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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, October 12, 2012

12 October - Blogs I'm Following

Left: Original photo of Jacques Steinberg. Rig...
Left: Original photo of Jacques Steinberg. Right: Photo aired on Fox News Channel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Co...
Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
10:00 am MDST

go back to sleep

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 19 minutes ago
No, there's nothing on the moon, go back to sleep.

Turkey scrambles fighter plans to Syrian border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 21 minutes 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 - 22 minutes 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 - 29 minutes 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 - 32 minutes 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 - 39 minutes 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 - 48 minutes 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 - 51 minutes 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

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 54 minutes 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 - 1 hour ago
*The Many Lies of BountyGate~Saints Win* *ESPN report: Vilma appeal calls for Goodell recusal based on bias* *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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 in 2010, F... more »

42 Reasons to Legalize Marijuana

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
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Live Tweets From Last Night's VP Debate

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 2 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 3 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 p... more »

Comprehensive Survival Food List & Storage Guide

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 sends 2 fighter planes to Syrian border- No fly zone reinforcement?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 3 hours ago
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.* This story appears to be just breaki... more »

Turkey Scrambles Jets To Syrian Border

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 3 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 - 4 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! - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 - 4 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 »

Joe Biden comes out swinging, but Paul Ryan delivers his own blows

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
In pure political terms it seemed like a draw to me: Story

Now there's more ice at South Pole than ever (So much for global warming thawing Antarctica!)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*Ice around the South Pole has expanded to cover a record area, scientists revealed yesterday – a month after saying that the North Pole had lost an unprecedented amount of its ice.* Researchers say – rather confusingly – that both occurrences are down to the ‘complex and surprising’ effects of global warming. The record Antarctic sea ice cover was revealed in satellite images from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado. At the end of the southern winter in September, ice covered 7.51million square miles of sea – more than at any time since records began in 1979. For... more »

Too good to be true, part II: U.S. weekly unemployment claims drop to 4.5 year low. . . but they may not have counted the whole of California

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*Another week, and another set of barely believable unemployment figures. * A crucial government report released today showed a dramatic drop in the number of people filing jobless claims to the lowest level since February 2008. . . but it soon emerged one major state's figures weren't added to the total. The Obama administration hailed a shock drop of 30,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, but one Labor Department official let slip that the figures may have fallen because the state, not officially named failed to turn over its figures which in turn were not added to th... more »

Amanda Diaz bites woman police officer's face in bloody assault after being pulled over

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*A crazed New York woman tore skin from a police officer’s face with her teeth after she was pulled over and arrested for swerving into oncoming traffic.* Amanda Diaz, 27, of Staten Island was driving a 1998 Nissan Maxima at about five miles per hour around 5 p.m. in Grasmere, New York last Thursday when police spotted her crossing over the center line on a two-lane road and pulled her over. When officers approached Diaz and asked for her license, she grew agitated and began swearing, according to the Staten Island Advance. The officers determined that Diaz’s license had in fact b... more »

Yongda Huang Harris flies to LA with hatchet, knives, clubs, bulletproof vest and GRENADE (but TSA only stopped because of his flame-resistant pants)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*Few will have escaped the embarrassment of an airport baggage search when a pair of tweezers of nail clippers sets of the x-ray alarm.* And woe betide those who forget about a bottle of water stashed in the bottom of their backpack. Worryingly, though, deeply more dangerous items have been passing through security with no objection, most recently a man setting down in Los Angeles from Japan. Yongda Huang Harris arrived at LAX wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants, having checked in a suitcase full of weapons. The 28-year-old was on a stopover on a trip from Japan en... more » 

Germany holds firm on Greece as IMF pressure mounts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Germany held firm on Friday in insisting it was too soon to say Greece deserved more time to meet its budget-cutting goals even as the head of the IMF laid out the case for leniency.* Greece, Spain and the euro zone's slow progress toward debt reform was center stage at International Monetary Fund meetings despite Europe's best effort to step out of the spotlight. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, sitting next to Germany's finance minister, said Athens needed more breathing space. "Given the... lack of growth, given the market pressure, given the efforts that ha... more »

Climate Hero Gwich'in Sarah James 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Published on Oct 10, 2012 by Growthbuster *Gwic'in Sarah James honored as a climate hero by the Atlas Awards in Washington on Oct. 7, 2012* Sarah James participated in Earth Week 2012, and is a native of the Gwich'in tribe from Arctic Village, Alaska. She was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2002 for her work protecting caribou calving and nursery grounds in the Arctic National Refuge from oil and gas drilling. The Atlas Awards honor climate heroes for leadership towards more caring and sustainable lives that can ultimately stabilize Earth's climate. This is a brief cli... more »

Reactions to EU Nobel Peace Price

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*FORMER GERMAN CHANCELLOR GERHARD SCHROEDER* "This is an important and right decision by the Nobel Prize Committee and a big encouragement for the people in Europe. It comes at the right time for closer togetherness in Europe and it *strengthens those powers that are pushing for closer integration in the European Union*. *More realistic Reactions * The Spectator's James Forsyth isn't a fan of the award. He writes: "It is a bizarre decision given what is going on in Europe right now. Watching the reaction of the Greek crowd to Angela Merkel on her visit there this week, it was hard... more »

OMG, A Rabid Panda?????

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago

European Union Wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize........This is No Joke!!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*The EU is praised for bringing stability and democracy to the continent at a testing time for the 27-nation bloc.........* *DEMOCRACY!!! Are they for real?* The EU has won the Nobel Peace Prize for its long-term role in uniting the continent, as the bloc faces its greatest internal crisis since it was established in the 1950s. The committee praised the 27-nation EU for rebuilding after World War II and for its role in spreading stability to former communist countries after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. The EU and its predecessors "have over six decades contributed to peace an... more »

Six Sure Signs Someone You Know Is an Islamophobe

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago

Classical physics is sometimes more indeterministic than quantum physics

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
*Norton's dome is a non-problem in quantum physics* A user at the Physics Stack Exchange asked a question about a fun system in classical physics: Norton's dome and its equation The question was why it was apparently possible for the acceleration of a marble to exceed any bound, including \(g\) itself. I answered: the dome is actually finite, truncated at some distance from the bottom. *Click the dome above for Norton's web page giving the original presentation of the problem or try this David Malament's exposition.* What's the problem? Well, the problem is that classical phys... more »

"In The Final Analysis..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"In the final analysis, our most common link is that we inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." - John F. Kennedy

Bangladesh's Toxic Tanneries

If you buy leather produced in Bangladesh, odds are it came from the these conditions. There comes a time when everyone has to make the decision as what they will accept and what they cannot accept. Then, they must decide whether they will act or ignore the situation. After you have finished viewing the videos and reading the blog, it is my sincere wish that each reader will refuse to buy Bangladeshi leather particularly Hazaribagh leather. Then, if the spirit is moved, letter, emails or phone calls to local leather shops letting them know that if they sell Bangladeshi leather, yo... more »

The Poet: David Whyte, "Sweet Darkness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Sweet Darkness"* "When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. The dark will be your womb tonight. The night will give you a horizon further than you can see. You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not brin... more »

"The Cry Of Their Mothers..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Humanity is the spirit of the Supreme Being on earth, and that humanity is standing amidst ruins, hiding its nakedness behind tattered rags, shedding tears upon hollow cheeks, and calling for its children with pitiful voice. But the children are busy singing their clan's anthem; they are busy sharpening the swords and cannot hear the cry of their mothers." - Kahlil Gibran U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman HM1 Richard Barnett, assigned to the 1st Marine Division, holds an Iraqi child in central Iraq in this March 29, 2003 file photo. Confused front line crossfire ripped apart an Iraqi... more »

“A Singular Cause of War”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“A Singular Cause of War”* By Peter Michaelson "Political scientists and other experts say there's no simple cause of war. Human nature, they say, is just another ingredient in the recipe for war, along with varying portions of racism and religion, geography and language, and economics and culture. If so, is war too complex a problem for us simple people to understand or prevent? Does war, to put it in the guilt-free passive tense, just happen? Or can war be understood in a way that enables us to take responsibility for this continuing shame upon our species? Most people cite ... more »

Hamas in their own words

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
"Hamas must declare that it was formed to eliminate the state of Israel, and that Israel is an entity that must disappear. [Hamas] should declare that its political, military, and social plan is the liberation of all the land by means of resistance" The words of Kana'an 'Obeid, an advisor to the Hamas government in Gaza, in an October 8, 2012 article in the Hamas newspaper Al-Risala. Is that clear enough for the British Foreign Office, for the BBC? Will the BBC even report these words? *Thanks to Jihad Watch for the spot.*

Compassion is...The Most Powerful Divine Emotion of a Hue'Man A Guest Post by Jyothis Chrystallis Orthonis

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
Compassion is... The Most Powerful Divine Emotion of a Hue'Man *This Articulation is being presented inspired YET AGAIN by Eva's latest Blog on Compassion... that I felt most profoundly matching / resonating with WHO I AM and what I have known and have forever wanted to speak about it... and yet at times, it is these Magical Angels we need who comes softly nudging in your heart with LOVE-PROMPTs of all invisible kinds that gets you to EXPAND upon with your own Unique Light... Grateful to you Eva...* COMPASSION - what is it NOT? ~ * is-NOT, S-Y-M-P-A-T-H-Y or PITY or offering of Sorry... more »

Is the CDC’s Mandated Vaccine Schedule a Health-Disguised Compulsory Sterilization Program? by William Davies

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
Is the CDC’s Mandated Vaccine Schedule a Health-Disguised Compulsory Sterilization Program? by William Davies Food Freedom News, 10 October 2012 Part I Wikipedia mistakenly defines Compulsory Sterilization as “Compulsory sterilization (or sterilisation), also known as forced sterilization (or sterilisation), programs are government policies which attempt to force people to undergo surgical *sterilization*. But surgery is not necessary to sterilize. During WWII, the Nazis experimented on people at Auschwitz to develop *vaccines that sterilize* at routine doctor’s appointments under... more »

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 10.12.12"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 10.12.12"* Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "The Vice Presidential debate was this week, and it was supposed to get into the real down and dirty numbers. Vice Presidents rarely make a difference in the outcome of a Presidential election, so who cares who won. I am focusing on what is not said, and both parties conveniently leave out the $85 billion a month the Fed is printing to bail out bankers and suppress interest rates. Both parties get plenty of help from the mainstream media not talking about the real issues. For example, yesterday’s USA Today ran a piece... more »

Bulk is Better

A good way to store your bulk foods. Photo courtesy: mrsdkrebs/CC BY 2.0 Once relegated to the dusty corner of the health food store, the bulk food aisle has bloomed into a viable section of many mainstream supermarkets. Bulk food has grown up! And with good reason. Buying food in bulk significantly reduces the amount of direct packaging going into landfills. And the ability to purchase from bulk bins in smaller amounts cuts down on food waste. It’s the antithesis to big box stores. Bulk goods require less overall transportation for delivery to consumers. There is much less packagi... more »

Giant 'mystery eyeball' discovered on South Florida beach

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*The discovery of an enormous eyeball on a South Florida beach begs a very pertinent question: What kind of creature did it belong to? The "mystery eyeball," as it's being referred to by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was found Wednesday by a beachcomber on Pompano Beach.* Carli Segelson, spokeswoman for the agency, said the eyeball is slightly larger than a baseball and presumably belonged to some kind of marine animal. "We're hoping to determine what kind, but at this point we just don't know," Segelson said. The eyeball is being preserved and will be d... more »

Two U.S.-bound flights return to London and Paris after suffering almost-simultaneous mid-air emergencies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Two U.S. bound planes were forced to land at Heathrow and Paris this afternoon after suffering mid-air emergencies within minutes of each other over British airspace.* A Kuwait Airways plane had to land at Heathrow Airport shortly after take-off while an Air France aircraft returned to Charles De Gaulle in Paris. It is believed the cabin of Kuwait Airways 777 filled with smoke as it approached the Irish Sea off Wales, forcing the captain to turn the plane around and land back at Heathrow. Passengers were then taken of the plane while the incident was investigated. It is thought ... more »

US defence giants poised to swoop on BAE following collapse of merger with French and German companies

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Fears were growing last night that BAE Systems could fall prey to a major US competitor.* A number of American aerospace and defence companies are believed to be running the rule over the UK defence giant, which could put British jobs at risk. It came as pressure mounted on the company's top two executives to resign after they led the group into disastrous negotiations with the European aerospace conglomerate EADS. And banks – including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley – which advised the two companies are likely to share in a £10million reward pot for their work even though the... more » 

Fight brewing over Greek austerity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Tokyo (CNN) -- A fight over the future of the Greek bailout is brewing between two key factions overseeing Europe's debt crisis, as officials publicly disagreed with the International Monetary Fund chief's call to give Athens more time to adhere to tough austerity measures. * Olli Rehn, vice president of the European Commission, told CNN on the sidelines of the IMF meetings in Tokyo, "even the IMF can be open to criticism. It is not the final word." His comments follow German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble's rebuke of IMF chief Christine Lagarde's call to give Greece two more y... more »

In Baghdad, little faith in U.S. elections

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Laith repeats my question back to me, chuckling. "What is the Iraqi media saying about the US elections?" He pauses, thinking how best to answer. "Man, the situation is so bad now, we only pay attention to staying alive." He laughs again.* An Iraqi journalist who works for several international news organizations, Laith tells me that he only narrowly escaped being killed by a car bomb the previous day. "If I had been a few minutes late for work, you wouldn't be able to talk to me." Laith chuckles again like so many people do in Baghdad, a resilient, tough, ... more »

Surprise, Surprise, Jobless Claims Slide, Import Prices Rise, Trade Gap Up...But who actually Believes it?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Weekly jobless claims fell to their lowest level in four years, while the U.S. trade deficit widened and import prices rose more than expected, according to economic numbers released Thursday.* The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to 339,000 last week, the lowest level in more than four years. The sharp drop offered a hopeful sign that the job market could pick up. The Labor Department said weekly applications fell by 30,000 to the lowest level since February 2008. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped by 11,500 to 364,000, a six-month low. ... more »

Biden contradicts State Department on Benghazi security

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Vice President Joe Biden claimed that the administration wasn't aware of requests for more security in Libya before the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi during Thursday night's debate, contradicting two State Department officials and the former head of diplomatic security in Libya. * "We weren't told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there," Biden said. In fact, two security officials who worked for the State Department in Libya at the time testified Thursday that they repeatedly requested more security and two State Department off... more »

Jamie Dack tortured to Death by 3 Men and 1 Woman for just £20

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*A man was beaten with a rounders bat for his bank card and laptop before being 'slowly tortured to death' with knives and broken bottles, dumped in a wheelie bin and set on fire, a court heard.* 'Vulnerable' Jamie Dack, 22, was lured to a squat in Southampton and beaten by three men and a woman who stole his debit card and PIN number and used them to withdraw just £20 to fund a night out. The 'cold-blooded' gang - afraid their victim would go to the police - kept him in the flat overnight where they later tortured him to death over several hours using broken glass and kitchen kniv... more »

Complete Collapse? 'EU on a Wing and a Prayer, Hoping For The Tooth Fairy'

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
11 October 2012 Almost junk - that's the grim verdict on Spain's credit rating coming from the influential agency Standard and Poor's. In the latest blow to the cash-strapped economy, S&P downgraded Madrid's debt score by two notches. For more, RT talks to Patrick Young, the executive director of investment consultancy DV advisors. Source: The Telegraph UK

Incredible Edible Todmorden

© Incredible Edible Todmorden What I want to know is: When I can I move? Imagine having fresh, unadulterated fruits and vegetables growing all around town. Not to mention, the wholesome country eggs being produced there. Good, nourishing, natural food is the best defense against disease and illness. *Way to go, Todmorden! * The Incredible Edible town called Todmorden in the north of England is a model for sustainable living based on the local food movement. TreeHugger has posted about Edible Incredible before but this blog promotes Todmorden's Egg Map, as well as their Green Route ... more »

NHL and NHLPA in labour relations face off: no penalties for Alberta employers caught offside

david at Alberta Diary - 8 hours ago
Members of the NHLPA wait around for their Sui Generis Alberta employers to obey the law. Alberta hockey players may not appear exactly as illustrated – for one thing, they wouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the stove. Since the regular season of the National Hockey League was supposed to start yesterday, but won’t be starting ... more »

EU insurers strip cover from ships storing Iran oil

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Two European insurers have withdrawn cover for tankers involved in the Iranian oil trade, the first such move since tough new sanctions were imposed in July, documents obtained by Reuters show.* The tankers, operated by Hong Kong's Titan Petrochemicals Group Ltd, were used to store Iranian oil for top oil trader Vitol and little known shipping firm Glammarine, Reuters reported previously. While the European Union sanctions bar Western-based insurers from covering tankers that carry, rather than store, Iranian oil, the documents show the insurers were not prepared to ri... more »

Shark Attacks Woman in Delta

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
* Ughelli — A 38-year-old woman, identified as Mrs. Torugbene-Ere Aboh, escaped death by the whiskers, following a violent attack on her by a shark at Forcados River in Oboro Community, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.* Vanguard gathered that the woman, a mother of five, who was taking her bath in the overflowing river, had gone for a three-day fasting programme in a church in the community, when she was attacked by the shark in the river. Narrating her ordeal, Mrs Aboh, said: "Shortly after I started bathing, I felt a sharp cut on my right leg and I screamed for help. ... more »

California reports second case of plague in an animal in a week

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*A chipmunk found at the Lake Tahoe Basin United States Forest Service (USFS) Taylor Creek Visitor Center has tested presumptively positive for the bacterium, Yersinia pestis, the agent of plague, according to an El Dorado County Department of Environmental Health press release Oct. 10.* This is the second reported case of plague in a small animal in California in a week. Last week, the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health reported a positive case in a ground squirrel collected at the Fern Basin campground in the San Jacinto Mountains. The campground is north of Idyl... more »

14 killed, 1500 fishermen missing in Bangladesh storm

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*DHAKA: At least 14 people were killed and an estimated 1,500 fishermen are missing after tropical storms smashed into Bangladesh's southern coastal islands and districts early on Thursday, police said.* Police said at least 1,500 mud, tin and straw-built houses were also levelled in the storms that swept Bhola, Hatiya and Sandwip islands and half a dozen coastal districts after Wednesday midnight. At the worst-hit island of Hatiya, at least five people were killed after they were buried under their houses or hit by fallen trees, said local police chief Moktar Hossain. More than 1,... more »

Measles outbreak kills 10 in less than a month in Kuando Kubango, Angola

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Menongue - Ten people died of a measles outbreak from 17 September to the present date, in Menongue City, capital of the south-eastern Kuando Kubango Province, a fact that is worrying the local health authorities.* ANGOP has learnt that most of the deceased are children below the age of two, but there is also the record of a 35-year old adult. According to the head of the Menongue Municipality health department, Carlos Jonas, who gave this information to ANGOP on Thursday, in view of this worrying reality, which includes the fact that this disease is highly contagious, the author... more »

West Bank cash crisis as donors fail to pay

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*The Palestinian Authority, facing a major cash crisis, has warned 150,000 employees it does not know when they will receive their September salaries. * The crunch has been caused largely by the failure of international donors to make good on aid pledges. Nour Odeh, a spokeswoman for the Palestinian Authority government, told The Independent that international donors had provided only 40 per cent of aid pledged for 2012. About half of the Palestinians' $2.54bn (£1.58bn) annual budget comes from donors. "The President and the Prime Minister have repeatedly urged all donors and friend... more »

Nigeria crackdown risks playing into Islamists' hands

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*(Reuters) - A military crackdown across Nigeria has hobbled Boko Haram for now, but as the army campaign intensifies it is likely to fan popular anger in the impoverished north that could ultimately make the Islamist sect's 3-year-old rebellion stronger. * The group, which wants to carve an Islamic state out of Nigeria, remains the top security threat to Africa's leading oil producer, and Western powers are worried about its growing links to more fiercely anti-Western jihadist groups in the region. At least 2,800 people have died in fighting since the insurrection began, Human Rig... more »

China evictions increase, leading to more unrest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*12:54AM EST October 12. 2012 - BEIJING – China says it has worked hard to overhaul its judicial system in ways that better protect human rights, but one of the country's most widespread abuses is increasing and is a leading cause of unrest.* The forced eviction of residents from their homes and farmland has quickened over the past three years, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report issued Thursday. Evictions make up the leading cause of protests here, especially in the countryside. Homeowners have been risking violence and jail to prevent their ouster and prote... more »

France 'uncovers biggest bomb plot in years'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*Prosecutors in France have said an alleged Islamist terror cell was planning the biggest bomb attack on France since the mid-1990s.* Police arrested 12 people in raids at the weekend, during which one suspect was killed as he fired on officers. Five of the detainees have since been released but seven remain in custody, on suspicion of terrorist activity. Bomb-making materials were found during the raids, which followed an attack on a Jewish shop last month. Two suspects are also suspected of involvement in a network for Islamists waging jihad abroad, Paris prosecutor Francois Mol... more »

FSA's Turner says economy may need more radical steps

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Britain must be ready to adopt more unconventional measures so that debt cutting and the euro zone crisis don't crimp economic growth for years, Financial Services Authority Chairman Adair Turner said.* Turner, who has applied to be the next governor of the Bank of England from July 2013, strayed beyond his remit in a speech to financial leaders to show his willingness to embrace radical thinking to boost the recession-hit economy. Policymakers face a tough trade-off between forcing banks to be better capitalised and ensuring the economy has enough credit. But this job... more »

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 12th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 34.9 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 04:57:21 UTC Friday 12th October 2012 The epicenter was 10 km (6.2 miles) Northwest of Yokaichiba, Japan No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time 

Please watch this video Ed Balls. Ed Miliband, Stephanie Flanders and anyone else in the Labour/BBC cabal who believe that raising taxes is the answer to raising tax revenue

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
The Laffer Curve explained so even an idiot could understand it. Now the two Eds are alledly highly intelligent men, despite much evidence to the contrary. Whilst Stephanie Flanders is supposedly a highly intelligent woman, albeit historically in two cases with terrible taste in boyfriends. So please try and grasp what is in this video. Oh and where do you think the 'hump on the Laffer curve is?

Slow Human Brain Development Differs From Chimps

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is really unexpected and also unusual. It is is a huge difference and it clearly allows the brain to develop exceptional complexity in its youth and adolescence. That this would be markedly different tells us that it is very important. Thus we receive guidance that human development needs to be properly exploited as part of general education. A wide range of mental exercises need to be taught and practiced under supervision by the educational establishment. Until now, all this has been haphazard. We need to do much better than that. At present, the best and brighte... more »

Major Progress on Age Related Muscle Wastage

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
We seem to have a real lead here for tackling the problem of age related muscle loss. It appears to be related to the switching from dormancy to active for the stem cells involved. It also looks like that creative therapies are plausible and may become available fairly quickly. More importantly, this knowledge will promote a deep search among alternative health types to locate a natural activator that is presently overlooked. I suspect that this could be discovered. At least we now have a clear starting point and this should result in corrective therapies in several y... more »

Heaven is Real

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
This is a particularly excellent example of lucid dreaming. If you have never experienced this, you will find it difficult to credit the effect. It is seriously different from simple dreaming. I have personally experienced the effect once during a rare afternoon nap. My experience was brief and different from this. Meditation attempts to guide you into this state with the master acting as your guide. However, reports from those unguided by a known master such as this doctor show the appearance of a guide anyway. In my own case a guide stepped up who I did not prop... more »

Three Recent Yeti Reports From Siberia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 9 hours ago
Thanks to the internet, this type of information is no0 longer lost and unsurprisingly, people are now becoming braver in making their reports. Also I think the steady drop off in human hunting generally is allowing a generation of these creatures to become less wary of us and more inclined to encroach. It is not yet at the point of a interactive comfortable relationship in which communication becomes possible but I suspect the trend is there. Somehow I suspect that a Sasquatch walking into a campsite would still empty the site. It would take the right person to stand... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
*Elizabeth Taylor, reportedly a CIA mind control victim, 'slept with Reagan and Kennedy.'* Ronald Reagan and John F Kennedy slept with Elizabeth Taylor, according to a new book *Elizabeth Taylor: There is Nothing Like a Dame* by Danforth Prince and Darwin Potter Reagan, who was reportedly bisexual, slept with Elizabeth Taylor when she was aged 15. Kennedy reportedly enjoyed a threesome with Elizabeth Taylor and actor Robert Stack. Taylor reportedly had sex with Peter Lawford, Errol Flynn, Tony Curtis, Paul Newman and Frank Sinatra, among others. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowb... more »

Joe Biden Stomped All Over Eddie Munster's Ass -- But Obama Will Have To Do Something Similar

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 10 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe It seems a picture of split verdicts on the vice presidential debate, held Thursday night. I suppose there are enough people living in alternative universes to make that so. I watched every word, and it looked to me like legendary badass Joe Biden drew blood at least five times for every one time for "Ayn." Of course, I'm prejudiced, but I was a bit concerned about Obama's performance at the first of the presidential debates. Obama is going to have to win the second and third encounters with Scumney. He turned in a dry, professorial performance in their first debat... more »

Veep Wrap

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
My take on the Biden/Ryan showdown is up over at Plum Line. Basically, I predicted that reactions would be mostly determined by whether people like Joe Biden or not; he dominated that much. I'll just add a few random points here... 1. I strongly suspect that Ryan will come off worse on the transcript than he did live on TV. We'll see, but that's my guess. 2. It remains amazing the extent to which Republicans, despite having a perfectly fine real target, are running against a fictional Obama. There was a bit of the real target tonight; Ryan had a riff he repeated at least once about... more »

An Attack on Iran Will Legitimize The Islamic Republic

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 11 hours ago
In the American Vice Presidential debate on Thursday, Paul Ryan repeatedly made the point that President Obama's foreign policy was "unraveling." But Ryan didn't elaborate on how Obama's foreign policy was falling apart other than point to an isolated terrorist incident against the American ambassador in Libya on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 events. When Iran was brought up, Ryan criticized Obama's approach to that country, saying that the administration's sanctions are not tough enough, but, again, he didn't explain how tougher they could get. He also implied, quite ... more »

asteroid 2012 TC4 (56 feet wide) Comes Closer to Earth Than the Moon Friday

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
*A new found asteroid the size of a house will fly closer to Earth than the moon on Friday (Oct. 12), but poses no danger of impacting our planet, NASA says.* The space rock, called asteroid 2012 TC4, is about 56 feet wide (17 meters) and will come within 59,000 miles (95,000 kilometers) of Earth at its closest point when it zips harmlessly by on Friday. That's about one-fourth the distance to the moon. But you don't have to wait to see live views of the interloping space rock: There are two live webcasts of the asteroid today (Oct. 11). The Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh Spa... more »

US Drone Strike Kills 18 in Pakistan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 11 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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! - 12 hours 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 » 

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours 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 » 

HuffPo’s 11 Myths About the Fed, Refuted

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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

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 - 13 hours 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 »

The Most Bizarre Performance in Vice Presidential History: Ryan Wins

MrArbitrage at Table Of Wisdom.com - 13 hours ago
31 minutes into the debate and one thing is clear - Joe Biden’s behavior will appeal to the obnoxious who are already in his corner – but any decent person watching the circus environment of his creation - will recognize the absolutely sophomoric behavior for what it is. Biden had his first strike against himself when he walked out on the stage with his face pulled so tight you could bounce a quarter off of it. At first I asked my wife what Barbara Walters was doing on the stage. Biden’s non-stop, fake laughter was bizarre and painful to watch. He is a caricature of a used car s... more »

"Mad People..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 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 - 13 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 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! - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 »
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