*The "Responsibility to Protect" principle is complete bullshit. *
"Draw up any scenario you please: the Kurds are available. Lacking a state
of their own, the Kurds thrive when all the existing states are in
turmoil." - Robert D. Kaplan, *"Sons of Devils,"* The Atlantic, November
"The Kurds have understood Reagan's words well, when he said that Kurdistan
is a matchbox, that might at any moment act in its own aims and interests."
- Ishkhan Miroev, *"The Kurds won't sacrifice themselves to the West,"*Pravda, March 27, 2012. .
"The Kurds will not be anybody's army. W... more »
There are no sure shots in electoral politics. Anything can happen. But
right now, we're looking at all the Blue America House races and we think
the closest we have to sure shots for our candidates are Beto O'Rourke (TX)
and Alan Grayson (FL). Alan Lowenthal (CA) seems pretty solid and Carol
Shea-Porter appears to be in good shape as well. It looks like New
Hampshire voters snapped out of it and realize what a dreadful mistake they
made in 2010. The state legislature is likely to flip back to Democratic
control and things like good for both Ann Kuster and Carol. Although a poll
f... more »
Nobel Prize is the most prestigious honor which one may be awarded in his
lifetime. The legacy of Alfred Nobel is so matchless and incomparable that
more than one century after the first Nobel Prize was awarded, it is still
the most exalted and esteemed
prize that can be conferred to people who work for the promotion and
advancement of sciences and global peace.
Many people live their entire life with the dream of winning a Nobel Prize,
without revealing this sealed aspiration to anyone. Chemists, physicists,
medics, economists, authors, poets and act... more »
I spent the day trolling around the internet, and especially into real
truth seeker sites, especially those who I consider close friends of
mine...It has always been important for all of us to share any important
information so that EVERYONE gets the messages!
One article really caught my eye, and I wanted to share it here with my own
readers. It comes from my friend, John Friend, who writes the fabulous
blog: John Friend's Blog, at www.johnfriendsblog.blogspot.com. It is
entitled: "America, It's Time To Take A Stand!", and it contains a very
interesting and very important video ... more »
In all my years in the false education system including University and
College, I was led to believe much like almost everyone else, that Albert
Einstein was the "Greatest" scientist that the world has ever known. We
all have been brainwashed over the years with the firm belief that Albert
Einstein gave us the great gifts of his "Theory Of Relativity", and of
course his "E = M x C squared" computation for conversion of matter into
But after years of research, I can tell everyone that Albert Einstein was a
fraud. The man was a Patent clerk that stole most of his so calle... more »
“Spiky stars and spooky shapes abound in this deep cosmic skyscape. Its
well-composed field of view covers about 2 Full Moons on the sky toward the
constellation Pegasus. Of course the brighter stars show diffraction
spikes, the commonly seen effect of internal supports in reflecting
telescopes, and lie well within our own Milky Way galaxy.
*Click image for larger size.*
The faint but pervasive clouds of interstellar dust ride above the
galactic plane and dimly reflect the Milky Way's combined starlight. Known
as high latitude cirrus or integrated flux nebulae they are associate... more »
More government central planning, more wastes and inefficiencies. This is
once more exhibited in the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) or Pantawid
Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) program of the government.
My economist friend from UP, Jhiedon Florentino, rode a taxi and engaged
the taxi driver to a fruitful conversation. Well, it’s more of probing the
mind of one of the average persons in this country on what they think of
certain government policies like the CCT. Jhie is down to earth enough to
listen to the man’s frank ideas and witty remarks. Then he posted their
conversation in... more »
*“Project Cloverleaf: *
*Ex-Government Employee Talks About Chemtrails”*
by Michael Vincent Anthony
"The chemtrail program is also known as “Project Cloverleaf”, and it is
very compartmentalized. Even the pilots themselves have no real idea of why
they are actually spraying. Chemtrails are a sub-program of the US Navy’s
Radio Frequency Mission Planner (RFMP) program called the Variable Terrain
Radio Parabolic Equation (VTRPE) – a system for creating 3D battlefield
imaging that the US military has been using in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some
of the chemtrail contents are biological ... more »
- The figures reveal that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012
there was no discernible rise in aggregate global temperatures
- This means that the ‘pause’ in global warming has now lasted for about
the same time as the previous period when temperatures rose, 1980 to 1996
The world stopped getting warmer almost 16 years ago, according to new data
released last week.
The figures, which have triggered debate among climate scientists, reveal
that from the beginning of 1997 until August 2012, there was no discernible
rise in aggregate global temperatur... more »
by Chet Raymo
“Perhaps the greatest problem facing the world today is the disparity of
power between rich and poor. Technology (satellite television, the
internet, easy international travel) keeps the disparity at front of mind
for the oppressed. They turn first of all to religion as an anodyne. After
all, what is more empowering than to have God on one's side, and what is
more consoling than the promise of paradise while the oppressor burns in
hell. There is no shortage of mullahs, preachers, and gurus with agendas of
their own ready to whip believers into ... more »
*"Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate and Control?" *
by Bruce E. Levine
"What a fascinating thing! Total control of a living organism!"
- psychologist B.F. Skinner
"The corporatization of society requires a population that accepts control
by authorities, and so when psychologists and psychiatrists began providing
techniques that could control people, the corporatocracy embraced mental
health professionals. In psychologist B.F. Skinner’s best-selling book
"Beyond Freedom and Dignity" (1971), he argued that freedom and dignity
are illusions that hinder the science of ... more »
(Photo by John Carroll)
*Sorry, my dear, but we just didn’t care. You probably realize that now. *
You appeared with a tense, distended, and painful abdomen. For four days
you hadn’t been able to relieve yourself nor even sleep due to horrible
visceral pain that distended lumens cause. *
*We poked and prodded your midsection as you winced. And we used those big
words as we concluded that y*ou had a bowel obstruction. *
Your eyes searched our eyes. You looked but we couldn’t. *
**And our hands and minds could not be pushed into action for you.
My dear, you know why you got into t... more »
*I'll give you the samples I tested*:
**"State says chemist at drug lab imperiled evidence" by Milton J. Valencia
| Globe Staff, August 30, 2012*
A chemist at a state drug-testing laboratory is accused of circumventing
standard procedures in the handling of drug evidence, lapses that could
jeopardize thousands of drug prosecutions and convictions in Massachusetts
over the past several years, the head of the State Police said Thursday.
State Police Colonel Timothy P. Alben said the Hinton State Laboratory
Institute in Jamaica Plain, which had conducted about half of the state’s
d... more »
*You know the old saying, "Shameless is as shameless does." Okay, maybe
it's not an old saying, and maybe I'm not even sure what it would mean if
it were. But somehow it seems pertinent to Chuck Lorre's collection of his
celebrated end-of-show vanity cards -- with, he promises, some new material
So here I was just this week bragging about how I was on top of my
new-season televiewing. It shouldn't be that tough, really, since it's
pretty much all old and returning shows. (I'm casting a wary eye on CBS's *
Partners*, though I missed the pilot, and the show is appare... more »
Granted this is one guy with a hideously racist tshirt at one Romney rally
and the campaign quietly denounced the shirt, but it's not as if Team
Romney hasn't been encouraging this sort of thing right along. Blow that
dog whistle at the decibel level of an air raid siren and all the vicious
dogs come out.
This is not at all an isolated incident. There's been hundreds of
instances of this sort all over the country. And then there's the countless
local Republican politicians and operatives "accidentally" sending racist
emails and making racist "jokes" (and they're very sorry if anyo... more »
*What Miles Doesn't Know*
*By Terrance Nelson, First Nation Roseau River Ojibwe*
*October 13th 2012*
Terrance Nelson refers to: *Miles Morrisseau: If all Canadians are free to
visit Iran, why not Terry Nelson*
Why does the Jewish media put Terrance Nelson on the front page of the
Winnipeg Sun? Miles Morrisseau doesn't know. What a lot of First Nation... more »
Much of Spain was ruled by Muslim conquerors from 711 and 1492, and
Salafists believe that the territories the Muslims lost during the Spanish
still belong to them, and that they have a right to return and establish
their rule there.
More here -
Overall the rate of teen suicide has dropped over time and fairly
significantly. But since teenage boys commit suicide at a far greater rate
than girls a significant drop in boys killing themselves swamps a
statistically significant increase in girls killing themselves. None of
this is to trivialize any suicide but rather to note the problem is complex
and what works for one group may not work for another. The rate, for
example, is much higher in some groups and some regions than others.
Overall for all ages and subgroups the rate seems fairly constant in Canada
around 11 in 1... more »
*I'm curious. What's the point of stopping them? Addicts who can't find one
source will find another. Why stop fools from self-destructing, an nearly
impossible task, when there are plenty of violent crimes and safety issues
(not to mention political ones) that desperately need policing?*
*Favourite line in article: "Jerald James, chief of the Emergency Medical
Service (EMS), who is responsible for Gaglio's punishment, said in defense
of the charges, 'We can't have an employee who feels that they have a right
to give away state property without getting prior approval.'"** Favourite
fact in article:** The department didn't pay for the blanket. It had been
The same country that has savagely murdered thousands of Kurds, bombed
innocent civilians in its villages, and *locked up journalists* who
criticized the government's policies is calling for UN intervention in its
neighbouring country for "humanitarian" aims. What a joke.
Turkey is not a moral leader. It has no right to speak about freedom and
democracy, and the need to protect civilians from state power. Turkish
Prime Minister Erdogan should first fix his country's problems before
lecturing Assad about good governance.
I don't like either men, but at least Assad is not arrogant eno... more »
Once upon a time in a world not long ago ..a succession of countries held
sway over the planet. A great war ensued and two countries were left
standing. The two countries remained in contention for nearly half a
century. Then one let it’s infrastructure decay and economy falter while
pouring it’s national treasure into the military. They became stuck in an
unending war in Afghanistan. The other country watched in amazement while
their former adversary became weaker and weaker and then totally
disintegrated. Amazement gave way to arrogance. Arrogance gave way to
recklessness and th... more »
*"Facts, Not Theories: P. T. Barnum"*
By Herb Reich
"We all have our cherished theories about everything from famous quips to
favorite cures, not to mention history. But the facts tell a different
story. Did showman P. T. Barnum really say, “There’s a sucker born every
No, he didn’t. Here’s how we fell for this misconception, according to the
Barnum Museum: In 1868, a man named George Hull, of Binghamton, New York,
arranged for a slab of gypsum to be carved in the shape of a huge human
being, then had it treated to resemble an ossified corpse and buried it on
a far... more »
Who will be doing the peacekeeping? And will they be keeping the peace?
I guess it depends on the choice of peacekeepers?
I would think the UN envoy MUST consider peacekeepers that the Syrians
would agree to having present.
As far as I can see there are only a few stories covering this news at this
Telegraph: UN peace envoy draws up plan for 3,000 strong peacekeeping force
Lakhdar Brahimi, the veteran Algerian diplomat who took over as joint
United Nations and Arab League peace envoy last month, has spent recent
weeks quietly sounding out which cou... more »
BP’s Explanation Is Incorrect
Now that the new oil “sheen” has been confirmed by the government as coming
from BP’s crippled Macondo well, BP’s fallback position is that the new
sheen is just oil leaking from the wreckage of the drilling rig lying on
the bottom of the ocean.
As Bloomberg reports:
“The exact source of the sheen is uncertain at this time, but could be
residual oil associated with wreckage and/or debris left on the seabed from
the Deepwater Horizon incident,” according to the statement.
“The most likely source is the bent riser pipe that once... more »
Preparing for a class this week I was researching the many cases involving
freedom of religion and speech arising from persecution of Jehovah's
Witnesses and came across this passage from West Virginia State Board of
Education v. Barnette, 319 US 624:
The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from
the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach
of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be
applied by the courts. One's right to life, liberty, and property, to free
speech, a free press, freedom of wor... more »
Coalition large de l'Association pour une solidarité syndicale
étuduantes (CLASSE) is a vibrant and inspiring non-hierarchical student
activist collective that, more than any other group, catalyzed and ran
the revolutionary "Maple Spring" ("Printemps érable") which recently
shook Québec society and its political elites. It is the largest student
union in Québec. This year, it engineered the
*"What Samurai Philosophy Can Teach You About Modern Life"*
by The Daily Mind
“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a
sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But
doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet.
When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though
you still get the same soaking.” – from the Hagakure, a famous Samurai
I love Samurai. Ever since I was little I have been fascinated with their
way of life and how they mixed the Zen Buddhist teachi... more »
“Now there’s more ice at South Pole than ever,” headlines the Daily Mail.
“(So much for global warming thawing Antarctica!)”
Yes, that last part about global warming is also part of the headline.
“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.”
September 26, 2012, when ice covered more of the Southern Ocean than at any
other time in the satellite record.
At the end of the southern winter in September, ice covered 7.51 million
square m... more »
The pesticide industry has poured millions of dollars into a barrage of
false and misleading advertising and is trying to turn public opinion
around on Prop 37, the right to know what's in our food. Before they
starting their big chemically-financed campaign Prop 37 was winning BIG.
Now it's much closer. A poll from Pepperdine shows the race narrowing.
Amazingly people watch an ad paid for by a bunch of wealthy toxic polluters
threatening their children's health and lives and they think, "yeah, we
don't need to know what's in the food we eat. That makes sense."
Gary Ruskin, Yes o... more »
I really enjoy learning about the origins of words and expressions. (I
included this in our last list.) Several words now part of ordinary
vocabulary started out as proper names.
In 1880, a group of Irish tenant farmers organized a labour ostracism
against the agent of an abusive absentee landlord. The agent's name was
Charles Ponzi was a con artist who promised investors they would double
their money in 90 days.
In the film "La Dolce Vita," directed by Federico Fellini, an intrusive
photographer is named Paparazzo.
Thomas Bowdler was a crusading editor who publ... more »
*“The Illusion of Transparency”*
Other people can't read your mental state as well as you think.
"Most people hate public speaking. The very idea starts the palms sweating
and the stomach churning. It makes sense: with everyone's eyes on you, the
potential for embarrassment is huge. Crowds, we are told, can sense our
nerves. Or can they? We may feel terribly nervous here on the inside, but
what can other people read from our facial expressions, speech patterns and
general demeanour? When this is tested experimentally we find an
In one study in whic... more »
The following letter to Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president,
was shared with us by Justine McCabe and Joel Kovel, two of its authors.
The other signatories, also associated with the Green Party, are Lenni
Brenner, Stan Heller and David Schwartzman. Links to documents appear at
the end of the letter.
We publish the letter below in response to Green Party Presidential
candidate Jill Stein’s latest press release (10/8) on the
Israel-Palestinian conflict, issued on the occasion of the recent Russell
Tribunal on Palestine in NYC. We gladly acknowle... more »
*“Combating Emotional Vampires”*
by Dr. Judith Orloff
“The following is an excerpt from the "Combating Emotional Vampires"
on-line course. If you would like to take the entire course, click here.
Relationships are always an energy exchange. To stay feeling our best, we
must ask ourselves: Who gives us energy? Who saps it? It's important to be
surrounded by supportive, heart-centered people who make us feel safe and
secure. It's equally important to pinpoint the emotional vampires, who,
whether they intend to or not, leech our energy.
To protect your sensitivity, it's imperative ... more »
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 18:44:12 UTC
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:44:12 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
17.4 km (10.8 miles)
5 km (3 miles) WNW of Belokany, Azerbaijan
This is often the first thing either Mrs. JP or I see in the morning. It's
not so much a "good morning" as it is a, "Good morning, where the fuck is
my Friskies?" And yet, despite giving him three, count 'em, *three* sources
of clean spring water throughout the house, our sophisticated feline will
be caught doing this
if we leave the seat up.
Sophisticated and urbane animals, my ass.
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 17:59:07 UTC
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10:29:07 PM at epicenter
Depth 202.9 km (126.1 miles)
Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Distance 34 km (21 miles) SE of Jarm, Afghanistan
Walmart workers have been trying to reason with their employer and get
better working conditions for many, many years. Walmart doesn't ignore
their pleas and demands: it punishes them. Retaliation against workers who
stand up for better conditions, although illegal, is commonplace.
Workers who have joined OUR Walmart - Organization United for Respect at
Walmart - aren't asking for some cushy new deal. They just want the basics:
things like advanced scheduling, full-time work for people who want it, a
living wage, and an end to forced unpaid labour. (Yes, it's pre-1865 in the
Republ... more »
* *William Koch, Billionaire Koch Brother, Accused Of Imprisoning Executive*
Posted: 10/13/2012 9:39 am EDT
Billionaire William Koch is facing a lawsuit in federal court from a former
top-level employee who claims the energy mogul lured him to a secluded
property, where he was imprisoned and interrogated for a period of time,
according to a report in Courthouse News.
John Houston Scott, an attorney for Kirby Martenson, a former executive for
a number of Koch subsidiaries, confirmed ... more »
This week, I'll go with the affirmative action SCOTUS case.
As far as what didn't matter? The events in Libya mattered, but I don't
really expect the "scandal" aspect of it to matter at all.
But what do you have? What do you think mattered this week?
*''The Ambassador Stevens himself was en route to Benghazi as part of a
U.S. operation on behalf of U.S. oil companies, for secretive meetings
there to muscle in on Benghazi given that it had become apparent that the
split with Tripoli was fully underway. *
The Vice Presidential Debate: Joe Biden Was Right to Laugh
POSTED: *October 12, 10:45 AM ET*
Joe Biden at the vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky.
Alex Wong/Getty Images
I've never thought much of Joe Biden. But man, did he get it right in
night's debate, and not just because he walloped sniveling little Paul
on the facts. What he got absolutely right, despite what you mi... more »
[image: A family in Sindh province, Pakistan watches floodwaters, 12
October 2012. With nearly five million Pakistanis hit by floods that have
already claimed some 400 lives, ruined tens of thousands of houses and vast
swathes of crops, and left hundreds of thousands living in camps or simply
under tarpaulins, the United Nations today appealed for more donations to
bolster relief efforts. Abdul Majeed Goraya / IRIN]
12 October 2012 (United Nations) – With nearly five million Pakistanis hit
by floods that have already claimed some 400 lives, ruined tens of
thousands of houses and v... more »
The freedom to build a bus walkway
Blog posts on Honduras can gets a little gloomy.
OK, a lot gloomy.
But there are always upsides. When there are no rules, for example, people
can enjoy a certain crazy freedom unknown in a place like Victoria, where
opening hot dog cart turns into a regulatory ordeal.
The view from the highway La Prensa
People like Manuel de Jesús Cardoza, who has built a sprawling, four-story
building out of old school buses and other scrap. (La Prensa wrote about
Cardoza, who says he’s an engineer with a degree from the “university of
the streets,” has ... more »
While the FDA claims you can have as much as 12 ounces a week of light tuna
and up to 6 ounces of albacore, test results from the Mercury Policy
Project (MPP) say these amounts are much too high. Mercury exposure through
tuna, the MPP reports, is higher than ever, and kids especially should only
be eating the fish on an occasional or even rare basis.
*Mercury in Tuna – An Ongoing Issue *
According to Medical News Today, the Mercury Policy Project has suggested
children under 55 pounds should only have light tuna once per month and
should never have albacore tu... more »
New GMO Wheat May 'Silence' Vital Human Genes By Elliott Freeman, Digital
Journal 11 October 12
[Excerpted] Australian scientists are expressing grave concerns over a new
type of genetically engineered wheat that may cause major health problems
for people that consume it.
University of Canterbury Professor Jack Heinemann announced the results of
his genetic research into the wheat, a type developed by Australia's
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)... more »
Dan and Sheila Gendron, *Contributors*
Twenty five or so years ago, when we were wading through heaps of hard-copy
books on religions, aliens, secret societies and such, there were precious
few others who understood – let alone would bother to research – what was
going on and where we as a society/culture were going. Basically, people we
could talk with about this were few and far between.
In the past 10 to 15 years, we noticed that the number of people who “get
it” began to explode exponentially. This seemed to be the first wave of
people who figured out that life as we had be... more »
[image: Nero Fiddles while Rome Burns]
By Robin Mathews
The Council of Canadians – whatever else it may be – is a living and
breathing declaration of the failure of the parliamentary system in
and, especially, the failure of Canadian political parties in that
Let us say at the beginn... more »
October 13, 2012 p. A6 by P. Dvorak and R. Smith
"In a stunning reversal, the operator of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power
plant said it knowingly implemented some safety measures for the nuclear
plant out of fear of spurring lawsuits, protests, or the closure of the
Majia here: While that may be true, this headline is aimed at persuading
publics around the world that nuclear energy is STILL safe. IT IS NOT.
This story will probably echo across the international mainstream media
because it is a PLANT designed to persuade people that the nuclear plant in
their region will no... more »
The *NY Times* editors liked the vice presidential debate not despite
in part, *because* they found "Ryan's nonanswers were accurate
of his campaign." They found the debate "both enlightening and
entertaining" because Biden "would not sit still for a parade of
misleadingand often blatantly untruthful descriptions of the state of
the economy and
the Republican prescriptions for it. Though his grins and head-shakes
often distracting, he did not hesitate to interrupt and demand an end to
'malarkey'.” What a delightful way to inform its readers-- at long
wh... more »
It has been suggested that a find of a weather balloon sometime prior to
July 5, 1947, is similar to that made in Roswell a few days later. A story,
headlined, “Flying Disc Believed Found on Pickaway [Ohio] Farm,” published
on July 5, 1947, in the *Circleville Herald*, is similar to that published
on July 8 by many newspapers around the county including the *Roswell Daily
Record*. It is believed that this is, in a similar sense, the Roswell story
and how the same explanation can be applied in Roswell that was applied in
That short article in the Ohio newspaper and later picke... more »
Political colors in regional politics are fortunately not as important as
they are in the national and international politics.
In the regions, the governors are ultimately doing almost the same things
and they have to succeed with predetermined resources, and so on. Personal
preferences and abilities of individual politicians/managers are arguably
However, these may be just words I designed to reduce my immense
dissatisfaction with the regional elections in Czechia that took over
yesterday and today.
Modern Czechia is divided to 14 regions. You see that Prague ... more »
When asked by a skeptical friend why you buy organic, do you find yourself
tongue-tied? Was it obesity? Or thyroid problems? Why should you buy
organic? There are numerous reasons to skip the mainstream supermarket food
and shop at an organic grocer, but just one of those reasons revolves
around the effects of pesticides.
Unfortunately, pesticides attack your body on several fronts. Keep this
list handy the next time you find yourself wondering if you should buy a
carton of conventional strawberries rather than organic to potentially save
a few pennies. Remember th... more »
Click image to enlarge / credit:Independent Brandon Turbeville
Early in 2012, I wrote an article regarding India’s implementation of the
Unique Identification (UID) Program for all of its 1.2 billion residents
entitled, “Cashless Society: India Implements First Biometric ID Program
Despite Growing Concern,” where I detailed the history, mechanisms and
ultimate goals of the program. I followed this report by an article
entitled, “Japan Proposes Next Phase of Centralized Surveillance,” dealing
with the new Japanese UID with a similar analysis. But, while news of India
and Japan’s ma... more »
* "Another very important development emerged from the Party’s 2012
biennial convention this past January, however. Liberal delegates
overwhelming approved a policy pushed by young Liberals in British Columbia
advocating the legalization and regulation of cannabis. The fact that 77
percent of all delegates backed the resolution proves that the issue is
relevant not only to young Canadians."*
*I vowed to myself, sometime back, that ANYTIME I see a member of the
Liberal Party of Canada talk about or suggest the lessening of penalties
for simple possession of cannabis, t... more »
Thousands of supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi
battled for control of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the recent
revolution. Over one hundred protesters are reported injured in the
Supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi fought for
control of Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the recent revolution.
Protesters hurled rocks and bottles at each other, fists flew and gunshots
were heard during the melee in downtown Cairo on Friday. The ongoing
conflict is the first major street fight between libera... more »
Anthony Freda/Dan Zollinger Art Paul Craig Roberts, *Contributor*
Back during the George W. Bush neocon regime, President Hugo Chavez of
Venezuela in his UN speech summed up George W. Bush for the world. I am
quoting Chavez from memory, not verbatim. “Yesterday standing at this same
podium was Satan himself, speaking as if he owned the world. You can still
smell the sulfur.”
Chavez is one of the American right-wing’s favorite bogymen, because Chavez
helps the people instead of bleeding them for the rich, which is
While Washington has driven all but the one perc... more »
Sayer Ji, *Contributor*
Most folks don't realize that when we are talking about health problems
associated with wheat, or gluten, we are not talking about a monolithic
entity, a singular "bad guy," solely responsible for the havoc commonly
experienced as a consequence of consuming this grain. After all, how could
just one villain cause the 200+ different clinically observed adverse
health effects now linked in the biomedical literature to wheat
*No, the problem is that "gluten" is an abstraction, and in its perceived
singularity profoundly misrepresents the true e... more »
Both letters published in the NY Times about “meducation” (Stephen
Colbert’s term) missed the point:
Here is a little of the original article, the two letters that were
published, and the three that were not published:
The article (introduction only):
By ALAN SCHWARZ
CANTON, Ga. — When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients
struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some
powerful medicine: Adderall.
The pills boost focus and impulse control in children with attention
deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although A.D.H.D is the diagnosis Dr.
Ander... more »
*Number Of Billionaires Soars Despite Downturn
(c) Sky News 2011
The number of billionaires in the UK has increased to 32, with the Duke of
Westminster Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor again named the country's richest
Despite the property slump, the 59-year-old landowner increased his worth
to $13bn - but still only managed 57th on the Forbes global rich list.
Despite the global economic downturn, the Forbes 25th list of the richest
people on the planet saw the number of billionaires increase by 214 to a
[source SKY NEWS]
you meet people in the supermarket talki... more »
suppose any post from me is special now being it is such a rarity.*
"Battle for Ohio heats up; Romney makes new appeals to women after
lead slipped following lackluster debate performance" by Alan Wirzbicki
Globe Staff, October 13, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio —Interviews with *Democratic and Democratic-leaning
women*in Ohio suggest Obama has some ground to make up. The first debate
some of his supporters demoralized, and even caused a few of them to
look at Romney*.
Cathy Klim, a project manager from Circleville, Ohio, who *voted for
in 2008* and said... more »
F. William Engdahl
On October 3, 2012 the Turkish military launched repeated mortar shellings
inside Syrian territory. The military action, which was used by the Turkish
military, conveniently, to establish a ten-kilometer wide no-man’s land
“buffer zone” inside Syria, was in response to the alleged killing by
Syrian armed forces of several Turkish civilians along the border.
There is widespread speculation that the one Syrian mortar that killed five
Turkish civilians well might have been fired by Turkish-backed opposition
forces intent on giving Turkey a pretext t... more »
Alphabet blocks are a great tool to have in your prop box. They can be
used for just about any age child and to spell just about anything.
With babies I lay the blocks in front of the little one and use them to
spell out their name.
With maternity sessions, you can use the blocks to spell out the gender
or name of the child.
I have used alphabet blocks to spell out the age of a child, the wedding
date of a couple and the word senior for high school seniors. They are fun,
colorful and pretty affordable. You can often buy them at craft stores
using a 40% off coupon. My particular ... more »
The cartoon above is dedicated to the principle that the real reason harper
is going as far as airing television commercials to celebrate the 200th
anniversary of the War of 1812 is because it feeds into the militarist
culture he's trying to foster in Canada, which itself is really to create
the proper environment for war profiteers to flourish.
harper's cabal tries to portray 1812 as some sort of national struggle. It
wasn't. Most of the inhabitants of the Thirteen Colonies (like most people
today) didn't give a shit about the political struggles of their time. They
wanted to be l... more »
*SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2012 *
*As captured in one magic sentence:* Incredible? Astounding? Beyond all
Which of these terms would *you* apply?
No one ever believes Cassandra. But the soul of a rapidly dying culture was
captured this morning in just one magical sentence.
How emptied out are this nation’s elites? We’ll rest our case on this
“I think I speak for all of America when I say nothing that interesting
happened with the vice-presidential candidates.”
Surely, you know who wrote those words. But don’t worry!
This next time this life-form appears on TV, Rache... more »
In his review of Thursday night's debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan,
Hendrick Hertzberg -- in *The New Yorker* -- draws his readers' attention
to the following exchange between the two candidates:
BIDEN: I love my friend here. I—I’m not allowed to show letters, but go on
our Web site. He sent me two letters saying, “By the way, can you send me
some stimulus money for companies here in the state of Wisconsin?” We sent
millions of dollars. You know… [crosstalk]
MARTHA RADDATZ (moderator): You did ask for stimulus money, correct?
BIDEN: Sure he did. By the way…
RYAN: On two... more »
The Romney/Ryan Plan to Obliterate Medicaid — Kevin Drum Fri Oct. 12, 2012
1 (Click here for full effect.) The Journal of the American Medical
Association Barrels of ink have been spilled over Medicare during this
year's campaign. There's nothing wrong with that: Obama and Romney have
fundamentally different approaches to Medicare and they deserve attention.
Romney, for example, wants
The following video, and text, perfectly describes the treachery committed
by the politicians in every nation in Europe, who serve international
finance, and who have invited alien peoples into our lands. We are being
exterminated culturally and ethnically, and the traitors within have used
every means at their disposal (legal and otherwise) to silence dissent. It
is time to make a stand, and to refuse to cooperate with our oppressors.
Our lands belong to us, and it is time to take them back; starting with the
return of our unwanted guests back to where they belong, and of course... more »
*The steroid hormone seems to reduce men's lying*
Have you ever wondered whether there is a simple explanation why maths and
exact sciences are mostly boys' game, why physics is a macho subject of a
sort, why Feynman and Einstein slept with many women while Schrödinger
lived both with his wife and his mistress, and why assorted lying bitches
such as the global warming alarmists have small penises?
*Well, Maria Shriver might agree that this guy won't be the best example of
the testosterone link to "no cheating" and "no lying" but I wanted a
recognizable symbol of testosterone her... more »
Dan and Sheila Gendron, *Contributors*
Living without the bonds of TV affords me the luxury of having time to
read. As my third book this month, I happened to pick the Leon Uris novel, *QB
VII*, written in the 1970s, when there was still something to be proud
about in America, and when there were still enough people around who could
remember the horrors of WWII.
The story takes place in post-WWII England, and is about a libel suit
brought by a Polish Nationalist doctor (Kelno) against a former POW in
Jadwiga concentration camp, a Jewish-American author (Cady), who names him
as... more »
After the vice presidential debate Thursday evening, Rep. Barney Frank took
Paul Ryan to task for his lack of specifics in the plans he and Romney have
for the economy.
"You cannot reduce rates that they're talking about and make that up by
closing loopholes without hitting some loopholes that are very popular,"
Frank told The Huffington Post, citing the mortgage interest deduction and
other deductions. "His failure to cite those is an admission there is no
real way to do that."
Romney has promised to slash marginal tax rates by 20 percent, cut
corporate tax rates, and cut taxes... more »
Many people pop over the counter painkillers like they are candy, taking
them every 6 to 12 hours as the bottle states. Rather than treating their
pain on the front-end, they’ve come to rely on these easily available and
extremely cheap medicines to take of the pain on the back-end. But
researchers are always finding reasons why these pills should be
pitched—and they’ve recently added another to the list.
According to the study, published in the journal *Circulation*, people who
have suffered a previous heart attack should use medications including
ibuprofen an... more »
Susanne Posel, *Contributor*
Last month, mainstream media reported on the cyber-attacks to our banking
institutions that disrupted business and caused havoc for customers.
National Security officials stated that although the attacks have begun to
subside, they are remaining vigilant.
A nameless, faceless group of alleged Iranian hackers is being blamed for
the attacks to JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America (BoA), Wells Fargo, US
Bancorp and Citigroup. Initially, the hacker group claimed they were upset
by the 14 minute trailer produced by the US government and distributed by
Israel... more »
Don't know what the weather is like in your region, but in Detroit,
Michigan it is currently cold!
So when paramedic Jeff Gaglio noticed a shivering, elderly crippled man in
nothing but his underwear brought outside during a house fire two weeks
ago; he very naturally covered that man in a blanket.
And for that, he was punished - but the story gets more ridiculous....
*The must-see humorous reporting by Charlie LeDuff (who dons a blanket for
a cape!) can be seen in the video below with additional commentary and
links following the video. He doesn't pull punches.*
Fo... more »
Waterstones have proudly unveiled a number of key branding messages aimed
at establishing their bookselling credentials on the High Street. Today
they took a whole page colour advert in the Saturday Daily Telegraph main
paper to promote one of their new brand messages,
‘Even the most ardent reader will never reach the end of a good bookshop.’
The page features a collage of some 36 x 36 book jackets (1296) clearly
demonstrating the range on offer and with the new message plastered over
The doyen of bookselling, Fred Bass of the Strand in New York proudly
claims 18 miles of ... more »
*Ben Fellows. "I ran a gauntlet of pedophiles – both at the BBC and at
other television production companies, and also in theatres, as well as on
commercial photo shoots."* 'I RAN THE GAUNTLET OF PEDOPHILES IN THE - 21st
Former child star Ben Fellows writes about his time as a child actor:
"The first politician whom I met was ... Sir Michael Grylls, who invited me
to tea in the House of Commons 'tea room' and spent the meeting attempting
make untoward body contact with me under the table.
"After that, I was sent to a political lobbyist named Ian Greer who tried
to ru... more »
This is a curious story.
Many of the media reports seem to be focused on a suggestion the mother
should not have been in remand custody at all. But if you look at the
history, such as you can tell from the reports, she has quite a history of
police involvement for a fairly young person and there could easily be a
risk of of further offences while on bail. What's more ahe was charged with
having breached her former release conditions and that alone is a basis for
detention. Granted keeping a pregnant woman in custody is unusual but it
may well have been correct.
The real issue is... more »
Dear Mr Hague:
I write in support of a petition I have recently signed, asking the British
Foreign Office to alter its position on what has become an unnecessarily
vexed question concerning the capital of Israel. As you know, Israelis are
unanimous in regarding Jerusalem as their capital, not Tel Aviv (where the
British embassy is currently located), nor Haifa nor Jaffa nor Petah Tikva
nor anywhere else in the country.
It is not hard to understand why the first Israeli parliament chose
Jerusalem as its seat, even before it had built an edifice suitable to the
needs of the me... more »
What a beautiful sight this is. Sea lavender on a Norfolk coastal marsh.
Photo courtesy: Keith M Law /Alamy
Man-made English salt marshes are failing to meet European conservation
regulations that stipulate they should be as rich in plant life as natural
wetlands, a new study warned on Thursday.
Salt marshes are coastal wetlands that are flooded and drained by salt
water brought in by the tides, and are found all around the coastline of
Great Britain. They are important ecosystems that provide essential food,
refuge or habitat for fish, invertebrates and birds. The flowering plants... more »
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10:03:58 UTC
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 09:03:58 PM at epicenter
Depth 38.1 km (23.7 miles)
Region SOLOMON ISLANDS
Distance 114 km (70 miles) SE (127°) from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands
firstname.lastname@example.org (Dr. John v. Kampen)at - 18 hours ago
You need not understand German to grasp what is... told. It's the
presentation of matters that contributes to its meaning. Anyway, things can
get out of hand in TV broadcasts. Note the end of this movie where a
comparison is made with TV shows in other countries. A lot of amuse...
action, indeed, and noise...
Enjoy your weekend!
PS. Hints: scheisse=shit; fressen=to eat; arschloch=asshole;
finanziert=payed, labern=speak; Fresse=face. Use Google Translate.
British fishermen were dredging for scallops in the Channel when rocks were
thrown at them from nearby French boats. Photo courtesy: Damien
British fishermen have been attacked by French boats in the Channel,
raising fears of battles among rival boats over resources as quota limits
bite and declining stocks make fishing ever more difficult.
The British fishermen were dredging for scallops in an area west of Le
Havre, a lucrative fishing ground, when they were attacked with rocks
thrown from nearby French boats, which attempted to block their path.
They calle... more »
12 October 2012
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to view it:*
Hopi spokesman Radford Quamahongnewa tells us about the critical water
issue at Hopi lands in Arizona.
For more information:
Sign the petition:
Also, please check out: Hopi Message 2012 - World Waters at Risk -
Check out WildHeart Visi... more »
A softball-sized eyeball that washed up on the beach in Florida. Marine
biologists have yet to identify the species from which the eyeball came.
Photo courtesy: Reuters
A giant eyeball discovered washed up on the shores of Florida has created
an internet buzz and left marine biologists pondering its likely owner.
The blue, softball-sized body part was stumbled upon Wednesday by
beachcomber Gino Covacci as he walked through the surf at Pompano Beach.
Having kicked the object over, he found himself staring into the large lens
of an as-yet-to-be identified sea creature.
"It was very,... more »
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