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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

16 October - Blogs I'm Following II

Linkin Park Minutes To Midnight Widescreen Wal...
Linkin Park Minutes To Midnight Widescreen Wallpaper by B-Sign (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"Time For Change, Increase The Peace"
"Time For Change, Increase The Peace" (Photo credit: anarchosyn)
Massachusetts Coastline (NASA, International S...
Massachusetts Coastline (NASA, International Space Station, 06/27/11) (Photo credit: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center)
Creation Museum Signs
Creation Museum Signs (Photo credit: Jeena Paradies)
Palestine (Photo credit: No Lands Too Foreign)
Green Party Community Picnic
Green Party Community Picnic (Photo credit: ItzaFineDay)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11:  Green Party preside...
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein (C) speaks while Cheri Honkala (R) listens, during a news conference at the National Press Club, on July 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Ms. Stein announced that she has chosen Cheri Honkala to be her vice presidential running mate in the 2012 presidenttail election. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Ralph Nader, speaking at BYU's Alternate Comme...
Ralph Nader, speaking at BYU's Alternate Commencement (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11:  Green Party vice pr...
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club, on July 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced that she has chosen Cheri Honkala to be her vice presidential running mate in the 2012 presidentail election. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Dr. Jill Stein in Madison, WI 12-16-2011 299.jpg
Dr. Jill Stein in Madison, WI 12-16-2011 299.jpg (Photo credit: ra_hurd)

‎"It doesn't do to wait - spread the discontent now!
I would never vote for Romney - nor Obama. I tend to stand with my convictions. This way, if enough votes are won, the 3rd parties will qualify for matching funds during the 2016 election. And if enough votes are won - the MSM cannot continue its snubbing of the alternatives. And if enough votes are won perhaps the crooked CPD will be forced to allow all eligible and electorally viable candidates to debate. But it has to start now - waiting will not put any of these in motion." ~Ann Hart Chapman


It’s a familiar conversation every four years: voting for President often comes down to picking the lesser of two evils. Unlike in many other countries, only two major parties dominate the American political landscape. But a growing movement behind one of the few so-called Third Parties, is the Green Party. Famous for its high-profile presidential candidate Ralph Nader in 1996 and 2000, this year the Green Party nomination was won by Dr. Jill Stein, a physician from Massachusetts who has been making waves around the country on her campaign tour.

Jill Stein is considered an environmental health pioneer, known for her widely cited reports, In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging published in 2009. She works closely with parents, teachers, community groups and others, advising them on a variety of health and environmental issues. In Massachusetts, she was involved in a successful campaign to clean up coal plants and has been involved with the group, Physicians for Social Responsibility. She is also the co-founder of Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities.

Jill Stein’s running mate is Sheri Honkala, a well known housing rights and anti-poverty activist. http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/09/27/how-green-party-presidential-candidate-jill-stein-differs-from-the-two-major-parties/


“The United States has encouraged the worst tendencies of the Israeli government as it pursues policies of occupation, apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law. Instead of allying with the courageous proponents of peace within Israel and Palestine, our government has rewarded consistent abusers of human rights. There is no peace or justice or democracy at the end of such a path. We must reset US policy regarding Israel and Palestine, as part of a broader revision of US policy towards the Middle East,” said Jill in her May 15 statement


Jill Stein and her running mate have just been arrested outside the presidential debate for “blocking pedestrian traffic” AKA for showing up in protest of the two party monopoly over politics in this country. Video of the arrest: http://rt.com/usa/news/police-jill-stein-debate-589/...
There was a voter, undecided, Though I cannot fathom why; Perhaps a faulty compass guided Him, as days and weeks flew by. Friends would prod, and neighbors chided “Such an indecisive guy!” With rapt attention undivided All would roll their eyes and sigh. The networks parked where he resided...
Reader Supported News shared a link.
►ETHOS, a powerful documentary hosted by actor and activist Woody Harrelson, is an investigation into the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy, our environment and the the common good.
TNK-BP, the Russian oil company at the centre of a wrangle over ownership, on Tuesday lost a battle to prevent a former employee from releasing documents he says are evidence of high-level corruption in the company and in government.
The Gulf of Mexico, where the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill spoiled habitats and livelihoods, is not the only place where BP Products North America, Inc., has been faulted for its cavalier approach to business. Now, Baltimore’s own Curtis Bay is also part of BP’s legacy of industrial haphazardness—and a catalyst for forcing the company to do better.
BP Faulted for Oil-spill Preparedness in Curtis Bay
City Paper's award-winning investigative reporters cover City Hall, courts, infrastructure, development, and beyond, exposing corruption whenever they find it and bringing 

TNK-BP ex-employee can release damaging papers -judge
LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) - TNK-BP, the Russian oilcompany at the centre of a wrangle over ownership, on
What we have here is a classic case of “too little, too late.” DNR and state regulators were warned some 20 months ago of potential problems with the salt cavern, and were told about earth tremors and gases bubbling up from underground weeks before the sinkhole broke open. If regulators and the Texas Brine Co. had acted more quickly and more forcefully, some of the worst impacts of this crisis might have been avoided. Instead, the catastrophe in Bayou Corne does not have an end in sight.
The American empire does not want the world, nor the American people, to know that there is the possibility of literally dozens of Fukushima situations occurring on American soil, should the right disaster situations arise.
The American empire does not want the world, nor the American people, to know that there is the possibility of literally dozens of Fukushima situations occurring on American soil, should the right disaster situations arise.
FromTully NewsInfo: ATTENTION | "...Officials concerned oil may be escaping from locations on sea floor away from BP’s Macondo well in Gulf — CEO pressed for answers..."

 And the climate caper continues
Nurse Rise ~ Nurses for Safe Water shared 1,000,000 Strong Against Offshore Drilling's photo.
Oh that. Please share. We need more voices --> http://climatesilence.org/
What do you do when you think offshore drilling is worse than idiocy....and 'climate silence' a blessing in disguise ?

9:58 pm MDST

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEW ZEALAND - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 23:42:56 UTC Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:42:56 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 38.660°S, 176.135°E Depth 109.6 km (68.1 miles) Region NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND Distances 5 km (3 miles) ENE of Taupo, New Zealand

Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation 10/16/2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 13 minutes ago
Date: Tuesday, 16-Oct-2012 23:26:05 *Update by Sheldan Nidle for the Spiritual Hierarchy and the Galactic Federation 10/16/2012* 13 Ix, 2 Tzec, 9 Eb Dratzo! We return with more to discuss. Presently, several areas of activity are being brought to completion, forming the foundation of your new reality. As we informed you recently, your world is based on the original legitimacy of certain institutions dating back thousands of years. The individuals who represent these ancient power bases are in the process of creating new documents that will constitute the legal platform for yo... more »

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake MAINE - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 20 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.0 Date-Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 23:12:22 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 07:12:22 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 43.592°N, 70.676°W Depth 6.6 km (4.1 miles) Region MAINE Distances 5 km (3 miles) W of Hollis Center, Maine

Post-Debate Blather

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 29 minutes ago
Barack was all jacked up on a variation of his stump speech. Mitt was his usual smirky, stammering, gushing self. For a minute there, I thought these two one percenters were gonna get physical. But sadly, only the platitudes flew fast and furious. Still, it was edifying to learn that both contenders are such staunch defenders of a tenth of the Bill of Rights (Second Amendment.) We absolutely need more armed militias. The president told a heartwarming story of how one survivor of an Aurora gunshot wound to the head is now good as new. You wouldn't even know he'd been shot to look at ... more »

Snap Reaction: Foreign Policy and the 2nd Presidential Debate

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 32 minutes ago
Topics covered: Process arguments about Libyan attack; Obama likes to kill Islamic terrorists; Energy independence is good, because… jobs; and Romney wants to start a massive trade war with China, Obama just wants to keep it low-level. That’s pretty much … Continue reading →

A Video Moment With Nature: Linkin Park, "In the End"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 39 minutes ago
Linkin Park, “In The End” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkbiB0QfU3s

Senkakus Coffee Klatches This Week

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 41 minutes ago
CSIS is at this very moment meeting on "Taiwan's" approach to the Senkaku mess: Taiwan's Approach to Escalating Sovereignty Disputes in East AsiaWednesday, Oct 17, 2012 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm CSIS With tensions in the East China Sea at their highest levels in some time, the Freeman Chair invites you to attend a discussion of Taiwan's stance on sovereignty over the Diaoyutai/Senkaku Islands and President Ma's expressed desire to establish a code of conduct in light of territorial disputes in the East China Sea. Our panel of experts also will address Taiwan's approach to the ongoing t... more »

Satire: "Romney Sets New Personal Best for Faking Empathy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 52 minutes ago
*"Romney Sets New Personal Best for Faking Empathy"* by Andy Borowitz HEMPSTEAD, NY (The Borowitz Report)— "Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney set a new personal record tonight by pretending to care about average Americans for nearly ninety minutes. Mr. Romney began the second Presidential debate by simulating concern for a college student named Jeremy’s employment future and maintained a consistent level of feigned concern on a variety of subjects for the remainder of the night. “It was an awesome display of stamina,” said Mr. Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, who watc... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 58 minutes ago
“NGC 253 is not only one of the brightest spiral galaxies visible, it is also one of the dustiest. Discovered in 1783 by Caroline Herschel in the constellation of Sculptor, NGC 253 lies only about ten million light-years distant. * Click image for larger size.* NGC 253 is the largest member of the Sculptor Group of Galaxies, the nearest group to our own Local Group of Galaxies. The dense dark dust accompanies a high star formation rate, giving NGC 253 the designation of starburst galaxy. Visible in the above photograph is the active central nucleus, also known to be a bright sou... more »

Genetics: "Mankind Nearly Extinct 70,000 Years Ago"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
* "Mankind Nearly Extinct 70,000 Years Ago"* by Freddie Cook "The late stone age, around 70,000 years ago, saw mankind almost became extinct. The total population dwindled to as little as 2000 humans beings. All mankind still lived in Africa at this time and it is believed that they were split into two separate groups by a severe climatological shift that kept the two species apart, one in East Africa– one in South Africa, for nearly half our entire history as a species. The two groups came together again around 40,000 years ago and the population began a miraculous recovery bef... more »

There's a person in there

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 1 hour ago
This one's for my mom, who at this moment is at home in Victoria crying after they delayed her hip-replacement surgery for two more months this morning because of her low iron count. I'm sure it seemed like a perfectly logical decision in the mind of hematologist Dr. X, who has never met my mother. And it probably made sense to Dr. Y as well, the orthopedic surgeon who has also never met my mother. Unfortunately for her, the news was completely devastating. She was supposed to be having her surgery next week, and on Sunday we'd joked about how she only had 11 more sleeps. I'm a guil... more »

How to Waste a Trillion Dollars

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 hour ago
What America could have had for the cost of Lockheed Martin's F-35. *by Tony Cartalucci* *October 17, 2012* - Already possessing the largest, most advanced air force and air defense capability on the planet, the United States has recently developed at the cost of 323 billion dollars, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) produced by Lockheed Martin. It is the most expensive defense program in human history. The US plans to buy a total of 2,443 of these aircraft, utilize them for approximately 50 years at the total program cost of 1.5 trillion dollars. The Pentagon has already begun a ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Pointless? They Don't Know Neither Do I So There You Are”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Pointless?”* by Chet Raymo "Theresa drew our attention to the Templeton Foundation's two-page ad the New York Times that gave the responses of a dozen prominent scientists and scholars to the question "Does the universe have a purpose?" You can read the complete essays here. I am reminded of a previous Musing* in which I put the question to three famous (fictional) characters. Specifically, I asked for a response to Nobel prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg's famous remark near the end of his 1977 best-selling book, "The First Three Minutes": "The more the universe seems ... more »

How the Debates Purposely Confuse the Issues and Why Glenn Greenwald's Truths Piss Off the Left (and the Right)

If you watched the Vice Presidential debate you may have noticed in almost awelike wonder the same phenomena I did. I saw Martha Raddatz, a well-known name in journalism, use certain phrases again and again that were demonstrably not true but that couldn't have been anything else but right-wing memes meant to make her appear "neutral" on the most important issues, or at least unbiased in her

Forests to feel climate change effect, damage could cost billions

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 1 hour ago
[image: Large, expanding southern pine beetle infestation, 1993, in the Upland Island Wilderness Area, Angelina National Forest, Texas, United States. Ronald F. Billings / Texas Forest Service] 12 October 2012 (PhysOrg) – A new pan-European study suggests that the economic value of forests will decline between 14% and 50% due to climate change. If measures are not taken to change this, the damage could reach several hundred billion euros, say researchers led by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) in Switzerland. The study was presented in the ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Kodungallur, Kerala, India. Thanks for stopping by.

LIVESTREAM Indigenous Real Climate Solutions

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
*NO REDD TOUR/REAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS* *Listen to Indigenous voices* Watch live https://new.livestream.com/accounts/1538870/events/1605792 Govinda is broadcasting live from the NO REDD Tour, Real Climate Solutions, in Berkeley, tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Friends of the Earth, and more. Indigenous Peoples’ territories harbor most of the world’s remaining biodiversity and intact forests; under the guise of emerging climate policies, these territories are being targeted as ‘carbon sinks’ to allow industry to continue polluting. Emerging ... more »

Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala arrested, call tonight's debate a "mockumentary"

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Jill Stein [image: Jill-Stein-Cheri-Honkala-CPD-Debate-arrest.png](HEMPSTEAD, NY) - Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green presidential and vice-presidential nominees, were just now forcibly prevented from entering the grounds of tonight's presidential debate organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). See a video* here.* Dr. Stein and Ms. Honkala will appear on 85% of ballots on Election Day, and recently polled 2-3% in four consecutive national polls. The Federal government recognizes Jill Stein as a qualified presidential candidate, having approved her campaign f... more »

VP Debate once again tells the World that all We care about is the Middle East

Robert Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Yes, it’s partisan, but it’s a somewhat useful deconstruction First, I included the above video to reference a point I tried to make earlier – that Romney flip-flopped so much in the first debate that I no longer have any … Continue reading →

Iran claims 'dozens' of its drones reached Israel

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
*Judging by the surprise success of the Hezbollah drone, this claim may not be nearly as far fetched as the media will spin it to be. Eyes to the skies, everyone.* http://apnews.myway.com/article/20121016/DA1UOQQ80.html

The debate

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 2 hours ago
Guess I'm going to watch for a while anyway. Not sure how long I'll last since I'm still feeling pretty yucky. But for now, I'll be tweeting random thoughts so you can see that on the sidebar widget. Otherwise, I'll recap in the morning.

3 UFOs spotted over Maui, Hawaii, possibly aiding in the search for Obama's birth certificate

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
*In all seriousness, if anyone lives in the area and could contribute more information or footage, be sure to email it in to us. Also chime whether or not you feel this footage is legitimate.*

Does anyone believe the now-spent $1.5M is all "Sunny John" Boehner will ram through for the defense of DOMA ignorance and hatred?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
* **"For more than a year, Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans have committed valuable taxpayer dollars to defending discrimination and preserving inequality -- only to lose case after case in their effort to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act. There is nothing effective or efficient about this utter abuse of the people's trust or the public purse; it is simply wasteful and wrong, and Americans deserve better."* *-- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi* *by Ken* I guess from the right-wing-crackpot standpoint, the $1.5M can't be considered thrown in the garbage as long as i... more »

4.6-M earthquake centered in Maine, felt in Boston and across New England

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake centered in Hollis, Maine was felt across New England at about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. There have been reports that phone lines in Maine are down. There have been no reports of damage in Boston at this time. http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/12008812663280/4-6-m-earthquake-centered-in-me-shakes-new-england/#ixzz29VjCZja4

Live Stream of Presidential Debate

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 3 hours ago
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Should Progressives Vote Green?

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 3 hours ago
A few weeks ago we saw a nasty eruption of the should “progressives vote for Obama” debate–prompted, ironically enough, by a libertarian columnist. My reaction at the time was rather short. But I feel moved by Russel Arben Fox’s explanation … Continue reading →

Judge Bans the T-Word in 9/11 Hearing

Intercept at The Intercept - 3 hours ago
Huffington Post Daphne Eviatar It didn't take long for the word "torture" to rear its ugly head in the September 11th terrorism case, as pre-trial hearings began today with a slew of procedural issues. Though the question of whether the five accused men have to actually show up in court every day wouldn't seem all that exciting or controversial, as soon as one of the defense lawyers started to say his client was traumatized by having been tortured at the hands of his U.S. interrogators, the judge shut him up. "We have to talk about torture," said defense attorney Captain Michael ... more »

Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake, MAINE

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 3 hours ago
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist. Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 23:12:22 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 07:12:22 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 43.611°N, 70.661°W Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) Region MAINE Distances 5 km (3 miles) W of Hollis Center, Maine 21 km (13 miles) NW of Biddeford, Maine 21 km (13 miles) NW of Saco, Maine 22 km (13 miles) WNW of West Scarborough, Maine Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 12.8 km (8.0 miles); depth +/- 3 km (1.9 miles) Parameters NST=184, Nph=184, Dmin=82.4 km, Rmss=1.4 sec, Gp=11... more »

Mary Franson (MN) - Is She ALEC??

2old2care at Because I Can - 3 hours ago
When you see this expense notation from her campaign reports: And you pair it with the information on this from ALEC: *Was she on her way to the DC ALEC meeting?* *What other reason would she be going to DC on that date for?* *Why did she go to Washington DC?* *Was Mary Franson going to a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council?* *Taxpayers paid for her stay at the Holiday Inn with campaign subsidies.* *The people in her district really have the right to ask.* *The people in her district really need to know!* *Inquiring minds want to know.* 

Dear President Obama,

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
Ms. Katie's Ramblings Monday, October 8, 2012 Letter to Obama *Diane Ravitch is encouraging everyone with an interest in education to write a letter to President Obama and send it to him on October 17th. Here is my letter: * Dear President Obama, I am writing to you today as one voice in a chorus of millions of educators, students, parents, and concerned citizens. I ask that you take a moment to hear our stories. Mr. President, I worked as a special education teacher at a small elementary school just two blocks from your Chicago home. Perhaps you and your family have walked ... more »

McGuinty's Resignation

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 4 hours ago
Assuming that Dalton McGuinty doesn't have a secret, life-threatening illness, I'm going to assume that Dalton McGuinty's surprise, sudden resignation as the leader of the Ontario Liberals is rooted in frustration and petulance. McGuinty discovered that incompetent, scandal-plagued government is difficult to manage when you only have a minority government. Especially when your whole shtick as the government is to rationalize yourself with tossed-off platitudes that could have been stolen from sappy greeting cards. I once read an interview with Dalton McGuinty in the Hamilton Spect... more »

US Admits Allies are Arming Al Qaeda in Syria - Began in 2007

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 4 hours ago
Extremism Export: US admits arms sent to Syria find jihadists. *Editor's Note: While the West, and the US in particular feigns surprise and panic over "revelations" that US coordinated arms and cash flowing from Qatar and Saudi Arabia are ending up in the hands of foreign extremists including Al Qaeda, infiltrating Syria, it is a fact that the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel have been explicitly planning to use these very extremist groups, and in fact began arming and funding them as early as 2007, according to interviews given by US and Saudi officials to journalist Seymour Hersh in h... more »

The Internet: "What 'Do Not Track' Doesn’t Do"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"What 'Do Not Track' Doesn’t Do"* by Thorin Klosowski "The "Do Not Track" setting available in most web browsers is a great option to have if you don't want websites tracking your browsing history. However, as How-To Geek points out, "Do Not Track" provides a false sense of security because it doesn't block as much as you'd think. As we've discussed before, tracking works by installing third party browser cookies that attempt to target advertisements at you better. The "Do Not Track" option in your browser (Firefox: Preferences>Privacy, Safari: Preferences>Privacy, Chrome: c... more »

US Government Preparing for Biological Attack and Mass Fatalities in America Since 2008

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
*In 2008, a report from the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism identified a clear and present danger of biological attack in 2013.* http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/10/16/us-government-preparing-for-biological-attack-and-mass-fatalities-in-america-since-2008/ * *

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman : Will E-Voting Machines in Ohio Give Romney the Election?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 4 hours ago
Political cartoon by Dan Wasserman / Boston Globe Will Ohio’s H.I.G.-owned e-voting machines give Romney the White House? The widespread use of electronic voting machines from ES&S, and of Diebold software maintained by Triad, allowed Blackwell to electronically flip a 4% Kerry lead to a 2% Bush victory in the dead of election night. By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman / The Rag Blog /

Man invents machine to convert plastic into oil

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
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"Parts of the One: Ants and Bees, a Metaphor"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* "Parts of the One: Ants and Bees, a Metaphor"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We can learn a lot from watching ants and bees living in community and working for the greater good. When we see ants and bees out in the world, we often see just one, but this belies the reality of their situation. More than any other species, ants and bees function as parts of a whole. They cannot and do not survive as individuals; they survive as members of a group, and the group’s survival is the implicit goal of each individual’s life. There is no concept of life outside the group, so even to us... more »

"Mundus Vult Decipi, Ergo Decipiatur..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur," a Latin phrase, means "The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived." The saying is ascribed to Petronius, a Roman satirist from the first century, CE. "The pontifex maximus Scævola thought it expedient that the people should be deceived in religion; and the learned Varro said plainly, that "there are many truths, which it is useless for the vulgar to know; and many falsities which it is fit the people should not suppose are falsities." Hence comes the adage "Mundus vult decipi, decipiatur ergo."

Sarah from Soleil Returns (Dedicated to Augusta Dwyer)

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 4 hours ago
Sarah from Soleil St. Catherine's Hospital October 16, 2012 (Photo by John Carroll) A few months ago I wrote this post about an infant girl named Sarah from Soleil. Please read this post while I wait. Go ahead and take your time. I am in no hurry. ------ Good. You are back. Well, during the last few months I had concluded that Sarah most likely died. No one had any definite news on her. I did not think her mom had breast fed her adequately. She lived in Wharf Soleil, just a few blocks from this pediatric clinic, which is the worst place on the face of the earth. In July I worked ... more »

turn it off

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

Orwellian Nightmare or Technological Utopia?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 5 hours ago
Wired's "Living by Numbers" Health Conference. *by Tony Cartalucci * *October 16, 2012* - Wired Magazine has conducted a "Living by Numbers" health conference in New York City, drawing together experts and leaders involved in medicine, science, technology, and business to share their perspective on the progress and future of healthcare. The underlying theme of the "Living by Numbers" conference was the gathering and applying of information regarding our health to improve the prevention and treatment of injuries and sickness. *Image: Craig Venter discusses 3D DNA printers at Wired... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Syria: Lies the media tells us to support the war agenda

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
Assorted media stories... * ** The 3000 peacekeepers to Syria?* Noticed yesterday the story had gone down the memory hole. Which made me a bit suspicious. As KenM points out in the comment section this “news” appeared to be a ruse to cover an agenda of moving some additional fighters into Syria. Quoting- KenMOctober 16, 2012 12:55 AM Well, it looks like the Peacekeeper plan was probably a piece of theatre proposed by the SNC in Qatar in order to try & get some more guns on the ground: "..Qatar's prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, told reporters that any such force... more »

The Stupidest Article in Foreign Policy?

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
tl;dr notice: 1200 words. Zack Beauchamp points us to Douglas Feith’s latest broadside against the administration with the tweet: LOL Feith cites @slaughteram and Sam Power’s jobs as evidence that Obama wanted to limit American use of military force It turns … Continue reading →

Movie Review - Looper

Southern Man at Southern Man - 5 hours ago
After we saw *Atlas Shrugged Part II *it was on to *Looper*, in which future murder victims are sent back in time to be executed by "loopers." Why that name? Well, their last victim is their thirty-year-older self, at which time they retire and have thirty years to enjoy their pay before they are sent back int time to be executed by...well, you get the picture. The film doesn't dwell much on the technology and time-travel babble (fortunately, given the preposterous nature of the premise) and focuses on personalities and relationships instead, which makes for a pretty good film. Bruc... more »

Smaller States = Smaller Economies

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 5 hours ago
Who knew a few lines on a page could stand for so much pain. This much-circulated piece from Monday's *Graun* provides an at-a-glance summary of what the Tories and LibDems are trying to do. This programme for "shrinking the state", as our neoliberal friends euphemistically put it is nothing less than a wholesale redistribution of wealth from the least well-off to the affluent and wealthy. But if you're a regular reader of this blog, chances are you already have the government pegged as a narrow spectrum of well-heeled interests. A committee for the management of the common affai... more »

Russian Expert Predicts Obama Will Declare Martial Law in America by End of 2012

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago

Movie Review - Atlas Shrugged, Part II

Southern Man at Southern Man - 5 hours ago
The second installment of the *Atlas Shrugged* trilogy is out and Southern Man had a look. In short it's a fairly faithful portrayment of the middle third (ish) of the book, with many the strengths and weaknesses therein. It picks up where *Part I* left off (Wyatt goes on strike) and ends with Taggart's accidental discovery of Galt's Gulch. Possibly a new record for the gap between critics and audience. It's a mostly new cast; Southern Man preferred the original Rearden and Taggart but the new pair was all right. Sadly, their sexiest moments were in photos used to blackmail Rearden... more »

Supporting MAS Students: This time, it’s personal

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 5 hours ago
MAS students: Crystal Terriquez, second from left.* **In Defense of Raza/Indigenous Studies - * *Supporting MAS Students: This time, it’s personal* by Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez Seemingly few people realize that when the state came after Ethnic Studies in Arizona a few years ago, it was because the state deemed Raza Studies to be outside of western civilization. That’s Pat Buchanan-speak for: Brown people are savages. Actually, it’s Torquemada-speak for these brown people are pagan. This war has actually been an old-school Inquisition against the Indigenous culture of Mexican/C... more »

The Philosopher is in

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
[image: image]Philosopher Leonard Peikoff is online at 11:30am talking and answering questions about his new book, *The Dim Hypothesis*, which attempts to integrate the entire history of human thought. Watch it on LiveStream via Facebook. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

History: "The American and British Governments Knew– Down to the Day– of the Coming Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor… And Let It Happen to Justify American Entry Into WWII"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"The American and British Governments Knew– Down to the Day– * *of the Coming Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor… * *And Let It Happen to Justify American Entry Into WWII"* by WashingtonsBlog "The Nazis, imperial Japanese and fascist Italians were nasty folks trying to take over the world, who brutalized millions within their own borders and in the nations they occupied. But a full and honest account of World War II shows that some big American banks funded the Nazis. And America dropped nuclear bombs on Japan when top U.S. military officials said it wasn’t needed. And– as shown ... more »

“Debt Black Hole Event Horizon, Economic Singularity, The Minsky Moment”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Debt Black Hole Event Horizon, Economic Singularity,* * The Minsky Moment” * By John Mauldin "Concern about politics and the processes of international co-operation is warranted but the best one can hope for from politics in any country is that it will drive rational responses to serious problems. If there is no consensus on the causes or solutions to serious problems, it is unreasonable to ask a political system to implement forceful actions in a sustained way. Unfortunately, this is to an important extent the case with respect to current economic difficulties, especially in ... more »

Elsewhere: Pre-Debate

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
Actually, I'm a day behind on this, but I did want to link to my post over at PP yesterday: "Why are you giving to Romney and Obama?" I really do think it's nuts to do so if your goal is to affect election outcomes and policy. While I'm at it, yesterday at Plum Line I wrote about polling complaints. And today at Greg's place, I did a debate table-setter. Which leads in to the usual: I'll be tweeting, but feel free to use comments for this post as your debate (or pre-debate, or post-debate until I get around to it) open thread.

Another Stupid Disease

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 6 hours ago
Neonatal Tetanus Cite Soleil October 16, 2012 (Photo by John Carroll)Why does this 12 day old infant boy have tetanus? Because his mother was not fully immunized against tetanus while she was pregnant with him. That would not have cost much money. Five billion dollars was pledged to Haiti post earthquake. However, none of these funds helped this little dude. Thus, this guy has a very stupid disease that could and should have been prevented. His back is arched and he has seizures. He stands about a 20% chance of surviving. This boy needs a good pediatric intensive care unit. Soleil ... more »

The New York Times Endorses Months-Old Conspiracy Theory About Syrian Rebels

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
On Sunday, October 14, the *New York Times* came out in support for the truther-inspired, and months-old conspiracy theory that foreign arms are ending up in the hands of anti-American, Saudi-backed *Jihadist terrorists*in Syria. The Times, however, did not completely endorse the truthers' view. Only Saudi Arabia and Qatar are mentioned as the financial and military backers of the Jihadists. According to the warped worldview of the Times, the CIA is just throwing money at the wind in Syria, not funding any terrorists or arming them. I respect the CIA's capabilities more than the Tim... more »

Arrested At Their Prime

Gail at Wit's End - 6 hours ago
Every fall since I realized trees are dying from air pollution, I have tried to post photos that remind people that not so long ago, leaves in autumn used to turn brilliant colors on the branches, and *then* fall off, and *then* turn brown. You could rake them into a crazy kaleidoscopic pile and jump into their softness. Countless schoolchildren picked up the most perfect samples to preserve in sheets of waxed paper - and they would still be bright and vibrant in color, supple and smooth to the touch, long after they had fallen. November 12, 2006, Ray Mill Island in the River Thame... more »

LEAKED Interior wants to sneak Navajo water settlement through Lame Duck Congress

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
*Interior Secretary plans meeting with Navajo officials to try and revamp Colorado River Settlement to sneak it through Lame Duck Congress* By Brenda Norrell Censored News copyright http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wants to push the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement, already rejected by Navajos, through an upcoming Lame Duck Congress, according to a document leaked to Censored News. The letter from the Navajo Nation Washington Office states there will be a meeting on Nov. 14 in Washington, between Salazar and the Navajos an... more »

Romney Returned Michael Grimm's Shady Cash-- Other Republicans, Like Charlie Bass And Richard Tisei Are Happy To Have It

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
The Romney-Ryan campaign has made it very clear-- even publicly clear-- that they don't want the two Mafia-connected Republican congressmen, Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm (Staten Island) and David "The Gangster" Rivera(Miami), both under FBI criminal investigation, anywhere near the campaign. Romney returned the $2,500 check Grimm sent his campaign. The only Mob money Romney is allowing this year has to be funneled through Las Vegas and Macau crime boss Sheldon Adelson. Grimm's shady political action committee, the Grass Roots Initiative To Maintain Our Majority PAC (AKA- the GrimmP... more »

Will Obama Turn Back The Assault On Public Education?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
My friend Bertis is an attorney living in Athens, Georgia. I got to know him when I worked at Warner Bros and he was R.E.M.'s manager. Today I know him as activist for public education. Yesterday he told me about tomorrow's Write President Obama A Letter campaign, the Campaign for Our Public Schools. Like many parents, Bertis worries that the Establishment is driving every middle class family out of public schools and into some version of private/charter/taxcredit scam situation... "thus destroying the premise of Good Schools For All Kids." In Georgia and other states where ALEC is... more »

A State of Denial

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 7 hours ago
Mudpie Factory--Cite Soleil October 16, 2012 Photo by John Carroll In 2007 I posted that people in Soleil were so hungry they were eating mudpies. As people found out about this atrocity I think they were in disbelief. One commenter wrote that maybe the lady who makes the mudpies in Soleil should turn into a Mrs. Fields and export her mudpies to the States. In 2012 people in Soleil are still eating mudpies. Her "factory" is in the same location in an especially dangerous part of Soleil. And as you can see, as of an hour ago, she is still hard at work. She insists her dirt is spec... more »

Mystery explosion shatters windows, lights sky in Louisiana

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Not so mysterious, actually. Apparently it was a munitions bunker at a US base. A Russian base also exploded in a massive mushroom cloud just recently. Strange.* http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/10/16/mystery-explosion-shatters-windows-lights-sky-in-louisiana/?test=latestnews

Candy Crowley: Are Obama, Romney Scared of A Journalist?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
Source: Newsy.

GAIA PORTAL: Removal of Gaia Grid Restrictions in Process

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 7 hours ago
*Removal of Gaia Grid Restrictions in Process* October 16, 2012 Removal of Gaia grid restrictions currently in process. Dome of containment still applies, however grid expansion and Higher D attunement continues. Point by point evaluation and restriction pin removal is occurring, allowing energetic upgrades among Gaia ground workers to proceed. Concomitant brightening of grid points is noted, and is viewable from Higher Perspective. Allows “standing up” for many undercovers. “Stand up” Hue-mans are invited to do so, as Higher Guidance so moves.

"The Winner Of The Game..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.” – Savielly Tartakover

Just the facts

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
John Cole catches best DNC page ever. As John says, this one puts the entire media to shame. And it's really funny. No spoilers. Trust me. Just click here and hit the button. On another note, I'm really sick today. Went to bed feeling crummy and woke up feeling worse. So laying low and comtemplating a nap even though I slept for eight hours. Hoping I make it to the debate tonight. [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

Mass Prison Break in Libya...after guards were bribed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Libya's Supreme Security Committee says 120 prisoners have escaped from jail in the capital city of Tripoli, where security guards are suspected of having accepted bribes to free them. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/mass-prison-break-libya_654582.html

STATE DEPT: Negotiations to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.4 Date-Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 19:19:34 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 11:49:34 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.760°N, 71.299°E Depth 172.7 km (107.3 miles) Region HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN Distances 22 km (13 miles) WNW of Ashkasham, Afghanistan

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake GUADELOUPE REGION, LEEWARD ISLANDS - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.2 Date-Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 19:03:22 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 03:03:22 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 16.158°N, 61.966°W Depth 174.4 km (108.4 miles) Region GUADELOUPE REGION, LEEWARD ISLANDS Distances 20 km (12 miles) WSW of Pointe-Noire, Guadeloupe

Underwater volcano erupts close to Minami-Iwoto island, Japan, could create new island

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
An underwater volcanic eruption was detected Wednesday morning close to Minami-Iwoto island in the Pacific Ocean and an expert speculated that the eruption could form a permanent island. http://www.boulderweekly.com/article-1538-underwater-volcano-e.html

Office building collapses in northeastern China, killing 6

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A four-story office building undergoing renovation collapsed in the northeastern region of China on early Monday morning, killing six people and injuring two others. Cause Unknown http://wireupdate.com/office-building-collapses-in-northeastern-china-killing-6.html

Who Bought Your Politician? Check With Our Embeddable Widget

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 8 hours ago
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"The Politics of Fear in America: A Nation at War with Itself"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"The Politics of Fear in America: A Nation at War with Itself"* by John W. Whitehead "Turn on the TV or flip open the newspaper on any given day, and you will find yourself accosted by reports of government corruption, corporate malfeasance, militarized police and marauding SWAT teams. Yet even more dangerous than these violations of our basic rights is the language they are couched in—the language of fear. And, as John Whitehead says in this week's vodcast, the only thing which will improve our present condition is the taming of our fear." - https://www.rutherford.org/

1400 evacuated in Germany after Kraft Foods leak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Chemical accident at a factory run by US food giant Kraft caused a cloud of poisonous gas. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jF-NXb433WPu6lHGKV6XddCqp1ZQ?docId=CNG.651314eb4a1fdeba381a2d2ab12d2b7d.41

Power substation explosion in Bulgaria’s Burgas caused serious damages

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
There are no casualties http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n290083

The Dalai Lama Calls for Climate Change Action by All World Leaders, Even Ours

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
Maybe Steve Harper should stop taking orders from his Beijing mandarins long enough to listen to the Dalai Lama. Speaking at MIT, the Dalai Lama warned that every nation will suffer if leaders don't recognize common interests and responsibilities in responding to climate change. “*Whether we can really solve these problems or not, we have to make an attempt, that’s how I feel,” the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said at a forum hosted by the The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, a nonprofit think tank at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology* . *...Rebecc... more »

Flight from Miami grounded at New Orleans airport for 2 hours after typhoid fever scare

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
An American Airlines plane from Miami was held for two hours on the tarmac at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport on Monday evening after a passenger suggested she might have been exposed to typhoid fever. http://www.nola.com/health/index.ssf/2012/10/flight_from_miami_grounded_at.html

Udupi: Man Killed, Two Others Injured in Bee Attack. India

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Udupi, Oct 15: A man was killed and two others were injured in a bee attack at Admar here on Monday October 15 evening. The deceased has been identified as Ligory D'Silva. http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=152717

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 4.8 Date-Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 17:51:59 UTC Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 03:51:59 AM at epicenter Location 5.500°S, 147.137°E Depth 225.6 km (140.2 miles) Region EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Distances 140 km (87 miles) N (6°) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG

Who Bought Your Politician? Check With Our Embeddable Widget

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 8 hours ago
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“Okay, Grandma’, It’s Your Turn in the Pokey”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Okay, Grandma’, It’s Your Turn in the Pokey”* by Douglas French "Proponents of liberty argue over what parts of the economy or society government should not touch. Government should get out the education business, stay out of health care, and even leave roads and infrastructure to the private sector. But when it comes to criminal justice, even many libertarians think government should supply the police and court system. And truly, government controls the criminal justice system. The results are tragic. The government determines who is a criminal and who is not. The rate of vi... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
*Kevin Cook (circled) in the BBC TV studio with Jimmy Savile in 1976. Kevin Cook claims that Savile molested him in a dressing room at the time* Top Of The Pops crew 'plucked girls from audience to abuse at parties'. Jon Bird told The Sun: 'One woman... says there were at least three members of backstage staff at Top of the Pops who used to take young girls to parties, where horrific and inappropriate things took place." *"Was Roger Ordish a consultant on 'minipops'?" ** http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218454/Top-Of-The-Pops-cameraman-crew-members-plucked-girls-audience-a... more »

CDC says another 19 people diagnosed with meningitis in U.S. outbreak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Another 19 people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis linked to possibly tainted vials of a steroid medication, bringing the total to 231 http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/16/us-usa-health-meningitis-cases-idUSBRE89E19V20121016

Think You're Creative? No, You're Just Sick

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
I'm not sure this will come as a surprise but there's a link between creativity and mental illness. It's no coincidence that so many great comedians, for example, are or have been manic-depressives. Now a study of more than a million subjects finds that creativity is often an actual part of mental illness. *Writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, the Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found.* *They were almost twice as likely as the general population to kill themselves. * *The dancers an... more »

Women Are "Too Diabolical" to Vote

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
That remark actually came from a woman, Tea Party leader Janis Lane, a former marketing manager who is now the Central Mississippi Tea Party president. Okay, now brace yourself. “*Our country might have been better off if it was still just men voting. There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women. They are diabolical in how [they] can skewer a person. I do not see that in men. The whole time I worked, I'd much rather have a male boss than a female boss. Double-minded, you never can trust them.*” *Asked about what part of the Tea Party platform would appeal to minor... more »

Catch of the Day

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
It goes to Glenn Kessler, Washington Post fact-checker, who decided to find out about Mitt Romney's promise of 12 million jobs and discovered that Romney's own documentation doesn't come close to adding up. Two points, perhaps obvious, to make about this. One is a point someone made on twitter this morning (and my apologies; I remember seeing it, but didn't save it): wait -- it took the Post's fact-checker, long after Romney's been running around with this 12 million number, to track down the campaign's evidence and look at it? Aren't there, you know, some reporters assigned to this... more »

That Other Pole - the Antarctic Is Also Changing Fast

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
In the northern hemisphere our focus is primarily on the Arctic and the vanishing sea ice. Australians tend to focus on their backyard, the Antarctic, and they're being warned that change is rapidly spreading. *The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) told a Senate estimates hearing today "rapid changes" taking place across the icy land mass would have significant impact on global climate.* *Changes in ocean flows and shifts in Antarctic ice cap levels were occurring at rates faster than at any other time in history, chief scientist Nick Gales said.* * ...Scientists were detecting ... more »

The Post goes after Ambassador Rice!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012* *Gearan and Lynch—misleading, bogus, not truthful:* Why is it always We Irish? On the front page of this morning’s Washington Post, Anne Gearan and Colum Lynch engage in the king’s latest spear attack. In a parody of journalistic practice, they pretend to report what Susan Rice said in the first few days after the fatal attack in Benghazi. Do Gearan and Lynch have any journalistic skill at all? If so, then they have deliberately misled the Post’s misused readers. Or some editor has recast whatever it was they wrote. What did Rice say on the Sunday shows... more »

Obama and Romney agree to cowardly debates

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
Russia Today US President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will face off for the second of three debates on Tuesday, but viewers awaiting the show-down shouldn't expect anything out of the ordinary: both candidates are contractually obliged to be boring. Tuesday's debate between the two rivals has been advertised as a town hall meeting with members of the audience asking the contenders hard questions on behalf of the average American. In reality, however, not those in attendance nor even the debate’s moderator will be allowed to press the two presidential candidates on the ... more »

The Olive Grove War Re-Ignites

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
How do you steal a Palestinian's land? It usually begins by destroying his olive groves. Destroy his livelihood and then you can claim the land unoccupied and build a settlement. It's the olive harvest on the West Bank and, true to form, Israeli settlers with the help of the Israeli Army are on the attack. The Palestinians are pleading for the international community to send observers to their lands, hoping this will force the Army to restrain the settlers' land grab. Maybe Ottawa could do the right thing for a change. Nah, forget it.

Coercing Silence

Storm at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
I began blogging about "education," in an attempt to define and understand the word when applied to a social system as well as in an attempt to discover the ways we are "taught" how to behave outside of those curricular and pedagogical walls. I asked myself, and what audience I might have imagined having, "What is a school?" I'm not sure I have met a definition that I would want to stand by as a "good." Much of what follows seems compelled out of me after reading this column by Glenn Greenwald in *The Guardian*, "Free Speech v 'Community'," and the impetus for this column comes ou... more »

Luke Walker Free to Travel: Family of British waitress 'beaten to death by her boyfriend in Crete' watch as court says he can return home to UK... because Greek judges are on STRIKE

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

Chinese world domination is not far off, a theme I normally come around to when I’ve had too much to drink or, in some cases, not enough to drink.

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 9 hours ago
By Ed West The United States of America has overshadowed all our lives. It is not just its financial and military muscle – in almost every sphere of human activity America’s dominance has dwarfed that of any other country in a way that even Victorian Britain was unable to achieve, especially in its hold on popular culture. Had a US city hosting the Olympics presented its national story in its opening ceremony it would have been instantly intelligible to much of the rest of the world; the opening to London’s Olympics was baffling to foreigners. And yet over the next few decades Amer... more »

You Can't Open the Door If You Won't Pick Up the Key

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
The keys to a Liberal comeback are at their feet. What remains doubtful is that they'll ever pick them up. Canada is facing a few enormous challenges. Let's call them, in the political context, "issues." Political parties either take up issues or treat them as non-issues. It's a matter of priority and political will and, sometimes, it's a matter of political courage and vision. There are several "red flag" issues that are ready-made for a Liberal champion and could put the party back on the path to power if only it stops treating them as non-issues. Among them are dismantli... more »

Germany plans to end euro crisis by giving EU far greater powers over national budgets... and excluding Britain from voting...Shocker!!!.......We didn't see that one Coming!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Germany's latest masterplan for saving the euro involves a huge transfer of power to Brussels by countries using the endangered currency. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218557/Germany-plans-end-euro-crisis-giving-EU-far-greater-powers-national-budgets--excluding-Britain-voting-single-currency-issues.html

When We Strengthen Women We Strengthen The World (Night out with Katherine Nelson)

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
Last week I was having one of those days. Not one of those days where your favorite shirt rips or your lose your keys, I was having one of those days that knocks the breath out of you and you wonder how you are going to get up the next day. By two in the afternoon I had used every ounce of emotional strength I had and I laid down and cried myself to sleep. When I woke up, the last thing I wanted to do was get dressed and leave the house, but I pulled myself together and I drove to Salt Lake City to attend a small private concert given by Katherine Nelson, I am so glad I did. I co... more »

Abu Zubaydah Poses a Real Threat to al Qaeda

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
9/11 Blogger Kevin Ryan Abu Zubaydah, a man once called al-Qaeda’s “chief of operations” appears to be at the center of an unraveling of the official myth behind al Qaeda. After his capture in early 2002, Zubaydah was the first “detainee” known to be tortured. The information allegedly obtained from his torture played a large part in the creation of the official account of 9/11 and in the justification for the continued use of such torture techniques. Yet in September, 2009, the U.S. government admitted that Zubaydah was never a member or associate of al Qaeda at all. These fac... more »

'Business as usual' as Hurricane Rafael closes in on Bermuda

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
If you think Bermuda is worried as a Category 1 hurricane closes in on the tiny Atlantic island, think again. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/16/world/americas/weather-rafael/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Picasso, Matisse, Monets stolen in $100M heist

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
"La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune" by Henri Matisse was one of several paintings stolen The greatest loss is to the public who may never see the paintings again Story Seven paintings by artists including Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet that are worth more than $100 million were stolen from a museum in Rotterdam in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The heist at the Kunsthal museum is one of the largest in years in the Netherlands, and is a stunning blow for the private Triton Foundation collection, which was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time. The collection was on... more »

"Legalized Plunder of the American People" - G. Edward Griffin

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
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Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
The Blaze Jason Howerton [image: Department of Justice Seeks Dismissal of Fast and Furious Lawsuit] The Justice Department on Monday night sought dismissal of a lawsuit by a Republican-led House committee demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder produce records about the botched law enforcement probe of gun-trafficking called Operation Fast and Furious. President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege and the attorney general has been found to be in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents that might explain what led the Justice Department to reverse course ... more »

Blue America Welcomes Back Patsy Keever (D-NC)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
The last time Patsy joined us for a chat she was going up against a conservative Democrat Steve Israel had recruited in the North Carolina primary. Patsy won-- and by a lot (Israel's candidate wound up with 26% of the vote)-- not just in her own Buncombe County but in every one of the district's seven counties. Since then she's been running a grassroots campaign for a seat held by one of the banksters' favorite patsies, Wall Street shill Patrick McHenry who represents part of the district in the current Congress. The video above is a TV ad-- except it's not on TV. Patsy Keever ... more »

Plea is presumed valid

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
*R v Husain, *2012 ONCA 697 deals with the presumption that a plea is valid. Absent some evidence to the contrary a plea made in open court will be assumed to be valid and a lack of precision in facts admitted or omissions to agree to specific details will not be taken to void the plea. The Court holds*:* [8] At the time the appellant entered his plea, he was represented by counsel and, as noted above, he does not raise an ineffective assistance of counsel ground on appeal. There is accordingly a presumption that his plea was valid. The appellant has not rebutted that p... more »


Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 11 hours ago
*by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy* A movie about and set in Texas starred mega-stars Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. It was a huge box office draw in the early 1960s! The state itself may have dictated the wide screen and mega stars --Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. The movie was GIANT! Giant, indeed! The photo (left) is of the famous Monahans Sandhills west of Odessa, Texas, a city with an interesting history as a destination of gunslingers and seekers after the many treasures that were said to have been buried in West Texas by the Spanish, outlaws and Mexican Revolutio... more »

Nigeria flood disaster ‘worst since 1948’ – More than 600,000 people displaced, 589 square miles of farmland destroyed – Crocodiles and hippos washed into homes

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 11 hours ago
[image: Houses are submerged in floodwaters in Idah Local Government Area, in Nigeria's central state of Kogi, 27 September 2012. Nigeria's worst flooding in decades has displaced more than 600,000 people in the centre of the country over the past week and stranded some villagers on rooftops. Afolabi Sotunde / REUTERS] By Felix Onuah and Tim Cocks 11 October 2012 LOKOJA, Nigeria (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday visited some of the hundreds of thousands of people made homeless by the country's worst flooding in at least five decades, calling it a 'natio... more »

U.S. to Help Create an Elite Libyan Force to Combat Islamic Extremists

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
New York Times Eric Schmidt The Pentagon and State Department are speeding up efforts to help the Libyan government create a commando force to combat Islamic extremists like the ones who killed the American ambassador in Libya last month and to help counter the country’s fractious militias, according to internal government documents. The Obama administration quietly won Congress’s approval last month to shift about $8 million from Pentagon operations and counterterrorism aid budgeted for Pakistan to begin building an elite Libyan force over the next year that could ultimately num... more »

Rotterdam Art heist nets Monet, Picasso and Matisse Worth Millions

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and other famous modern artists from a museum in Rotterdam on Tuesday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/16/entertainment-us-crime-dutch-paintings-idUSBRE89F0OX20121016

The wages of the press corps’ games!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012* *A punishing bit of history from our White House debates:* Last week, the pundit corps decided to run with Joe Biden’s troubling smiles. In the same way, they ran with Al Gore’s alleged sighs after his first debate with George Bush. In truth, the press corps made a bigger deal about Gore’s alleged lies after that first debate. By now, they have disappeared those bogus old claims. Today, they pimp Gore’s “loud,” “perpetual” sighs. They have craftily disappeared their bogus old claims about lying. Debate bullshit is all around us today. This latest repor... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Saints fans file class-action lawsuit against NFL, Goodell!!!* *Judges orders Goodell to provide NFL bounty documents ~WDSU*

Eddie Bullard's "The Myth and Mysteries of UFOs"

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 11 hours ago
(*Blogger’s Note*: A slightly different version of this review ran in the Summer 2012 Journal of Scientific Exploration.) *The Myth and Mysteries of UFOs*. By Thomas E. Bullard. Lawrence Kansas: University of Kansas Press, 2010. 417 pp. ISBN 978-0-7006-1729-6 UFO books run the gambit from slapped together pulp jobs with little thought to accuracy to Ph. D dissertations that rely on scholarship without a thought to style. Thomas (Eddie) Bullard’s book,* The Myth and Mysteries of UFOs*, is one that walks the fine line between over the top scholarship and the bottom of the barrel tr... more »

Pennylvania Governor Tom Corbett Signs Bill HR 367 Allowing Fracking On Pa. College Campuses, Doesn't Mention It During Widely Covered Press Conference, And It Looks Like There's A Media Blackout On The Story

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 11 hours ago
*Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett Signs HR367 Allowing Fracking On Pennsylvania College Campuses: * Pennsylvania's Republican House, Republican Senate, and Republican Governor Tom Corbett just passed HR367 which allows FRACKING ON PA. COLLEGE CAMPUSES and it looks like there's a MEDIA BLACKOUT on it, I have to hear of this from RUSSIAN TELEVISION and a liberal magazine: *RUSSIAN TELEVISION: Governor Corbett signs bill to allow fracking on Pennsylvania college campuses.* *MOTHER JONES MAGAZINE: Pennsylvania Fracking Law Opens Up Drilling on College Campuses: The state'... more »

New Bridges Column: The Origins of "Basic Research"

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 11 hours ago
My latest column for *Bridges* is out and it is titled, The Origins of "Basic Research." Here is how the column starts out: In any discussion of government science policies, it rarely seems to take long for someone to invoke the notion of "basic research." For instance, writing in The Washington Post last month, Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and US Representative Jim Cooper(D-TN) announced the "Golden Goose Awards" to "recognize the often-surprising benefits of science to society." In their appeal for more funding for scientific r... more »

Reality Check: Is This The End of The Petro-dollar?

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
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4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN ITALY - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude mb 4.8 Region SOUTHERN ITALY Date time 2012-10-16 15:10:59.0 UTC Location 39.74 N ; 15.61 E Depth 270 km Distance 18 km SW Scalea, Italy

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake KYUSHU, JAPAN - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 13:39:26 UTC Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10:39:26 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 31.227°N, 130.244°E Depth 171.9 km (106.8 miles) Region KYUSHU, JAPAN Distances 8 km (4 miles) WSW of Makurazaki, Japan

Gold Miner Threatens To Sack 23,500 Strikers....The Companies don't seem to bothered, plenty available for slave labor in America and Europe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
South Africa has issued an ultimatum to 23,500 staff to return to work by Thursday or face the sack http://news.sky.com/story/998495/gold-fields-mine-threatens-to-sack-strikers

Reaction To McGuinty's Departure CLEARLY Demonstrates The 'Messiah Wish' Of Many Federal Liberals

leftdog at Buckdog - 12 hours ago
*I'm only going to post a few words about the departure of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. The single thought I have on Dalton is a repetition of what I've posted here previously about the magical beliefs that seem to infest 21st Century Liberal Party thinking ..*.. *"Many Liberals believe in what can only be described as 'political alchemy'. They adhere religiously to the belief that if they can simply find the 'right' leader, they will in short order be returned to the halls of power - the political equivalent of turning base metal into gold."* *Buckdog*

Inequality is Monkey Business

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Even monkeys know inequality is just plain wrong

The Missing Famous Town Hall Debate Moment

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
The most famous Town Hall debate moment, as far as I can tell, came from the first time the format was used; it was the woman who asked George H.W. Bush how the deficit affected him personally (Adam Serwer talked about it today, thus providing proof that it's famous). But the other famous Town Hall debate moment should have been the startling one just four years ago, well into the age when you would think that nothing like this could happen unnoticed on TV with everyone watching. I've mentioned it before, but I bet you don't know what I'm talking about, do you? It's about John McCai... more »

The rise of tiny jobs — for tiny pay

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago

Joy-Ann Reid and the loaf of bread!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012* *Ten thousand hacks of Harvard:* We heard it last week at the bagel joint. In part for that reason, we were surprised when we heard Joy-Ann Reid say it to Lawrence last night. Reid is a Harvard grad (class of 91). She’s also a Standard Press Corps Hack, of the new pseudo-liberal variety. Good God! Yes, she authored these comments: O’DONNELL (10/15/12): When has a moderator ever gotten a candidate not to use a talking point in the history of televised debates? REID: I would argue that Martha Raddatz did it. But in these kinds of debates, town halls, it’... more »

EU Censors Alternative News in Bid to Dominate Narrative

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
*Western media quietly attempts to censor growing global opposition, begins with Iranian media. * Tony Cartalucci, *Contributor* **Iran's Press TV reported in their article, "Press TV viewers slam EU move to ban Iran channels as illegal, hypocritical," that "Press TV viewers have condemned as illegal and hypocritical the ban imposed by the European officials on the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels." Nearly no mention is made in the Western media regarding the blatant act of censorship - an act that runs contra to all perceived notions of "Western values," and an act... more »

Corporate Psychosis: Are You Exhibiting Symptoms?

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 12 hours ago
Bernie Suarez, *Contributor* The term ‘psychosis’ is used to describe a mental disorder in people; generally defined by *Stedman’s Medical Dictionary* as - ‘a mental disorder causing gross distortion or disorganization of a person’s mental capacity, affective response, and capacity to recognize reality, communicate, and relate to others to the degree of interfering with his capacity to cope with the ordinary demands of everyday life.‘ So if a person’s mental health is subjected to this ‘psychosis’ criteria why not corporations? Here is an argument that (esp. large mega-size) ‘... more »

Is It Time For The NDP In PEI?

leftdog at Buckdog - 12 hours ago
*The times are a changing on Prince Edward Island. The two old line partys may have had their day ... let's hope!* "*You don’t have to support the NDP to realize Islanders were best served when Dr Herb Dickieson served a single term in the provincial legislature. He held not only the Conservatives, but the Liberals accountable. He raised issues neither traditional party would. And he delivered results. Without his prodding one wonders whether key public investments like publicly funded daycare would be a reality today. The NDP drove that on to the public agenda.* * * *Something is ... more »

A date with destiny

Intercept at The Intercept - 12 hours ago
Herald Scotland Magnus Gardham HISTORY has been made after Alex Salmond and David Cameron signed the deal that will pave the way for a legally watertight independence referendum in 2014. David Cameron and Alex Salmond outside St Andrew's House before the signing of the historic Edinburgh Agreement.Scotland's voters are in control of their country's destiny after the two leaders signed the Edinburgh Agreement at the Scottish Government's headquarters, St Andrew's House, in the capital. An Order under Section 30 of the 1998 Scotland Act will transfer powers to Holyrood, allowing a... more »

Amazon May Soon Add Some Chips

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 13 hours ago
If you were in Jeff Bezos shoes would you buy the smartphone chip business of Texas Instruments (TI) who currently supply them with processors for their Kindle tablet? It’s an interesting question and one that Isreali finacial newspaper Calcalist claims is in advance stages of talks today. So you start of selling books on the Internet, extend that to media, open it up to create a marketplace, then to a wide range of other products, move to become a publisher and deal direct right back to manuscript, launch your own ereader, move into cloud based services, continue to grow both org... more »

Please Help Us Today

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
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If Flip-Flopping is a GOP Cardinal Sin, How can you Vote for Romney after that first Debate?

Robert Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
George W Bush practically built his re-election effort against John Kerry on the idea that even if you disagreed with him, you consistently knew where he stood on stuff. That commercial above is famous. And the US right in general … Continue reading →

Graph of the Day: Moisture Content and Groundwater Depletion in the U.S., September 2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: These maps combine data from the twin GRACE satellites with ground-based measurements to map the relative amount of water stored near the surface and underground as of 17 September 2012. The top map shows moisture content in the top 2 centimeters of surface soil; the middle map depicts moisture in the 'root zone,' or the top meter of soil; and the third map shows groundwater in aquifers. In all of the maps, September 2012 conditions remain significantly drier than the norm. Maps by Chris Poulsen, National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln] Cap... more »

Obama’s War Record

Intercept at The Intercept - 13 hours ago
Global Research Jack A. Smith [image: obamadoublespeak]When Sen. Barack Obama ran for the presidency in 2008 many wishful-thinking Democratic voters viewed him as a peace candidate because he opposed the Iraq war (but voted yes on the war budgets while in the Senate). Some others assumed his foreign/military policy would be along the lines of Presidents George H. W. Bush (whom Obama admires) or Bill Clinton. Some who identified as progressives actually thought his foreign/military policy might tilt to the left. Instead, center rightist that he is, Obama’s foreign/military policy ... more »

Popular Mechanics, May,1909

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
Googlebooks is a treasure trove. I never realized they had old magazines, like this one, *Popular Mechanics*, May, 1909. This 1923 issue of The Rotarian has a long article on James Davidson. I searched the term Formosa -- tons of stuff out there..... _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums! Delenda est, baby.

Pre-Debate Blather

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama may be Harvard Law School grads, but you wouldn't know it based on their abysmal understanding of basic contract law. The two campaigns had signed a "memorandum of understanding" in which they decreed that Candy Crowley's moderation role would be limited to introductions and enforcing time limits. The only problem is, they didn't tell her their rules and she isn't agreeing to them. She's been going around threatening to ask follow-up questions of the candidates if they don't come clean with their citizen-subject inquisitors. And Mitt and Barry are in pan... more »

Brodkorb - Says NO to MN Gay Marriage Amendment

2old2care at Because I Can - 13 hours ago
A little more drama today in Minnesota. Published October 13, 2012, 12:00 AM Reader's View: Constitutional amendments pushed by Republicans By: John C. Green, Duluth News Tribune It’s time that both constitutional-amendment issues on the ballot this election in Minnesota were “outed” for what they are: Republican ploys to generate votes from its conservative base. He is referring to both of the RWNJ amendments that are on the ballot in Minnesota this year. *That was published 3 days ago.* *Give that man a cigar!* Why?? Last night our local right wing mainstream media affiliate – W... more »

Halting extinctions would cost $80 billion per year; half of bankers’ bonuses

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 13 hours ago
[image: Arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus), a bird species on the IUCN Red List, is in danger of exxtinction, with only 2,136 UK breeding pairs known to exist. A study in the journal Science reports that governments need to spend $80 billion a year to halt extinctions of endangered animals and plants. rspb.org.uk]By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent 11 October 2012 (Reuters) – Governments need to spend $80 billion a year to halt extinctions of endangered animals and plants, many times current levels and only half the amount paid to bankers in bonuses last year, a study ... more »

Dr. Jacobs' Speech on Fukushima

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Dr. Robert Jacobs Explains The Meltdowns At Fukushima

31 Days of Photo Props: Toys

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
Have you entered the Owl Necklace Giveaway yet? When I worked in a portrait studio five or so years ago, one of the things they always pushed us to do was to get people to bring their own props from home. Why? A photo means a lot more if you are hugging the teddy bear you have had since you were born than if it is some random studio prop. When I schedule appointments of children I always ask if they have a favorite stuffed animal or doll. Even if you just snap a few pictures of them with their favorite toy and the majority of the session focuses elsewhere, they are going to be ha... more »

A Promise Not Kept: Profits Over People

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 14 hours ago
(Occasionally, I'm contacted by friends in legitimate journalism as well as ordinary readers like you and given news articles to read or pass along. Last night, I was emailed by my old friend Barbara O'Brien at the Mahablogwho's also involved with www.mesothelioma.com. At the top of the index page is a nuclear-tipped mortar of an article by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Cohn who uncovered during a three-month investigation Bain Capital's involvement with a steel mill. The results are perhaps the scummiest example of corporate greed ever, which, considering your typical corpo... more »

Koch Industries, other CEOs threaten employees with layoffs if President Obama is reelected

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: The billionaire Koch brothers have become the poster children for corporate influence on politics in the post-Citizens United era. Koch Industries, the Wichita, Kan.-based company run by the billionaire Koch brothers, sent a voter information packet to 45,000 employees of its Georgia Pacific subsidiary in October 2012, warning employees of layoffs if President Obama is reelected. inthesetimes.com] By Dylan Stableford 14 October 2012 (Yahoo! News) – Koch Industries, the Wichita, Kan.-based company run by the billionaire Koch brothers, sent a voter information packet to 45,... more »

Water: The Great Mystery

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 14 hours ago
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WHO LOST AMERICA: Flight from the truth!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012* *Part 2—Ruth Marcus, deep in the bag:* When Joe Biden’s smiles of an autumn night became the press corps’ Official Group Focus, we had to make an admission: We had been wrong! For some time! In the age of Obama; in the age of MSNBC; in the age which started after Iraq, we didn’t think we’d see it again! We didn’t think we’d see the mainstream pundit corps align with the right on so stupid a focus—on a stupid, simple-minded focus designed to defeat Obama. The fact that this alliance occurred last week sends us back to the drawing board (see THE DAILY HO... more »

Tensions Between China and Japan Flare: Japan Vulnerable

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
China warns US against involvement in island issue http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121015_30.html [Excerpted] A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman has warned against the United States' becoming involved in an issue between Japan and China. This came in response to a remark by a senior US official expressing understanding for Japan's moves on the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. The islands are controlled by Japan. China and Taiwan also claim them.... China Row Hangs Over Japanese GDP The Wall Street Journal by Chester Dawson and James T. Areddy October 12 http://online... more »

Two Party Oligarchy Vs. The People

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Auction 2012: Two-Party Oligarchy Vs. The People http://youtu.be/TQAH8DlemFE

A Tsunami Hits A DMCA Safe Harbour?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 14 hours ago
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, service providers are allowed ‘safe harbour’ on content posted, but must act on any infringement notice that is served on them. Pretty straight forward and it is a process that happens everyday. However, it can break down and go wrong and in the case one notice appears to have closed down not one piece of content infringement but 1.5 million teacher and student blog articles. Pearson raised a takedown notice on ServerBeach who host Edublogs' websites. Edublog claims to be the oldest and second largest WordPress Multisite setup on the w... more »

Life in the 'concentration camp' that is Gaza - New iPhones snapped up in Gaza despite high prices, poverty

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
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