so these were not 'civil wars'. Also that the EU is not a country yet and whilst I have breath left in me,I will fight to ensure that the UK will not be a member of an EU superstar.

31 Days of Photo Props: Mom and Dad

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
While mom and dad my be frazzled trying to get their child ready for the perfect picture, they usually get over looked, when they might actually be the most important person in the photograph. When I worked in a portrait studio, one of our goals was to always get mom or dad in at least three of the photos. It didn't need to be their face, it could be their hands or legs, but getting them into the photos was extremely important, even if they didn't originally want to be in the pictures. Why? Because even if you don't think you want to be in the picture, most parents end up loving p... more »

Lawsuits Highlight the High Environmental Cost of Fossil Fuel Energy

By: Duane Craig Property owners in Arkansas’ Independence and Faulkner counties are up in arms over hydraulic fracturing activities they say are pumping drilling waste beneath their properties. The property owners have filed a lawsuit against Southwestern Energy Company, Chesapeake Energy Corp. and XTO Energy Inc. The plaintiffs claim the drilling companies reduce royalties paid to landowners by the amount it costs them to dispose of drilling fluids. In this case, the plaintiffs say the companies are pumping the waste below ground and that waste is migrating below neighboring prope... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Bob Mould, 52. As good as there is. And some good stuff after all: 1. John Sides, pre-debate. 2. Joseph Cera on the Veep debate and public opinion. 3 Really good Adam Serwer item on Libya, Team Obama, and "politicization." 4. And Ann Friedman continues GIFing the debates.

Op-Ed on Climate Change and Disasters in The Denver Post

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 15 hours ago
After Munich Re announced earlier this week for the eleventy-third time that it had found the elusive "footprint" of climate change is disaster loss data (it had apparently been hiding in the tail section of Amelia Earhart's long-lost plane, who knew?), I was invited by The Denver Post to write an op-ed. Here is how it starts: Over the years, the political debate over climate change has been waged on many fronts. At various times at the center of the debate, we've seen green jobs, SUVs, Al Gore and climate "deniers." The latest front in this battle is extreme weather. Earlier ... more »

EU: a Nobel Peace Prize?

LuboŇ° Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
I am left speechless by the information that the EU has won the Nobel peace prize (Reuters; Nobel prize website). After Arafat, Gore+IPCC, and Obama, among a few others, it's yet another incredible choice. The 2012 Nobel prize in literature was just fine – a Chinese writer may be official but he's still successful in the world and the success isn't due to his OK links with the Chinese communist leadership. But a Nobel prize for the EU? *Picture from Market Watch, "EU’s Peace Prize and the mockery of timing" (click at it)* It's not even clear what it means for the EU to win the ... more »

Comprehensive Survival Food List & Storage Guide

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
Rady Ananda Survival food storage practice doesn’t require Mormon membership, but the tradition, wrought from their first Utah winter, is worth emulating should disaster strike ortechnology fail, two survival books by Mat Stein. This guide, Part 2 of my survival series, relies on Stein’s books, and websites dedicated to survival preparedness. At its most basic, food storage wisdom demands that you buy what you eat, and organize and label the boxes or bins with contents and date. Stocks should be rotated based on shelf-life longevity. Using Stein’s general guide, when properly... more »

US Dollars and Soldiers Don't Have to Participate in Every War

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 hours ago
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Why Did the Lawyer Put This in My Severance Agreement?: The Cooperation Clause

Donna at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 15 hours ago
This continues my series of posts deconstructing the legal gobbeldy-goop in employment agreements. Today I'll talk about a clause I often see in severance agreements: the cooperation clause. It may look something like this: *Employee agrees to cooperate with Employer in connection with any legal matters, if so requested by the Company, including agreeing to make himself available at the Employer's request to assist with matters requiring the provision of information and/or testimony.* Yikes! My clients never like this and neither do I. And really, what good do most employers think... more »

Turkey: 2 jets to border? Austere Challenge War Games Oct/Nov 2012

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
* UPDATED BELOW-SCROLL ON DOWN!* It appears, *if this witness account is accurate*, Turkey may be acting to shore up the positions their NATO backed terrorists have taken up in Syria. If this report is correct, we know that Syria did not agree to that "buffer zone" as Turkey was claiming earlier this week. * Globe and Mail: Turkey sends two fighter planes to border after opposition town bombed in Syria* *Turkey scrambled two fighter planes to the border with Syria on Friday after a Syrian military helicopter bombed the Syrian border town of Azmarin, a Reuters witness said.* Thi... more »

Turkey Scrambles Jets To Syrian Border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
*Turkey has sent fighter planes to its border with Syria after a military helicopter bombed the Syrian town of Azmarin.* There has been intense fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces this week in Azmarin and neighbouring towns, an area strongly opposed to President Bashar al-Assad's rule. Fighting along Turkey's 560-mile border with Syria has repeatedly spilled over into Turkish territory in the past week, with the Turkish army responding in kind to gunfire and mortar shells fired from Syria. Turkey's chief of staff General Necdet Ozel said on Wednesday that his troop... more »

CBS 60 Minutes: "The Threat From Huawei" - Oct 8, 2012

leftdog at Buckdog - 16 hours ago
*The recent report by The US House Intelligence Committee concerning Huawei is causing concern in Saskatchewan in view of the $70 Million dollar contract recently signed between the Saskatchewan Party government and the Chinese company.* *60 Minutes did this feature based on the House Report. * *Someone in Premier Wall's administration should watch this. *

Elites-- A Bunch Of Stuff... And Malarkey

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
When I woke up Thursday I hoped I might have slept through the VP debate. But not even close. When I got downstairs the first thing I saw was a tweet from Bernie Sanders about how the Waltons own so much of the country. That's because no one has adopted the *DWT* Billionaire Extermination Project-- new tax rates, back to the Eisenhower years. How about anything over, say $5 million-- I'd compromise at $10 if I had to-- gets taxed at 91%. No loopholes of any kind for anyone with over $5 million net worth. And then *actual* extermination for millionaire tax cheats-- *after* a fair t... more »

Celebrities Lend Their Sarcasm For Your Right to Know About GMO Food

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
*YouTube - GoodFoodnH20* Click here to help us get this ad on the air: http://fwwat.ch/Right2KnowTVAD To learn more about Prop 37 and Food & Water Watch's campaign to make GE Labeling the Law, visit www.foodandwaterwatch.org/yeson37. "What makes you think you have the right to know?" asks Danny DeVito in a witty, ironic public service announcement by the political action committee sponsored by consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch in support of Proposition 37. California's ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods. A diverse, all-star cast joins DeVito in the "Ri... more »

Hundreds flock to public meeting to debate restart of potentially dangerous San Onofre reactor

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Image credit: Google Maps/Cryptome Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* Over 850 people turned out at the recent public meeting debating the plan to restart the highly contentious and potentially dangerous San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in Southern California which has remained offline for almost nine months. A report published earlier this year revealed that there is a distinct possibility of even disasters occurring in the future which are significantly larger than the radioactive leaks discovered earlier this year which were later reviewed by a Nuclear Regulatory Commi... more »

3 Portland activists indefinitely detained for refusing to speak at grand jury hearing

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 16 hours ago
Leah-Lynn Plante J.G. Vibes Since late July, three activists have had their lives torn apart by the police and the legal system, simply because they refused to answer any questions in a grand jury case, regarding crimes that they have absolutely no connection to. As of right now, all three are behind bars, with no clue when they will be able to get out. The most recent to be sent away was Leah-Lynn Plante, this week she repeated the same process that she just watched her room mates go through. After being summoned to speak twice and refusing to speak both times, the prosecutors ... more »

A Lost Generation

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
While the Harper government touts its record for job creation, it never mentions youth unemployment. That's because it focuses on its core constituency -- baby boomers, like me, who have retired. For the Harperites, the young don't matter. Indeed, they are a lost generation. Carol Goar, in the *Toronto Star, *invites her readers to consider the facts: • The International Labour Organization (ILO) projects no change in the job outlook for youth until 2016 at the earliest. • Statistics Canada shows temporary and contract work is increasing at a faster pace among young workers tha... more »

Bo Xilai Officially Taken Into Custody

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 hours ago
On October 11, Epoch Times exclusively reported that former party secretary of Chongqing Bo Xilai was officially taken into custody in Qincheng Prison. The report said that around 3:00 pm on October 7, General Hospital of Beijing University of Aeronautics located in Beijing Beiyuan was heavily guarded. Taken into custody by a group of Qincheng prison's police, Bo Xilai took a comprehensive physical examination. It indicated that Bo has been formally taken into custody. Its understood that General Hospital of Beijing University of Aeronautics is the cooperation hospital of Qincheng pris... more »

Chile riot police use water cannon and tear gas to disperse student protesters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 17 hours ago
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