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Thomas Paine

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Monday, October 15, 2012

15 October - Blogs I'm Following II

10:43 pm MDST

An electromagnetic pulse attack — the ‘other’ Iranian nuclear threat

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 48 seconds ago
*Some experts say Tehran may be preparing for an EMP strike — which could ‘fry’ electrical grids, with devastating consequences.* http://www.timesofisrael.com/an-electro-magnetic-pulse-attack-the-other-iranian-nuclear-threat/ * *

The Triumph of Narrative Over Truth: The Link Between 9/11 And The U.S. Presidential Race

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 minutes ago
Alternative party presidential candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein told more truths about American society and American politics in *eight minutes on CNN* than President Obama and Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney did in their first debate, which was over 1 and a half hours long. The popularity of both Obama and Romney is dependent upon media propaganda and a brainwashed, enchanted* *public, which shows their political weakness as candidates. Their political bases are totally ignorant and have no idea that they're being betrayed because they do not look past the polish... more »

Stop sending our aid money to rich countries, Cabinet minister Justine Greening tells the European Union

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 minutes ago
The International Development Secretary challenged the basis of the £10billion-a-year budget, which channels cash to countries such as Turkey, Iceland and Brazil. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218107/Stop-sending-aid-money-rich-countries-Cabinet-minister-Justine-Greening-tells-European-Union.html

You're a Muppet, Cameron! Merkel likens PM to puppet ditherers Statler and Waldorf grumbling about Europe from the sidelines

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 minutes ago
I don't often agree with frau Merkel, well I never agree with her, but in this instance it is very hard to disagree http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218263/Muppets-Merkel-compares-Cameron-characters-Statler-Waldorf-handling-Europe-faces-growing-backlash.html

It would cost me my job, but here's my blueprint for how Britain CAN escape the EU: Conservative MEP has a plan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 minutes ago
Back-up: Education Secretary Michael Gove has said that the prime minister's plan for the EU will fail without a threat of withdrawal http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2218255/It-cost-job-heres-blueprint-Britain-escape-EU.html

Euro opt-outs on more than 130 criminal justice powers will cost you millions, Brussels tell UK...Peaceful EU just loves handing out fines and Blackmail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 minutes ago
People DIED for this so called freedom and democracy!, and not just Europeans, either http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218274/Euro-opt-outs-130-criminal-justice-powers-cost-millions-Brussels-tell-UK.html

South Korean military embarrassed after defector from North knocks on door

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago

Cameron kicks off two-year fight for Union

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 23 minutes ago
...As for the EU Referendum promised to the People of England, he left that in the pub http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/scottish-politics/9610899/Cameron-kicks-off-two-year-fight-for-Union.html

A lovely fantasy: What if the president believed in some of the stuff FDR did? (And defiantly said so!)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 42 minutes ago
*"What Roosevelt had going for himself was a real set of policies and the capacity to speak on their behalf -- a willed capacity to state things plainly, forcefully, and effectively."* -- New Yorker *editor David Remnick, in a blogpost,* "F.D.R.'s Message to B.H.O." *by Ken* David Remnick explains in this newyorker.com News Desk post that the FDR video was sent to him by a friend "for the obvious reason: F.D.R. sounds as if he is sending a message in a bottle (a YouTube bottle) to Barack Obama as he prepares for the second debate with Mitt Romney on Tuesday." In 1936, Franklin R... more »

Gary McKinnon: Hackers Learn Extradition Fate

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 46 minutes ago
A UK computer hacker with Asperger's syndrome will hear if he is to be extradited to the US to stand trial after a 10-year fight. http://news.sky.com/story/998155/gary-mckinnon-hackers-learn-extradition-fate

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.4 Date-Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 02:03:29 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:03:29 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 31.289°N, 140.288°E Depth 102.6 km (63.8 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 204 km (126 miles) SSE of Hachijo-jima, Japan

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 01:16:04 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 04:16:04 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 37.273°N, 37.083°E Depth 5.1 km (3.2 miles) (poorly constrained) Region CENTRAL TURKEY Distances 24 km (14 miles) ESE of Turkoglu, Turkey

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MID-INDIAN RIDGE - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 00:16:42 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 05:16:42 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.828°S, 78.729°E Depth 9.8 km (6.1 miles) Region MID-INDIAN RIDGE Distances 154 km (95 miles) NE of Amsterdam Island,

Israeli media covers up olive tree cutting... by saying the Palestinians cut down their own trees

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
*Just yesterday the CC reported on a group of Israeli settlers who went into Palestinian olive tree groves and cut down / burnt down a number of trees in a continuing tit-for-tat spat between the two groups. In this nonsense video above, picked up by Arutz Sheva (Israeli media outlet), a group of apparent Palestinians are "caught" cutting down their own precious crops, in broad daylight, in front of Israeli "cameraman", in full few of authorities, in order to create "provocation", according to Israel. Not to mention the trees, which barely even resemble trees due to how stunted they... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Monday, October 15, 2012 at 23:43:46 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 04:13:46 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 35.914°N, 69.605°E Depth 112.2 km (69.7 miles) Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Distances 45 km (27 miles) ESE of Nahrin, Afghanistan

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Monday, October 15, 2012 at 22:45:03 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:45:03 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 51.827°N, 159.615°E Depth 43.5 km (27.0 miles) Region OFF THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA Distances 147 km (91 miles) SE of Vilyuchinsk, Russia

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 48 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.7 Date-Time Monday, October 15, 2012 at 21:47:54 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 06:47:54 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.727°N, 141.746°E Depth 66.4 km (41.3 miles) Region NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN Distances 85 km (52 miles) ESE of Iwaki, Japan

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 59 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Monday, October 15, 2012 at 21:04:20 UTC Monday, October 15, 2012 at 06:04:20 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 31.831°S, 71.777°W Depth 19.9 km (12.4 miles) Region OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE Distances 62 km (38 miles) WSW of Illapel, Chile

BOOKS / Ron Jacobs : Aaron Dixon's 'My People Are Rising'

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
My People Are Rising: A Black Panther memoir Aaron Dixon was both a leader and a foot soldier; an intelligent black man in the mid-century United States who knew racism first-hand and wanted to end it. By Ron Jacobs / The Rag Blog / October 15, 2012 [My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain by Aaron Dixon (2012: Haymarket Books); Paperback; 384 pp; $17.95.] The Black

"Who Says You Have To?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Who Says You Have To?" by Ali "Something I’ve become very aware of recently is how often I say or think “I have to” or “I need to” when, actually, I don’t. You probably do this too. Almost everyone does. I’m thinking of things like: I have to clean the kitchen this weekend. I need to phone my mother. I have to try a bit of that cake. I need to lose weight. In almost every case, it’s just not an accurate way to describe the situation. In particular, any time you start feeling that you have to or need to do something because it’s what society (/your friends/your dad/etc) expects, t... more »

Debt Slavery - Why It Destroyed Rome, Why It Will Destroy Us Unless It Is Stopped

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I remember a famous quote that has always been in my mind when it comes to the present financial crisis that the world is encountering right now... It goes like this: "Throughout history, ALL nations that have allowed their financial systems to be usurped by criminal debt usury, have always collapsed due to the crushing effect of accumulated debt." I cannot remember who said that first, but it is an important lesson that we in today's sick world have sadly overlooked. As a man who has studied real history, and not the bull crap history that our present education system has trie... more »

Syria and Presidential Debate Bingo

amurdie at - 1 hour ago
Greetings, Duck Followers. I’m Amanda – assistant professor at Mizzou, avid hiker, crazy sci-fi romance novel reader, and pretty competent mother. I’m excited to be a new “duckling” on the block. On the eve of the next US presidential debate, … Continue reading →

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, Messier 63 is about 25 million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici. Also cataloged as NGC 5055, the majestic island universe is nearly 100,000 light-years across, about the size of our own Milky Way. Known by the popular moniker, The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 sports a bright yellowish core and sweeping blue spiral arms, streaked with cosmic dust lanes and dotted with pink star forming regions. *Click image for larger size.* This deep exposure also reveals an enormous but dim arc extending far into the halo above... more »

Chet Raymo, "OK, Let's Put Two And Two Together..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"OK, Let's Put Two And Two Together..."* by Chet Raymo "The Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world on December 21, 2012. I mean, it must be true; there are hundreds of web sites asserting imminent apocalypse. And just wait till you see the forthcoming movie. If you are not getting ready for doomsday, you are missing the boat - er, ark. At the very least, don't bother doing your Christmas shopping in 2012. And then there's the Large Hadron Collider, warming up - or I should say, "cooling down"- near Geneva. Now up to speed, it's going to create microscopic black holes tha... more »


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 2 hours ago
------------------------------ *MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012 Original Here* *Texas Landowners Join Environmentalists for Historic Blockade of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline * A standoff is underway in Texas over construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would run oil from the Canadian tar sands fields to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast. In a protest now entering its fourth week, dozens of environmental activists working with local Texas landowners have blocked the pipeline’s path with tree sit... more »

Argentina on the verge of second economic collapse, takes a number and gets in line

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago

Why Does The Government Care So Much About Vaccinating You?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
I was in a local Costco big box store just the other day, and I noticed a sign at their pharmacy asking everyone to come in for their "free flu shot". It made me both appalled and sick to my stomach to realize that people here in Canada are still being suckered and fooled into rolling up their sleeves and allowing these criminals to inject their bodies with a mercury laden poison. For the last while I have been asking myself a simple question: WHY are our governments so hell bent on getting everyone vaccinated? Well, today I came across an interesting article from the website:... more »

"Finding Answers Within: You Have All the Answers Within You"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Finding Answers Within: * *You Have All the Answers Within You"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When you realize that you always have the answers within yourself, you can stop searching outside of yourself. Many of us seek the answers to life’s questions by looking outside of ourselves and trying to glean advice from the people around us. But as each of us is unique, with our own personal histories, our own sense of right and wrong, and our own way of experiencing the world that defines our realities, looking to others for our answers is only partially helpful. The answers ... more »

No To Bullies

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 2 hours ago
Hi AK, I've been following your posts from when they were mostly about bankers resigning and I can't express enough how much I appreciate the effort you've put into getting this information out, as well as the incredible (and obvious) awareness and conviction you've developed during the process. Thank you, truly, for your work. I want to share with you my own contribution to the changes taking place in the form of a music video I uploaded today to YouTube. Although it was initially inspired by a very disturbing bullying experience that one of my granddaughters experienced in ... more »

MiniFlame: yet another state-sponsored espionage virus uncovered

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Madison Ruppert, Contributor A new piece of malware dubbed “MiniFlame” – hinting at the software’s relation to the Flame virus which attacked computer systems in the Middle East – has been uncovered by Kaspersky Lab. The development of MiniFlame coincided with that of Flame and unlike other malware, MiniFlame actually “allows the operator direct access to the infected system,” according to Kaspersky. Writing for CNET, Lance Whitney characterizes MiniFlame as “a cyber espionage program that can take over where Flame leaves off.” “First, Flame or Gauss are used to infect as many ... more »

Research: Roundup Herbicide Toxicity Vastly Underestimated

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Sayer Ji, *Contributor* Glyphosate, the most well-known ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, has recently been the focus of an intense debate over whether or not it is dangerous, even carcinogenic, to those exposed to it through food and the environment. Monsanto, the original creator and patent-holder of glyphosate, and of the most famous glyphosate formulation Roundup, has funded research denying the emerging glyphosate-cancer link, but the latest (and only known) long-term feeding study from an industry independent research group out of France indicates that the transgenic m... more »

21 Signs That The Global Economic Crisis Is About To Go To A Whole New Level

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Michael Snyder, *Contributor* The global debt crisis has reached a dangerous new phase. Unfortunately, most Americans are not taking notice of it yet because most of the action is taking place overseas, and because U.S. financial markets are riding high. But just because the global economic crisis is unfolding at the pace of a "slow-motion train wreck" right now does not mean that it isn't incredibly dangerous. As I have written about previously, the economic collapse is not going to be a single event. Yes, there will be days when the Dow drops by more than 500 points. Yes, t... more »

Intensified Warrantless Spying in America

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Stephen Lendman, *Conributor* Newly released ACLU Justice Department documents and Kurt Eichenwald's just-published book titled *500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars* provide new information on lawless spying in America. Eichenwald described "the most dramatic expansion of NSA's power and authority in the agency's 49-year history." It was devised days after 9/11, he said. In fact, it began much earlier. In December 2000, the NSA said: The volumes and routing of data make finding and processing nuggets of intelligence information more difficult. To perform both its o... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"True freedom and the end of suffering is living in such a way as if you had completely chosen whatever you feel or experience at this moment. This inner alignment with Now is the end of suffering. Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you as a human being, no humility, no compassion. You would not be reading this now. Suffering cracks open the shell of ego, and then comes a point when it has served its purpose. Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary." - Eckhart Tolle

The IMF and World Bank Use Arab Uprisings to Expand Control Over Nations

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Susanne Posel, *Contributor* Many oil-producing nations such as Saudi Arabia, the US, the UK, Japan and Kuwait have pledged $165 million to fundan initiative of the World Bank that will allegedly prop up countries that have been affected by manufactured Arab Spring uprisings. Along with the approval of the UN, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the Islamic Development bank and the OPEC fund for International Development are supporting the partnership. The IMF and the World Bank, at a meeting in Tokyo, focused talks on the Middle East and their economies of whi... more »

Why Does the Government Care so Much About Vaccinating You?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Elizabeth Renter The government cares about you being vaccinated. No, they don’t necessarily care about the negative effects of the vaccination or your concerns, but they do invest millions of dollars to ensure as many people as possible receive things like the flu vaccine every year. They say they care because they want you healthy, but evidence shows not only do they not care, but vaccinations aren’t a good way to maintain health. Why? What’s the big motivator for the government to push vaccines like a dealer pushing illegal drugs on the corner? Like any other drug dealer, th... more »

Satire: "Obama’s New Debate Strategy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Obama’s New Debate Strategy"* by Andy Borowitz WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)— "With his polite and well-mannered performance widely panned in the first Presidential debate, President Barack Obama is under mounting pressure to prove that he can act like an as***le in the second debate tomorrow night, a campaign aide confirmed. “In America, we demand that our President remain cool and calm in a crisis but go batshit in a debate,” the aide said. “Tuesday night is all about that second piece.” Rather than unspooling a laundry list of facts and numbers as he did in the first de... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Renton, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

What We Gave Up

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Anthony Freda Art Dan and Sheila Gendron, *Contributors* America taught the world to be manufacturers. We honored the ingenuity of those who sparked the industrial revolution. We filled our country coast to coast with factories that gave meaningful jobs to the people. People who could feed their families until their bellies were overfull and live in a nice place with the wages they were paid. But we gave it up. We gave it up by encouraging the factories to leave America behind to set up in other countries with grand tax incentives for leaving their dedicated employees in the lurc... more »

Marilyn Katz : What Every Woman Should Know (About Paul Ryan)

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 3 hours ago
Rep. Paul Ryan faces moderator Martha Raddatz in the vice presidential debate. Photo by Saul Loeb / AFP / GettyImages. One sure thing: What every woman should know Paul Ryan has voted 59 times to support legislation that ranges from declaring a fetus a human being with full legal rights to allowing hospitals to refuse treatment to a woman needing post-abortion care -- even if she will die

The End of Privacy Rights

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
*We The People* There was a time when we the people could expect privacy in our homes, in our conversations, in our everyday lives. As you'll see in this video, your right to privacy has ended. Vast amounts of what you would assume to be your private information is being recorded and stored in computer banks. If you found this video beneficial, helpful, interesting, and/or eye-opening, please share it with everyone you know. Help us get the word out. *We The People Association* Enter your email address to subscribe to our newsletter: Delivered by FeedBurner Be the Change! Sha... more »

Where Would Mitt Romney Be When The Phone Call Comes Into The White House Switchboard At 4AM?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
It's now widely acknowledged that foreign policy is clearly-- dangerously-- Romney's weakest suit. From his bungled and insulting romp through England, Israel and Poland, his attack on America while the consulate in Benghazi was under attack and his grotesque attempt to politicize the death of Ambassador Stevens to his attacks on China trade policies that belie his own bizarre net of investments in Chinese sweat shops, and the substance-free foreign policy speech he made at a military academy, Romney is clearly out of his depth on foreign policy. It's not, after all, like conver... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is- whether its victim is human or animal- we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity." - Rachel Carson

31 Days of Photo Props: Santa Hats

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 4 hours ago
Around Christmas, I like to pull out Santa hats for the kids. Although I tend to stay away from putting the entire family in Santa hats, I think they are really great for individual and small groups of children. They are smile makers because kids love them and they are really cheap to find and keep on hand. I have even seen them at the dollar store. When it comes to Santa hats I love to do close ups, just far enough away to be able to see that it is a Santa hat. Pictures in Santa hats are great for Christmas cards or ornaments. Although the hats are fun, I usually only try to do... more »

Bullets Didn't Work, Why Not Try Tea?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*Israel: Drop the bullets, and sip some tea with your friends and enemies. Relax. No one is going to wipe you out. And no one is going to hurt you once you stop hurting others.* Read, *"Israel Tries to Assassinate Top US General, Then Invites Him for Tea,"* by Kevin Barrett. And read, *"Planned war on Iran and the General who said No!"* by Gordon Duff.

History: “The Real Reason America Nuked Japan”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Real Reason America Nuked Japan”* Atomic Weapons Were Not Needed to End the War or Save Lives By Washingtons Blog “Like all Americans, I was taught that the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end WWII and save both American and Japanese lives. But most of the top American military officials at the time said otherwise. The U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey group, assigned by President Truman to study the air attacks on Japan, produced a report in July of 1946 that concluded (52-56): “Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts and supported ... more »

Apple buttering

risa bear at A Way to Live - 4 hours ago
So the rains have come, and I'm feeling better about working indoors! One of the last things we did before the rain was get in apples from our apple trees, and we also foraged some along some of the neighborhood's farm fences, where birds have planted trees the Johnny Appleseed way. Multiple varieties add zing to one's homestead apple products. There are plenty of apples in baskets in the mudroom. As they are organic, most years there are worms at the core and if I try to store them they will deteriorate fairly rapidly. This year is no exception, so if I want to capitalize on thes... more »

Not your father's Romney

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 4 hours ago
Ouch. This guy slaps Mitt Romney for failing to live up to his Dad. Hard. A longtime aide to George W. Romney issued a harshly worded critique of Mitt Romney, accusing him of shifting political positions in “erratic and startling ways” and failing to live up to the distinguished record of his father, the former governor of Michigan. Walter De Vries, who worked for the senior Mr. Romney throughout the 1960s, wrote that Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House was “a far cry from the kind of campaign and conduct, as a public servant, I saw during the seven years I worked in George Romn... more »

FBI issues virus warning for Android phone users, mentions surveillance software sold to governments

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
FinFisher.com Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), specifically their Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), has issued a warning to users of smartphones running Google’s Android operating system concerning “new” viruses which have become increasingly widespread. However, at least one of these viruses is far from new. Indeed, one of the two viruses identified by the FBI is one which is marketed to governments. This is hardly surprising given the rise in state-sponsored malicious software. FinFisher, for instance, was uncovered by the Wall Stre... more »

31 Days of Photo Props: Musical Instruments

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 4 hours ago
One of my first questions when I am scheduling a senior portrait session is "Do you play an instrument?" While not everybody plays an instrument, those who do have spent a lot of time with it and it is worth capturing. For a lot of people, the playing an instrument ends when high school does, but for some, the love is life long. Don't limit instruments to just seniors. My husband is a very talented musician and while it isn't something he does to support our family, it is something he does on a daily basis. When I was taking pictures of our infant daughter I wanted to do something... more »

Harper furious over aboriginals visit to Iran: Terry Nelson

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
PressTV A top aboriginal leader says the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has launched a smear campaign against the Iranian nation and discourages Canadians from visiting Iran “For us as indigenous people from the Canadian side, for us to be in Tehran, we were absolutely set upon, we were told ‘no, don’t go to Tehran’. But we were pretty clear that the dehumanization, the demonization of the Iranian people has been one of the facts of Western media and we understand that because we too have also met with the crusader,” Terry Nelson, the top Chief of Canada Aborigina... more »

Bad weather for warmists

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Ahem, I have some news for you. Global warming stopped 16 years ago. [image: image]SOURCE: *Daily Mail* See, if we had my Very Special Carbon Tax, you’d all be getting a tax refund now. Instead, we’re still hammered by Nick Smith’s Emissions Trading Scam. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

SaLuSa, October 15, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 5 hours ago
Mike Quinsey - SaLuSa, October 15, 2012 SaLuSa, October 15, 2012 As we survey your world we find that your personal awakening is growing stronger, and people are more ready to speak amongst themselves about Ascension. There are obviously difficulties in conveying what it is going to mean to each individual, but at least a seed of knowledge is sown and it will grow. Naturally there are plans to give out information on a wide scale, to ensure that people understand what a wonderful opportunity is being given to every single soul. There will still be some disbelief or fear among... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

"Most Ignorance..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know." - Aldous Huxley

Paul Ryan's fake photo ops

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 5 hours ago
[photo via TPM] Paul Ryan is a textbook narcissist. He loves his photo ops so much he's willing to bully his way into pretending to wash dishes at a food kitchen without getting permission through the proper channels. Which didn't sit so well with the director of the charity: Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University. He added: “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accu... more »

Cranky Pre-Debate Blogging

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 5 hours ago
Ezra Klein writes: I hate that debate rules are effectively set by the campaigns rather than by a body representing voters. Okay, three things. First of all: the campaigns do represent the voters! Each candidate was duly selected by his political party; the parties are made up of....voters! Second, and this doesn't get to his complaint, but it's worth pointing out that it's basically a miracle that we have solidly institutionalized debates in the first place. As I've said, if you like the debates, thank Ronald Reagan (and, to a lesser extent, Bill Clinton). Reagan didn't have to d... more »

Koch - The Courage to Force Others to Vote for Rmoney

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
There has been a lot of press about the InTheseTimes article about the Koch brothers using their influence and power to strong arm their employees to vote for RMoney – to goosestep to the polls and raise their arm and yell – "Heil Koch" - as they pull the lever/push the button to destroy the USA. Why - because Mitt-Wit can't win on his own. Why - cause Lyng Ryan can't win on his own. Absolutely nothing between the two of them - so they have to steal the election anyway that they can. If you missed the article – you can read it >>>HERE<<< *This piece of "news" didn’t surprise me.* ... more »

Dalton steps aside !

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

On Jimmy Savile

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 6 hours ago
Can much more be written about Jimmy Savile that hasn't already been said? The media are certainly having a good go, seeking women he abused as young girls and linking him to abuse at hospitals, the notorious Haut de la Garenne children's home in Jersey, and now suggestions he may have sexually abused corpses. A day does not pass without new, grim allegations splashing themselves across the headlines. And it is right that Savile's carefully-cultivated image as a national treasure is hung, drawn and quartered by the press. It is just a shame the violence done to his celebrity is sca... more »

“Economic Collapse- European Sanctions Against Iran- EU Peace Prize”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Economic Collapse- European Sanctions Against Iran- EU Peace Prize”* by Corey Schink “For those individuals on the planet with their eyes open, with fear in their hearts and a deep pain that has numbed their souls, today is not beautiful. The light at the end of the tunnel is awful in its vivid portrayal of the horror that awaits all of us, and we have no one to blame for the situations that we find ourselves in other than ourselves. EU moves closer to new Iran sanctions: "The European Union provisionally approved new economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program on... more »

New Threats to Riot if Obama Loses Election (...by guess who)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Hinty-hint-McHint: “If obama dont get re-elected & romney wins .. on life every white persons getting pistol whipped and im startin a riot.” And, “You know you ain’t shit if you gotta “MAKE” Mafukas vote for ROMNEY ! …. Mannnn OBAMA better get back in office . Or BLACK FOLKS will riot.” And, “If Mitt Romney wins the election I think its our duties as Black folks to riot and fuck shit up.” Break out the shoe polish and save yourselves while there's still time, people. * http://www.infowars.com/new-threats-to-riot-if-obama-loses-election/

"Ayn" Can't Decide Whether He's Eddie Munster Or Pinocchio

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 6 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe It was refreshing to see a Democrat (Joe Biden) acting tough and fiesty at Thursday night's vice presidential debate. But something that's often been lost in the analysis is how many brazen whoppers Paul "Ayn" Ryan told in the 40 minutes that he spoke. Perhaps the most obvious distortion from "Ayn" was on unemployment. He depicted the jobless rate of 10% or so in Biden's hometown of Scranton, Pa., as representative of conditions throughout the country. This may have gotten by a lot of people who don't follow the news, and the aggressive Biden did miss an opportunit... more »

Reality Check in Cite Soleil

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 6 hours ago
St. Catherine's Hospital Cite Soleil October 15, 2012 (Photo by John Carroll)

Exclusive: Study shows $1.2 trillion gap for public pensions

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Votin', votin', votin', keep those sheeple votin', and those bankers gloatin'...* http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/15/us-usa-pensions-study-idUSBRE89E0NF20121015

Another Obama Executive Order Allows Seizure of Americans’ Bank Accounts

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
* * *This is an interesting development. What it means depends I suppose on what Obama has in mind. Is this to punish those not cooperating with the cabal, or is this to return the wealth of the cabal back to the people. I suppose it depends on what you think Obama is. As I have stated before I am agnostic on what Obama is, I am waiting to see. Presidential orders are a dangerous thing, they seem to accumulate over the years giving the executive branch ever more power. -AK* http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/13196-another-obama-executive-order-allows-seizure-of... more »

UK may speed troop pullout in 2013 over Marines shooting scandal

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Russia Today [image: A British soldier (C) of the 1st batallion of the Royal Welsh patrols jointly with French soldiers of the 21st RIMA in the streets of Showal in Nad-e-Ali district, Southern Afghanistan, in Helmand Province.(AFP Photo / Thomas Coex)]A British soldier (C) of the 1st batallion of the Royal Welsh patrols jointly with French soldiers of the 21st RIMA in the streets of Showal in Nad-e-Ali district, Southern Afghanistan, in Helmand Province. The UK plans to pull troops out of Afghanistan in 2013 following the arrest of 9 Marines for the suspected murder of an unarmed ... more »

“The 2012 US Presidential "Non-election"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The 2012 US Presidential "Non-election"* by Larry Chin "No matter who "wins", humanity loses. Every four years, the deck chairs of the political Titanic that is the American empire get rearranged in the choreographed spectacle of another presidential "election". The 2012 charade is particularly disgusting; the lies more blatant and shrill, as the world continues to burn. It is critical to focus on the cold, ugly reality facing the world with either prospective White House occupant. On one side, the Obama administration, and the traditional brand of neoliberal imperialism and i... more »

Bad advice for NZ

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Various monetary cranks in both politics and journalism continue to advise that the best way for NZ to get richer is to make our currency poorer. To make it poorer by the simple expedient of diluting its value with truckloads of new paper, to be spent on white elephants of their choice—combined with Muldoonist “capital controls” requiring the permission of the state to transfer your own money abroad. This advice for the Greeks, appearing today at the Mises Daily, is just as much advice for these deadheads. (I have changed only pronouns, proper nouns, and some of the insults.) The... more »

The Folly of Subsidizing Retail

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 7 hours ago
Next to giving subsidies for a company to relocate, or to prevent it from locating, the lease defensible common use of investment incentives is for retail. Why should this be? Let me count the ways. Most importantly, retail is a derivative economic activity, as David Cay Johnston says. A location's population and income determine how much retail it can support. For this reason, the apparent job creation of retail subsidies is completely phantom, as sales and jobs are simply transferred from older stores to newer locations. The best proof of this is contained in a groundbreaking stud... more »

Notes on Hegemony and Symbolic Capital

Daniel Nexon at - 7 hours ago
This is of interest only to international-relations theorists and fellow travelers. A long-standing claims about hegemonic orders is that they are normative ones: that a dominant power uses a wide variety of power resources to create a set of international rules … Continue reading →

#Sensata-- Don't Expect Darrell Issa To Trump Up One Of His Witch Hunts On This One

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
When far right propagandists can get some traction for whatever made-up nonsensical story-- Obama's wedding ring, Obama arming Mexican dug lords, Michelle Obama forcing kids to eat vegetables-- that starts as chain letters to the low-info GOP base, they can count on Moe Howard Darrell Issa to launch one of his expensive and pointless partisan witch hunts, using the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exactly the way it was never supposed to be used. You can rest assured he won't be launching an investigation into Sensata, a Freeport, Illinois company owned by Mitt Rom... more »

Israeli Film - The Gatekeepers

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
Philip Weiss - *Israeli film ‘The Gatekeepers’ brings truths about occupation that Palestinians are vilified for saying*. One of the stars of the documentary is Ami Ayalon, "previously head of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service, and commander-in-chief of the Navy," (* Wikipedia*). He is a leader of the *Blue White Future* movement. In the clip below, from January 2012, Ayalon offers a paradigm shift to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and gives solutions to Israel's major demographic, political, and cultural problems. Also, check out Ayalon's interview with Charlie Ro... more »

PH1: Amateurs Discover Four-Sun Planet

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Excited astronomers describe the discovery of a planet orbiting no fewer than four suns as "unique". http://news.sky.com/story/997996/hot-find-amateurs-discover-four-sun-planet

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Monday, October 15, 2012 at 20:19:01 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 08:19:01 AM at epicenter Location 20.331°S, 178.261°W Depth 544.5 km (338.4 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 328 km (204 miles) WNW (286°) from NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.7 Region FIJI REGION Date time 2012-10-15 20:14:30.0 UTC Location 20.47 S ; 178.20 W Depth 490 km Distance 319 km W Nuku'alofa


éminence grise at Cherchez la Verite - 7 hours ago
------------------------------ * the**REALnews Permalink* October 14, 2012 *Low wages and high unemployment are paralyzing the global economy* Part 1. Heiner Flassbeck [Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development]: The drive to be more "competitive" is pushing the world economy into deep recession; the best that quantitative easing can do is create another bubble More at The Real News October 15, 2012 *The labor market... more »

What? Riots in the Streets and EU Awarded Nobel Peace Prize? (Satire Long Obsolete)

I guess in a world where Henry Kissinger, a brand-new full of "hope and change" (and warless) Obama, and, of course, Mother Teresa get one this makes sense. But a confederation of frightened populations and on-the-brink-of-bankruptcy countries? They should start calling it the "Hope for Peace" Prize? A different look at current events may be required now. 40 YEARS ON, SATIRE REALLY IS NOW

GAP halts Manifest Destiny t-shirt sales after Native Americans protest genocide campaign

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
 http://www.lastrealindians.com/ Thanks to Last Real Indians for permission to post this photo at Censored News!*GAP halts sales of Manifest Destiny t-shirts, Native Americans want apology for genocide campaign* ** *By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com GAP halted sales of the Manifest Destiny t-shirt late today, Monday, after Native Americans protested the slogan as a symbol of genocide. GAP responded to the protests with these words on Facebook, "Thank you for your feedback regarding the 'Manifest Destiny' t-shirt. Based on customer feedback, we w... more »

I Will Miss Blogging About the Boston Globe

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
That's because I feel this was my calling and I am unable to fulfill it due to various factors that I will not detail here. This makes me very frustrated and unhappy because I can't imagine anything more important than exposing the endless stream of complete distortions and outright lies that spew forth from AmeriKa's mouthpiece media; however, in attempting to catch up here I have come to the realization that I will never condense three months of material into three days of work nor will I have time to attend to pages of drafts to which I have repeatedly vowed to clear and post. My ... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Political Sell-Outs

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 8 hours ago
"*Both campaigns said they had bought demographic data from companies that study details like voters’ shopping histories, gambling tendencies, interest in get-rich-quick schemes, dating preferences, and financial problems. The campaigns, according to campaign employees, have examined voters’ online exchanges and social networks to see what they care about and whom they know.*"* * * **I knew all the spying was going to be useful for something*: "Presidential campaigns acquire personal data on voters" by Charles Duhigg | New York Times, October 14, 2012 NEW YORK — Strategists affili... more »

Winnemem Wintu protest citations of Chief Caleen Sisk Oct 16, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
RALLY TO PROTEST US FOREST SERVICE CITATIONS OF CHIEF CALEEN SISK Winnemem Wintu Tribe Describes USFS Charges as Retaliation*Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012* *Time: 8:00 AM* *Location: East California Federal Courthouse* *2689 Bechelli Lane, Redding, CA.* By Winnemem Wintu Censored News http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com The Winnemem Wintu Tribe will hold a rally at the Federal Courthouse in Redding to call for justice and for the court to rescind the punitive citations served on Chief Caleen Sisk at the end of the traditional Balas Chonas (Coming of Age Ceremony) in July. On receivi... more »

The Privileges of Power: U.S. Is Trading With The Iranian Enemy

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
Sanctions? Who said anything about sanctions? An excerpt from an article at Moon of Alabama called, *"EU Increases Sanctions On Iran While U.S. Increases Trade"*: "The U.S. wants to achieve regime change in Iran. It presses for Europe to adopt more sanctions and to cease all trade with Iran. At the same time it is using the loopholes in its own sanction regime to increasing its trade with Iran." Former Vice President Dick Cheney wanted to trade with the enemy in the 1990s: "Vice President Dick Cheney, who has called Iran "the world's leading exporter of terror," pushed to lift U.S... more »

Coal miners ask Obama to stop ‘absolute lies’

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

CONtemptuous, Weasel Words

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 9 hours ago
This morning, I couldn't help but draw this to Babs' attention. It was the ever-online-vigilence of @FrogsAreLovely and @PierreLucDaoustwho brought it to my attention. You may recall that last week Kay Mère wrote tedious fawning glurge about Rona Ambrose, stopping short of nominating her for a humanitarian award for all her alleged achievements in the name of girls. Jymn blogged about Ambrose's claim about a UN award, as she once again appropriated Malala Yousafzai's name for her own glory. This is why Harper's CONtempt party needs to employ hundreds of communication flunkies thro... more »

Libya: ''A Year Later, the War Is Far From Over – Intelligence Agencies, Militias, Private Contractors and Oil Companies''

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

Money printing is the only thing keeping the system afloat

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
So what will happen when they have completely devalued the $? http://www.goldmoney.com/gold-research/alasdair-macleod/money-printing-is-the-only-thing-keeping-the-system-afloat.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Another Obama Executive Order Allows Seizure of Americans’ Bank Accounts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Monday, October 15, 2012 at 17:52:21 UTC Monday, October 15, 2012 at 11:52:21 AM at epicenter Location 14.150°N, 91.000°W Depth 76.5 km (47.5 miles) Region GUATEMALA Distances 20 km (12 miles) S (177°) from Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla, Guatemala

Ona Unwin: Missing Yachtswoman Boat Found Off Cornwall

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

The Little Ice Age

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 10 hours ago
Once upon a time, Brian Fagan became curious about how history has been shaped by climate. He did a remarkable amount of research, and then delivered a fascinating and very readable book, *The Little Ice Age*. Mainstream history tends to focus on rulers, empires, wars, and technology, providing us with a pinhole perspective on ages past. Fagan used a wide angle lens, and revealed how the miserable peasantry of Europe struggled to survive in a world of daffy rulers, steamroller epidemics, wildly erratic weather, and the ever-present threat of famine — a highly insecure existence in... more »

on the cover of the rolling stone

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American pop singer-songwriter. After performing in the rock music scene of New York City's Lower East Side in 2003 and later enrolling at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, she soon signed with Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. During her early time at Interscope, she worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists and captured the attention of rapper Akon, who recognized her vocal abilities, and signed her to his own label, Kon Live Distributio... more »


Charli Carpenter at - 10 hours ago
Along with the face-lift come some new faces to the Duck. Well, new names anyway. We recruited this year based on the desire to increase diversity on the blog, particularly in methodology and area expertise; and also to cover some … Continue reading →

some home truths about your rancid shithole

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 10 hours ago
Ready, this is really going to hurt, and you fucking deserve it, sorry... *Airspace is militarised:* most 'commercial airlines' have to get permission to fly through pre-assigned channels - they go off course by more than one air mile and the military shoot them out of the skies (apart from September 11th 2001, which was a special VERY SPECIAL day for 'rules being broken'). *Internet is captive audience:* everything you do on the internet is LOGGED SOMEWHERE. There'll be a file on you, and your activity. There'll be loads of evidence of your crimes of freedom. There'll be fines to pa... more »

Peace envoy seeks Iranian help for Syria ceasfire, also asks Golden Dawn to help fundraise for Synagogue construction

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago

What's in a Number?

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
I'll create 12,000,000 jobs but can't save 170 #Sensata worker's jobs. It's one of the vicissitudes of politics & business. #RWNJs #tcot #p2 — Willard Romney (@ShitWillardSez) October 15, 2012 (By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) *“Why is Bain Capital refusing to tell the truth to the American people, acknowledging that Sensata Technologies pays their young women workers in China just 99 cents to $1.35 an hour to work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week? Does Bain Capital care that the young women working in Sensata factories in China have no freedom of religion, n... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago

Meningitis outbreak expands to 15 states with Pennsylvania case

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago

Pakistan: Militants Kill Six Police Officers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A violent assault on a police checkpoint near Peshawar leaves six officers dead and dozens injured or missing. http://news.sky.com/story/997867/pakistan-militants-kill-six-police-officers

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.9 Region PAPUA, INDONESIA Date time 2012-10-15 16:35:38.8 UTC Location 3.31 S ; 137.01 E Depth 75 km Distance 168 km E Nabire

Fall in Michigan

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.6 Region SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA Date time 2012-10-15 16:05:10.9 UTC Location 10.88 S ; 113.70 E Depth 10 km Distance 281 km S Muncar

Owl Necklace Giveaway

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
I love British television, the color turquoise and owls. Owl are definitely at the top of the list. One of my owl pieces is this cute necklace, it is one of my favorites. I get compliments on it where ever I go and I wear it often. When I bought it, I loved it so much that I bought two. We are moving soon (we finally found a place thank heavens) and I found the second necklace today still in the packaging and since it is so cute, I thought I would give one of them away to one of you lucky people! Entering is simple, just use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck! *(This giveaw... more »

Is Mother Europe awakening from her slumber?

Rufus News From Atlantis at News From Atlantis. - 11 hours ago
Across Europe, decades of immigration has resulted in mass unemployment and social problems. The immigrant populations which were brought into Europe following the catastrophe of two world wars were brought in to replace those slaughtered in the Zionist-orchestrated massacres of our people. At the time of both global conflicts, the people were led to believe that they were fighting for their very survival, and that their sacrifices would ensure the continuity of their ways of life, and defend against the imposition of an alien despotism. It has now become more and more obvious th... more »

Was it the Debate?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
Kevin Drum notices something interesting in the polling averages: According to both Pollster and Real Clear Politics, Mitt Romney began his big surge well before last week's debate. In the ten days before the debate, Pollster shows Romney gaining 2.4 points and RCP shows Romney gaining 1.8 points. Okay, I'm going to look at all of this in some detail, but just to skip to the point: I'll tentatively agree with Drum, but a lot depends on how the averages are being compiled, which gets into technical issues that go beyond my expertise. But before I get to that, Drum asks "Anyone have ... more »

Kid Pareene keeps getting it right!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012* *And the branding of Mouseketeer Kramer:* Over at Salon, “Kid” Pareene keeps getting it right about this year’s debates. You may not agree with all his solutions. But The Kid has played it straight about how bad the moderating has been. Note the contrast between gallant Pareene and Ezra Klein, whom we’ll posit briefly as Goofus: Gallant is willing to tell the truth when he sees Jim Lehrer fall down on the job. Goofus knows he has to pretend that there was nothing to look at. *He just doesn’t get it! Keep moving!* Gallant continues to note how bad the que... more »

MY WAY Was A Great Song By Frank Sinatra... But A Bad Approach By Corrupt Reactionary Buck McKeon

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Frank Sinatra started Reprise Records from scratch as an independent record company in 1960. He only had one goal in mind: artistic freedom for himself and the artists-- mostly his friends at first (Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Redd Foxx)-- that he signed. When Reprise was revived in 1989 I became president and I was determined to live up to Sinatra's goals regarding creative freedom for our artists. One of the first things I wanted to do was release a single disc greatest hits record with Sinatra's masterpieces, like "Luck Be A Lady," "The Way You ... more »

Why are these men laughing?

Capt. Fogg at The Impolitic - 11 hours ago
By Capt. Fogg This just in: *Fox & Friends claims Biden's debate laughter indicates dementia!* Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.6 Region MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES Date time 2012-10-15 15:55:02.4 UTC Location 5.98 N ; 125.52 E Depth 67 km Distance 15 km NW Caburan

Fairmont Pacific Rim

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
VANCOUVER—A gunman in his 20s is in a tense standoff with police in the public lobby of one of the city’s priciest downtown hotels. Vancouver Police are negotiating with the man, who is holed up at the downtown Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. The hotel, located on one of the busiest intersections in downtown forced the closure of the Skytrain’s Waterfront Station during the morning commute. Story

Greece's hopes of being released from Europe Dashed......, Merkel rules out default

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago


Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 12 hours ago
*American Scofflaw* 这个练习,它应该向前走,只会加剧紧张局势,而不是他们冷静

Nuckelchen Video

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
How Much the Love? http://www.youtube.com/user/nuckelchenblogde?v=7fJvPYz43po&lr=1 Not much apparently....


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*Saints Linebacker Johnathan Vilma Will Play Sunday! ~Adam Schefter* *Orleans Parish Prison reforms delayed due to funding questions ~WWLTV * *Dutch Dikes To Get $65 Million Upgrade ~gCaptain* ~Hat Tweet @Noladishu *NOLA Film Fest: Reverent Wrestlers, Cajun Equestrians, and More Win First Place ~NOLA DEFENDER* *Dunbar’s bringing its Creole cooking to Gentilly ~Ian McNulty, Gambit *

Rehabilitative prospects a mitigating factor in sentencing

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
R. v. Gouliaeff, 2012 ONCA 690 is a good source for the principle that rehabilitative prospects are a mitigating factor in sentencing: [12] The trial judge's reasons for sentence reveal that he considered the appellant's rehabilitative potential. The evidentiary record indicates that the appellant made some efforts to comply with the law regarding the proper storage of firearms and there appears to be little prospect of his reoffending. However, the reasons suggest that the appellant's rehabilitative prospects were treated as a neutral factor or "non-issue" - rather than as a mitig... more »

How Starbucks avoids UK taxes.......Does any Large Corporation pay tax?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
735 Starbucks outlets in the UK 1.2 billion pounds in the UK - NO Tax Previous 3.6 billion pounds of UK sales - 80 Million in Tax UK Hardworking Family 100.000 Pounds - 40% Tax EU Hardworking Family 56.500 Euros - 52% Tax http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/15/us-britain-starbucks-tax-idUSBRE89E0EX20121015


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
A ROBOT based on the Star Wars character C-3PO is being developed by military scientists to tackle shipboard fires. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/351952/US-navy-builds-Jedi-fire-fighters

US election double standards

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Russia Today While the US prides itself in free and fair elections, RT’s Anastasia Churkina reports on some of the flaws and double standards in the electoral system that American politicians pretend don’t exist. Honesty is the best policy, but maybe not in US elections. “Two words define why people hate America: double standard, on everything,” said editorial columnist and author Ted Rall. This presidential election season, these two words are back in full swing. The basic definition of a “double standard” is a rule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways to dif... more »

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake FLORES SEA - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.2 Region FLORES SEA Date time 2012-10-15 14:55:45.0 UTC Location 7.69 S ; 119.40 E Depth 276 km Distance 114 km NE Bima

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 15th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.4 Region NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA Date time 2012-10-15 11:33:40.6 UTC Location 2.00 N ; 97.81 E Depth 51 km Distance 83 km N Gunung stoli

Austerity-weary Lithuania ejects government: exit poll

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
Reuters Andrius Sytas and Christian Lowe [image: A man casts his vote in Vilnius October 14, 2012. REUTERS-Ints Kalnins (LITHUANIA - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)] Lithuanians voted out their government in an election on Sunday, an exit poll showed, in a taste of what may await other European leaders forced by the financial crisis to implement unpopular austerity measures. An ex-Soviet state of about three million people, Lithuania crashed hard when the crisis hit four years ago. It made tough budget cuts in response and is now returning to economic health - but too late for voters fed... more »

White House October 9 now claims the power to freeze all bank accounts and stop any related financial transactions that a “sanctioned person” may own or try to perform — all in the name of “Iran Sanctions.”

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 13 hours ago
*American Scofflaw* A memo to President Obama: sir, this is so purposely loosely written that one could fly a kite through it, and I guess that is the entire point of the exercise. But it brings me to another question, Mr. President, and that is, has logic become illegal in this country?!? Because, as with the language in the NDAA, enabling any President to have anyone arrested and indefinitely detained for "providing aid and comfort to the enemy", *this EO could be interpreted as being used to financially persecute, and destroy, any American who has a difference of opinion from ... more »

New Western intelligence: Syrian rebels don’t have the numbers to win (meaning we'll have to go in to help, and another war)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*Oh, and 10% of all the "rebel" forces are actually Al Qaeda / terrorist troops.* http://www.debka.com/article/22440/New-W-intelligence-Syrian-rebels-don%E2%80%99t-have-the-numbers-to-win

Fifty Blockaders defend Texas tarsands treesitters

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
*BREAKING: Over 50 Enter Tree Blockade in Defiance of Police Repression to Defend Tree-Sitters * *By Tarsands Blockade* http://www.tarsandsblockade.org *Monday, Oct. 15, 2012* Over 50 Defending Tree Sitters at Texas Tarsands Blockade *UPDATE 3:50 PM - *Two blockaders who locked themselves to Keystone XL machinery have been arrested. A crowd of supporters stood by and cheered for as they were taken into police custody to the cheers. These two most recent arrests make 10 total for the day. Demonstrate your support for our brave blockaders with a generous donationto their bail fund. *... more »

Ezra is losing Medicare too!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012* *The way our team’s brightest child works:* In yesterday’s hard-copy Post, Ezra Klein offered a long analysis of the first Obama-Romney debate. For an on-line near-version, click this. At one point, he apologized for having to criticize Jim Lehrer: KLEIN (10/14/12): *In general, I don’t really know what it is that people wanted Jim Lehrer to do. His job is to structure a conversation between the two candidates. By and large, he did his job.* I don’t see it as such a bad thing if they go over their time a bit, so long as both go over their time more or les... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Spain and Portugal Protest

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 13 hours ago
"Spain, Portugal hit with austerity protests" by Alan Clendenning | Associated Press, September 30, 2012 MADRID — *Tens of thousands* of Spaniards and Portuguese *rallied in the streets* of their countries’ capitals Saturday to protest enduring deep economic pain from austerity cuts. In Madrid, demonstrators approached Parliament for the third time last week to vent anger about tax increases, government spending cuts, and the highest unemployment rate among the 17 nations that use the euro currency. The boisterous crowds in the Spanish capital let off ear-splitting whistles near ... more »

Global Noise takes on austerity: 'We are not going to be silent'

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
Russia Today [image: People make noise as they take part in a casserole march to protest against government's austerity reforms and the public payment of bank's debts on October 13, 2012 in Madrid. (AFP Photo / Pedro Armestre)] Demonstrators across the world are calling for an end to austerity as Global Noise protests kick off in more than 30 countries, including many in the Nobel Peace laureate European Union. The worldwide demonstrations on Saturday passed without incident, and Caleb Maupin from the International Action Centre explained what's driving the public to take to the stre... more »

Sailing Through Silly Spanish Propaganda

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
*I don't want to waste time on this pile of s***.... * "Spain terror arrests put paragliding in spotlight" by Alan Clendenning | Associated Press, August 08, 2012 MADRID — The *history of terror plots is filled with unusual schemes*, from an underwear bomber to model planes filled with explosives — showing how *would-be attackers are constantly hatching ideas* to *catch authorities by surprise*. * **Related: **Who Thinks Up Terror Attacks?* Now questions are being raised about whether two Russians held on terror charges in Spain were planning to launch airborne attacks from paragli... more »

PRESS TV Terrance Nelson: Canada has ethnic cleansing on it agenda

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
*Also see breaking news from Press TV:* *Harper furious over Iran trip* ** A top aboriginal leader says the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has launched a smear campaign against the Iranian nation and discourages Canadians from visiting Iran “For us as indigenous people from the Canadian side, for us to be in Tehran, we were absolutely set upon, we were told ‘no, don’t go to Tehran’. But we were pretty clear that the dehumanization, the demonization of the Iranian people has been one of the facts of Western media and we understand that because we too have also met wi... more »

The soaring cost of Sunday roast: Extreme weather causing dramatic food price rises in U.K. – ‘A disaster for public health’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Soaring prices: Unpredictable global weather has hit harvests, forcing up the price of food. September 2012 prices for commodities have increased 10 percent to 70 percent, year-on-year. Mintec via Daily Mail] By Sean Poulter 12 October 2012 Families are giving up their traditional Sunday roast as the cost of both meat and vegetables soar. In fact, many are cutting back on fresh food altogether. Farmers and supermarkets are blaming the meat price explosion – which is likely to continue beyond Christmas – on the rising cost of feed for livestock. Harvests of grain to make ... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Syrian Rebels Burn Historic Marketplace

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
*That's the experienced analysis of the intelligence agency codespeak we call a newspaper*: "Raging fire leaves Aleppo’s medieval marketplace in ruins" by Anne Barnard | New York Times, September 30, 2012 BEIRUT — Fire swept through the old central souk, or marketplace, of Aleppo in Syria on Saturday, heavily damaging a vast and well-preserved labyrinth of medieval storehouses, shops, schools, and courtyards as fierce clashes between security forces and insurgents vowing to carry out a ‘‘decisive battle’’ for the city continued. One video shot by antigovernment activists showed a... more »

Gesture Technology Still Does Not Live Up To Mistry's 'Sixth Sense'

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 14 hours ago
Ever since we saw and first wrote about Pranev Mistry’s now famous TED presentation on his Sixth Sense device we have been waiting for it to come to market. The technology interface we have today is staid and cumbersome and smartphone ‘pinch and zoom’ technology and Samsung’s Note pen are now starting slowly to break new ground. Microsoft have now produced a* *Digits prototype with the aim of creating a mobile device that enables its owner to control a range of equipment through hand gestures. Digits is designed to be the next generation of the sensor gloves but leaves a big questi... more »

Daily Links, Oct 15, 2012

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*Looking down on Lishan town.* Pinned to my house with sore throat and headache. Hope you got out today. The island was talking about Brother 300, who had gone to gas station after gas station in Changhua. He'd tell the employee to fill 'er up, then go off to the bathroom, or pretend he was harried and talking on his phone. When the fill up was finished, he'd say he only said $300 and said he wouldn't pay for the rest. 14 stations attested to this. His photo was finally circulated, and he inevitably he drove into a gas station where it was posted. He yelled at the workers there, t... more »

The EU is not a “Person”: Granting the Nobel Prize to the European Union is in Violation of Alfred Nobel’s Will

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
Global Research Michel Chossudovsky Alfred NobelThis year’s Nobel Peace Prize was granted to the European Union (EU) for its relentless contribution to “the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.” While the EU’s contribution to peace is debatable, the key issue is whether a union of nation states, which constitutes a political, economic, monetary and fiscal entity is an “eligible candidate” for the Peace Prize, in accordance with the mandate of the Norwegian Committee. The Olympic Games are “granted” to countries. But the Nobel Peace Prize c... more »

Most Americans link weather to global warming: survey

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Cover of 'Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind' by Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, 9 October 2012. environment.yale.edu] By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent; Editing by Dan Grebler 9 Oct 2012 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly three-quarters of Americans say global warming influences U.S. weather and made this year's record-hot summer worse, a survey said on Tuesday [pdf]. Conducted by Yale and George Mason universities, the survey found 74 percent of Americans believe that global warming is affecting weather, up 5 percentage points... more »

Sunday Globe Special: The Falmouth Furor

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
*I'm staying out of it*: Falmouth wall divides land, sea, neighbors *Related*: Falmouth beach tussle reveals broader public-access problem

It’s all substance under the bridge!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012* *Who lost Medicare:* What follows isn’t really about the press—except to the extent that what follows hasn’t been discussed. We just thought you ought to see the way your side lost Medicare. That includes the willing, overpaid children on The One True Liberal Channel. At the first Obama-Romney debate, Romney stated a remarkable point. Obama looked down, accepting a good solid scolding. So Romney kept repeating his point, over and over again: ROMNEY (10/3/12): *On Medicare, for current retirees, he's cutting $716 billion from the program.* Now, he says by ... more »

Roth and Shapley

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 14 hours ago
Congratulations to Al Roth and Lloyd Shapley for winning the Nobel Prize today! It is well deserved. FYI to teachers of introductory economics: I use Al's article on Repugnance as a Constraint on Markets as an ancillary reading in ec 10.

A Song Called, Mercy by the Dave Matthews Band

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago

Sunday Globe Special: Indians Protest Nuclear Power

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 14 hours ago
"Protest disrupts India’s energy plan" by Rama Lakshmi | Washington Post, September 23, 2012 KOODANKULAM, India — It is a protest that not only threatens the commissioning of the largest nuclear reactor in India but also could cripple the country’s plans to satisfy more of its growing energy needs with nuclear power. For nearly 400 days, residents of fishing villages in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have demonstrated against a new seaside nuclear plant here. Thousands marched toward the site this month, chanting, ‘‘We don’t want nuclear power,’’ until *police beat them... more »

In a shift, some climate scientists link extreme weather to global warming – ‘We’ve juiced the world’s climate system’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Unharvested corn stands south of Council Bluffs, Iowa, as the worst drought in decades persists, 4 October 2012. Some climate scientists are breaking with mainstream thought and linking weather to climate change. Nati Harnik / Associated Press] By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times 12 October 2012 The worst drought in half a century has plagued two-thirds of the nation, devastating farms and stoking wildfires that scorched almost 9 million acres this year. Withering heat blanketed the East Coast and Midwest, killing scores of people and making July the hottest month ever recor... more »

WHO LOST AMERICA: Death by culture!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012* *Part 1—To our surprise, we were wrong:* We’ve been surprised by the press corps’ reaction to the Biden-Ryan debate. In one major respect, their reaction showed we were just flat-out wrong. In fairness, we weren’t surprised to see the children All Focusing On The Same Thing. In modern press culture, the children will kill both their grandmothers—and both of yours—to keep themselves within the boundaries of Official Approved Guild Consensus. Similarly, we weren’t surprised to see the children focus on style over substance. In its essence, modern press cult... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Dominic West, 43. Looking forward to Series Two of The Hour (and if you've seen it, please don't tell me anything about it). Meanwhile, this is the second birthday within a week of someone who was in The Phantom Menace! That has to mean something, no? The good stuff: 1. Erik Voeten runs down the arguments for and against the EU deserving a Peace Prize. 2. 5 Myths about polling, from Jon Cohen. 3. No, various things said to be worse than Watergate are not actually worse than Watergate. Andrew Rudalevige explains. 4. I'm a little late on this one, but you should l... more »

Monday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at - 15 hours ago
Analysis of the Chinese 052D Luyang III-class destroyer. David Schorr’s April “resolve fairy” post that almost certainly influenced my account of the Romney-Ryan doctrine. Will Romney escalate tensions with China? More on the Iranian-supplied Hezbollah drone downed by Israel. Against Pakistani “sovereignty” … Continue reading →

Sunday Globe Special: Outrage at RCC

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 15 hours ago
"Review shows RCC put students’ basic needs at risk; Leaders spent on raises, scrimped on amenities" by Mary Carmichael | Globe Staff, September 23, 2012 * **First of two parts.* When Terrence Gomes stepped down as president of Roxbury Community College in June, students, staff, and professors were told little about why. * **See: **Summer Recess* The US Department of Education and the state auditor’s office were investigating the school, but both kept details confidential. Gomes and the college’s trustees signed a contract that barred them from criticizing one another. But over t... more »
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