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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

16 October - Blogs I'm Following

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 20: Michael Horowit...
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 20: Michael Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice, testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill, September 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony from Mr. Horowitz, on his report of the failures of Operation Fast and Furious. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Attempting to block integration at the Univers...
Attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama, Governor stands defiantly at the door while being confronted by Deputy U.S. Attorney General . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Richard Cordray running for Ohio Atto...
English: Richard Cordray running for Ohio Attorney General (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy speaking to...
Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy speaking to a crowd of African Americans and whites through a megaphone outside the Justice Department; sign for Congress of Racial Equality is prominently displayed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nigeria forced evictions
Nigeria forced evictions (Photo credit: Amnesty International)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08:  U.S. Attorney G...
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing about the controversial the 'Operation Fast and Furious' gun running program on Capitol Hill, on November 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. 'Operation Fast and Furious' was set up to be a sting set up by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that allowed weapons to be purchased from Arizona gun shops by Mexican drug cartels to trace cross boarder gun trafficking. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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"Legalized Plunder of the American People" - G. Edward Griffin

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 minutes ago
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Intercept at The Intercept - 12 minutes 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! - 15 minutes 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 - 18 minutes 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 - 33 minutes 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 - 33 minutes 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 - 36 minutes 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 - 39 minutes 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 - 48 minutes 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 - 50 minutes ago
*Saints fans file class-action lawsuit against NFL, Goodell!!!*

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

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 56 minutes 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago
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Bill Clinton Explains Mitt Romney's Tax Plan

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 1 hour ago
Essentially it's this: your taxes go up; Mitt and Bill's taxes go down.

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake KYUSHU, JAPAN - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago
Even monkeys know inequality is just plain wrong

The Missing Famous Town Hall Debate Moment

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour ago

Joy-Ann Reid and the loaf of bread!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour 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 - 1 hour 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 - 2 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 - 2 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 »

Fox News Put Strenuous Spin on VP Debate

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 2 hours ago
Fox News really went far out of their way on Thursday night to spin the debate performance by Joe Biden. Jon Stewart reports.

A date with destiny

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 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 - 2 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 (Or We'll Die)

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 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 - 2 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 hours ago
Dr. Robert Jacobs Explains The Meltdowns At Fukushima

31 Days of Photo Props: Toys

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 hours ago
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WHO LOST AMERICA: Flight from the truth!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 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 - 3 hours ago

Eco-Collapse Looming?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
Fukushima Diary reports: Fukushima citizen, “We didn’t see bugs this summer, children are made carry a portable shrine in black rain” Majia Here: I've reported previously on the disappearing cockroaches from my yard, beginning in Aug of 2011. (Cockroaches MIA http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/more-on-missing-cockroaches.html ) June bugs were also missing in action this spring. We have seen a lot of butterflies this fall, so they seem unaffected (August is peak butterfly season for my county) However, one of my graduate students noted that the sticky tape he puts out to catch ... more »

While everyone is increasing Tax in Europe.....Merkel urges tax cuts to boost German growth

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago

5.9 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude mb 5.9 Region KURIL ISLANDS Date time 2012-10-16 12:41:25.0 UTC Location 49.59 N ; 156.55 E Depth 80 km Distance 408 km S Petropavlovsk-kamchatskiy

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 16th October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Magnitude mb 6.2 Region KURIL ISLANDS Date time 2012-10-16 12:41:25.0 UTC Location 49.58 N ; 156.50 E Depth 80 km Distance 411 km S Petropavlovsk-kamchatskiy

Costa Concordia: don't blame Francesco Schettino, say supporters..........Who should we Blame then?, the bloody Rock?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Lets not forget that 32 people died whilst he got in a lifeboat. He was the Captain and in Charge, And he was responsible for every last person on that Ship. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9611581/Costa-Concordia-dont-blame-Francesco-Schettino-say-supporters.html

Tuesday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
Democrats are struggling to explain the math behind the Romney-Ryan tax cut proposal. Such forest-for-the-trees stuff isn’t really helping. They need to make the big argument: Romney’s policies are the same failed policies offered during the Bush Administration, and … Continue reading →

EU Censors Alternative News in Bid to Dominate Narrative

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 4 hours ago
Western media quietly attempts to censor growing global opposition, begins with Iranian media. *by Tony Cartalucci * *October 16, 2012* - 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 ... more »

Longtime Conservative Dream Within Grasp: Building An American Oligarchy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Romney’s Tax Plan: Half a Billion Tax Free For Guys Like Him -by Bob Lord* Tagg, the son of a wealthy executive, marries at an early age and has five children. He’s devout in his religious beliefs, and gives generously to his church. This is the story of how he might fare under the Romney tax plan, if enacted. By choosing private equity as his career path he’ll likely fare very well and could even pay no taxes at all. *Stage One: The Early Years as a Private Equity Apprentice-- Capitalizing on The Romney Plan’s Exemption For Investment Income and Existing Middle Class Tax Prefer... more »

China's influence on Taiwan's media expands?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*Life, available on GoogleBooks, has a large number of articles on Formosa. If you made me guess, I'd say these bombers are hitting targets in southern Formosa, perhaps Kaohsiung. Is the long island in the center-right Cijin Island? Maybe Taiwan Airpower knows....* WaPo says it all. Jimmy Lai sells his Taiwan media organs to Jeffrey Koo, Jr. of the powerful Koo family, and Wang Yen-wen of the Formosa group (according to WantWant, the pro-China rag run by the owner of another powerful conglomerate), both from clans that have extensive business interests in China.... “The expected ... more »

Heading For The Exit

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 4 hours ago
Very few politicians have the good sense to quit while they're ahead. And so it was with Dalton McGunity. Perhaps he figured he would go down to defeat in the last election. And he would have, if Tim Hudak's Conservatives had not imploded. In opposition, the party could have renewed itself in the traditional way. But to almost everyone's surprise, McGuinty almost won a third majority mandate. One seat may not seem like much. But, sometimes, it is everything. Faced with difficult labour negotiations, he needed that one seat to pass a wage freeze. So he convinced Elizabeth Witmer t... more »

Mn Voter ID - Former US Secty of Ag - Wouldn't be Able to Vote

2old2care at Because I Can - 4 hours ago
Minnesota will have an amendment on the ballot in November that would put in to effect an UNFUNDED vague ALEC Voter ID restriction for Minnesotans. The Uptake – which is an excellent news source for Minnesota and Wisconsin (and around the larger area) posts bits of news that the main stream media does not cover – but is an extremely important webpage. *First you need to know this (from Wiki):* Orville Lothrop Freeman (May 9, 1918 – February 20, 2003) was an American Democratic politician who served as the 29th *Governor of Minnesota from January 5, 1955 to January 2, 1961*, and as ... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Bryce Harper, 20. Wow. Hey, b-r has updated the most-similar lists. Ready? Remember, it has to be guys who played at 19....#1 is the great George Davis, followed by Ott, Kaline and Cobb. Not bad! Although in case you're wondering, Trout's list is even better. Once again, a great time to be a baseball fan. Also, some of the good stuff: 1. A cool chart tracing the states in presidential elections since 1952. From the Mike Bostock and Shan Carter at the NYT. 2. Which goes nicely with Simon Jackman on swing states now, before the first debate, and in 2008. 3. There's... more »

Earth is (rapidly) changing - our cosmic disconnection...

address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 4 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/woVitezc-zU *Note:* due to maintenance works our village will be cut off from electricity on Oct. 17. I use the opportunity to clean up my office, computer and update software. So I may be off until next week. Hope to see you then again. Stay safe! John


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 4 hours ago
*Corps didn’t follow instructions when installing gauges in canals ~Steve Meyers, The Lens* *Ivor van Heerden to Begin Preparation for Trial ~Levees.org* *New call for regional hurricane protection* *Nagin's sons subpoenaed ~WVUE* *Louisiana Draws Line in the Sand in Fight against Coastal Erosion* *Halloween costumes are going to the dogs ~WWL* *New Orleans Film Festival: Experimental Music Takes Center Stage for 'Liquid Land' Premiere ~NOLA DEFENDER*

U.S. special forces on stand-by for strike on Libya in retaliation for consulate attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
The White House has put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into the skies above Africa, ready to strike militant targets from Libya to Mali http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218332/U-S-special-forces-stand-looming-Libya-strike.html

Tomas Puerta mauled to death by brown bear on his way to collect groceries for his colleagues, Alaska

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Alaskan authorities believe Tomas Puerta was savaged by a brown bear after being forced to land his skiff when the engine failed http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218385/Alaskan-forester-mauled-death-brown-bear-way-collect-groceries-workmates.html

Homeless and hungry: Sobering images of Camden, New Jersey, expose brutal poverty plaguing America's most destitute city

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago
Camden is now the most impoverished city in the U.S., with nearly 32,000 of its 77,000 residents living below the poverty line. While New Jersey's unemployment rate is about 9.9 per cent, Camden's is estimated to be a staggering 19 per cent. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218283/Homeless-hungry-Sobering-images-Camden-New-Jersey-expose-poverty-plaguing-United-States-destitute-city.html

First Lady claims her husband has led a 'great recovery'....Are you sure Michelle?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago

Farewell Dalton (and no he was not born in Kenya!)

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 4 hours ago
It is remarkable just how vicious are some of the blogosphere comments about the Premier. I myself think the Premier has done a pretty good job and, on a personal level, is an amiable and decent man. In fact, broadening it to both genders I have found all MPPs to be decent and honourable people trying hard to do their best for Ontario (some, granted, aren't really amiable). I can appreciate others have a different view of how good a job the Premier has done - that's politics - but I cannot understand the demonization. Suggesting, as one writer did, that Dalton was Satan (more than ... more »

The Secrets of Water

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago

Colorado Marijuana legalization has more projected votes than Obama and Romney

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
Jesse Warren image J.G. Vibes The debates may still be on every television channel and the artificially generated hype may be just as heavy as every other election year, but more and more people are starting to see the two major political parties as being just two heads on the same beast. Just this week Time‘s Mark Halperin published a copy of the 21-page agreement that the Obama and Romney campaigns negotiated establishing the rules for this month’s debates, further exposing the fraud of the electoral system. People are beginning to understand that fundamental changes need t... more »

Cloud of Green smoke rises menacingly after factory fire in Cadishead, Salford

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The plume of smoke was spewed from a waste disposal site in Cadishead, Salford. Fire crews discovered that the cloud had been caused by a fire in a drum shredding machine. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218426/Green-cloud-smoke-left-hovering-houses-waste-disposal-factory-fire.html

Gary McKinnon's Extradition To US Blocked by Theresa May

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
The self-confessed computer hacker cannot be sent to the US because of fears for his health, the Home Secretary announces. http://news.sky.com/story/998312/gary-mckinnon-may-blocks-extradition-to-us

Sickening moment a vulnerable pensioner was karate-kicked in the back by a young thug wearing a Smurf T-shirt

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A second man jumped on the stricken man's chest. Police branded it a 'sickening, cowardly attack'. We sure live in a sick society when scum like this will probably get no more than a warning and a slap on the wrist. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218079/Wolverhampton-Bus-Station-Sickening-moment-pensioner-karate-kicked-thug-Smurf-T-shirt.html

European Commission Claims 85% of EU citizens believe that Europe should continue helping developing countries despite the economic crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*WHO THE HELL DID THEY ASK!!, so let me get this straight...hmm 85%, they have Approx 510 million Citizens of Europe who believe that funding should continue, .......Why can't I find one? * * * http://www.4-traders.com/news/European-Commission-Yes-to-more-solidarity-towards-the-poorest-countries-broad-support-for-develo--15386969/

Inflation drops to lowest level for three years but not too worry, benefits will still rise faster than wages...So much for Cameron Tackling Welfare state....What does he do exactly?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago

Our World is Changing: Looking Beyond 'the 2012'

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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JFK's secret speech announcing start of WW3 written at the height of Cuban Missile Crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
*WEAPONS SPARKED TERROR WITHOUT EVER BEING FIRED* The strategic nature of the Russians' nuclear weapons was one of the reasons why their close proximity caused such alarm at the White House. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218288/Cuban-Missile-Crisis-Robert-Kennedys-notes-reveal-US-invasion-plans-brought-WWIII.html

Humanity is Rising

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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Canadians Discover That The US Is Now A Police State

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 5 hours ago
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Japanese government is "on alert" after Chinese warships were seen sailing close to one of its islands in the East China Sea

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago


Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Up to 45,000 Australian household cannot always afford food http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/15135878/anglicare-says-thousands-going-hungry/

Decriminalize Drug Possession, UK Experts Say

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 6 hours ago
Phillip Smith *Stop The Drug War* In a report six years in the making, the United Kingdom Drug Policy Commission, a non-governmental advisory body chaird by Dame Edith Runciman, has called for a reboot of British drug policy and for decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. The report, A Fresh Approach to Drugs, found that the UK is wasting much of the $4.8 billion a year it spends fighting illegal drugs and that the annual cost to the country of hard drug use was about $20 billion. A smarter set of drug policies emphasizing prevention, diversion... more »

So How Many Extra Staff Will You Be Taking on This Chistmas?

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 6 hours ago
How many companies can you identify that will be taking on 60,000 temporary seasonal staff this year? We have already written about the 10,000 additional staff Amazon intend to take on in the UK and now it has announced they will be joined by some 50,000 additional staff in the US! In effect Amazon will be doubling their workforce over the holiday season and that indicates the significant sales uplift that they expect that they will have to cope with. This is in addition to all the sales they make commission on through their marketplace which are shipped by their partners. It als... more »

E.coli cases linked to Flicks restaurant in Belfast...Bet that is good for business!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Twenty confirmed and 118 probable cases of E.coli have been linked to a restaurant in north Belfast, health authorities have said. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/ecoli-cases-linked-to-flicks-restaurant-in-belfast-8213141.html

'Tricked by the banks. Plundered by the government': Duped savers battle Spain's bailed-out banks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago

Malala: Hospital Arrests As Shot Girl Recovers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
A number of people have been arrested after turning up at a hospital claiming to be related to Malala Yusufzai, http://news.sky.com/story/998328/malala-hospital-arrests-as-shot-girl-recovers
( Apropos of ongoing stories against Muslims involving girls - I am reminded of the Afghan disfigurement story about cutting off a nose which turned out to be a hoax as much as anything else. So - a bit of salt with these reports ) 

Update: Falun Township Reserves Their Ban On Lunch Lady, Annica Eriksson Serving Children Healthful & Nuturious Food

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
Annica Eriksson Source: http://www.dt.se/nyheter/falun/1.5164427-hembakat-brod-passar-inte-i-skolmatsalenBan on lunch lady's food a 'misunderstanding' The Local News, Sweden, 9 October 2012 *A lunch lady whose food was "too good" for students at a Swedish school will be able to continue offering her tasty concoctions after local authorities said the episode was a "misunderstanding" -- an explanation that doesn't sit well with the cook.* “It feels like a stab in the back,” Annica Eriksson, the cook at Vikaskolan in *Falun*, told The Local. Eriksson sparked reactions around the... more »

Economy: Inflation Nears Three Year Low

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago

Getting closer to Winter

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

Lunch Lady, Annica Eriksson in Falun, Sweden Reprimanded For Serving Healthful And Nutrious Food

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 7 hours ago
Annica Eriksson - The Lunch Lady Source: http://www.dt.se/nyheter/falun/1.5164427-hembakat-brod-passar-inte-i-skolmatsalenLunch lady slammed for food that is 'too good' TheLocal.Se, October 6, 2012 *A talented head cook at a school in central Sweden has been told to stop baking fresh bread and to cut back on her wide-ranging veggie buffets because it was unfair that students at other schools didn't have access to the unusually tasty offerings.* Annica Eriksson, a lunch lady at school in Falun, was told that her cooking is just too good. Pupils at the school have become accusto... more »

Enthusiasm about the economics Nobel prize: Roth and Shapley

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 7 hours ago
*Related to games:* CERN and Angry Birds, the world's most widely played (not only) iPhone game, will team up and create a game or games in which Angry Birds will teach quantum physics to the kids. Looking forward to see it. ;-) The Nobel memorial prize for economics went to Lloyd Shapley, a Stanford emeritus professor, a mathematician residing in Cambridge, Massachusetts (I must have met him during a society dinner but I hadn't know him in advance so I probably didn't appreciate it as much as I should have), and a man who is considered to be nearly synonymous with game theory. H... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 7 hours ago
* **Savile organised a trip by Broadmoor hospital patients to Windsor Great Park (above)* *1. *Jimmy Savile ran unsupervised 'girls-only' parties at the Broadmoor high security psychiatric hospital in England. *Jimmy Savile scandal: Sexual predator ran girls-only parties at hospital away ...* *Broadmoor, home to Ronnie Kray and various serial killers.* * 2.* Savile arranged for 60 Broadmoor patients, including convicted murderers, to be granted early release. Jimmy Savile scandal: Sexual predator ran girls-only parties at hospital away ... *3.* Savile organised a day trip for Br... more »

Rebekah Brooks walked away 'with £7m pay-off'....and they say Crime doesn't pay

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago

FDA: Injectible drugs from Mass. facility suspect in Deadly meningitis Outbreak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago

Hurricane Paul: Pacific hurricane becomes a Category 3 storm as it nears Mexico

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The government of Mexico issued a hurricane warning Monday for parts of the west coast of Baja California as Hurricane Paul became a major storm. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/15/world/americas/hurricane-paul/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Possible tornado hits Monroe Co., Miss.; significant damage reported

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
A roof of a home was removed with numerous trees downed about three miles south southeast of the town of Wren at around 7:04 p.m. Sunday. http://www.examiner.com/article/possible-tornado-hits-monroe-co-miss-significant-damage-reported

Unknown fever fast spreading in Tamu, Myanmar

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Dengue is Suspected but not confirmed. http://e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=news_section.News_Links.News_Links_2012.Unknown_fever_fast_spreading_in_Tamu_town_20121015

The oligarchs of the West keep churning their wheels but only manage to get deeper into the mud

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
*The oligarchs of the West keep churning their wheels but only manage to get deeper into the mud* Posted by Benjamin Fulford October 15, 2012 Last week 20,000 bureaucrats, journalists and government officials descended on Tokyo for a WB (World Bankrupt) and IMF (International Masturbation Fund) meeting and accomplished exactly nothing. The meeting was a total waste of time because neither of these two Western-controlled institutions are willing to hand over control to the people and countries of the world. As a result, the 180 or so countries that are kept out of the control ro... more »

Klyuchevskaya Sopka: Highest volcano in Eurasia, Russia starts erupting

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Yellow aviation color code has been assigned to the volcano to warn about the potential danger that the volcanic ash and gases may pose to aircraft engines. http://english.pravda.ru/news/science/15-10-2012/122452-Klyuchevskaya_Sopka-0/

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
“If you knew for absolute certain that every little thing you did today would later be scrutinized, literally moment by moment, by a future you, and future friends, as well as anyone else interested, and you'd all be looking for a number of qualities, especially patience, kindness, and love, during this game of games and test of tests called life, how might you treat the very next person you see after reading this Note? Popcorn, anyone? Twizzlers? Ouh, watch...! Ahhhhh...” "Yeah," The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" www.tut.com

Small tornado reported in Mayfield; one injured

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Only one injury was reported after the storm on Sunday, but property damage included the scoreboard toppled at War Memorial Stadium. http://www.courierpress.com/news/2012/oct/15/small-tornado-reported-in-mayfield-one-injured/

Oil spill off Louisiana coast hasn't stopped, federal notice sent to BP

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
After the US Coast Guard determined that an oil sheen off the Lousiana coast consisted of oil matching the Deepwater Horizon spill from April 20, 2010, a federla notice was sent to BP http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/10/11/18723565.php

Job Figures: Number Of Young Out Of Work Soars...And that is without cooki....Sugarcoating the Figures!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The number of young people out of work for longer than two years has more than doubled since 2008. A new study by The Prince's Trust showed a 168% increase, with an even bigger jump in 18 to 24-year-olds out of work for at least six months. http://news.sky.com/story/998151/job-figures-number-of-young-out-of-work-soars

Thai Mother Allegedly Kills, Eats Sons...She thought they were Pigs (Aug 2012)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
She had suffered from hallucinations in the Past. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/thai-mother-kills-cooks-eats-sons_n_1818204.html

Planet with 4 stars found by armchairs astronomers

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
As many sources mention, users at the website Planet Hunters.ORG have found a planet 5,000 light years away that orbits four Suns. To celebrate the website, it was called PH1. The observation was made by watching variations in the brightness and it was reported on the arXiv in the decently looking article Planet Hunters: A Transiting Circumbinary Planet in a Quadruple Star System The mass of it is about 100+ Earth masses or 0.5 Jupiter masses. The planet's radius exceed the Earth radius by a factor of six. If the four stars had generic distances, velocities, and masses, they could... more »

Good Times Are Coming!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago

UK has anti-alien war weapons, former defense adviser claims

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A former adviser to the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense claims that the country has stockpiled weapons capable of defending against an alien invasion. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/278438/scitech/technology/uk-has-anti-alien-war-weapons-former-defense-adviser-claims

Custodian - book one of the Free Planet novel series?

Mike Philbin at FREE PLANET - 10 hours ago
This blog Free Planet deals with issue associated with 'freeing mankind from the corporate yoke of financial slavery' and there's been a spin-off, the Free Planet novel. 80,000 words at this crucial second draft, and something magical happened. The novel ended, after a series of cuts and rewrites to the finale, and I realised I 'could' leave it there. Or... I could go ahead and announce that this novel is actually the 'first of a series' of Free Planet novels. As you'll see from the reworked cover for this first novel in the Free Planet series, it has become *book one: CUSTODIAN*... more »

EU and the Peace Prize (Round 3): M Tsvangirai should have Won

Robert Kelly at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
(Here and here is the previous Duck debate on this.) The EU? Over a guy regularly facing down death-threats, bullying, and intimidation from one of the worst dictators on earth? Boo to the Nobel Committee for missing this obvious choice. … Continue reading →

One Foot Slime Mold and Swamp Gas

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
The slime mold continues to surprise and impress. Note here that this particular species is a cell one foot across. It is full of individual nuclei. Now imagine this cell filling itself up with methane. It quickly becomes a huge bubble of methane that will naturally rise in the atmosphere. Thus we have physical confirmation of the plausibility of methane filled slime molds tripping to the stratosphere. The actual transition remains unobserved and unremarked but the astonishing size such cells can reach almost make it inevitable. This also makes real sense out of the early... more »

Growing Up With Sasquatch

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
What is now happening, is that the increased publicity and the internet has made it possible for shy witnesses to come forward to well established data collectors such as Lon on the Natural plane Blog. Substantial and important reports are now coming out and all have the internal veracity of producing completely new information that is also highly consistent. This one confirms an expected datum and an unexpected datum. The expected datum is that the creature is able to take advantage of garbage in the same way as bears do but is also able to be generally surreptious abou... more »

Graphene Tunnel Barrier

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
It turns out that graphene makes an ideal tunnel barrier for establishing spin states and the resultant architecture for memory. Step by step we are reinventing solid state chips onto graphene and will end up with far superior hardware. This is a revolution that just keeps on giving us rapid advances. As I have posted before, all imagined technologies are already with us or simply happening. What is lagging is their adoption and acceptance although that is a logistical problem been overcome. *Graphene tunnel barrier makes its debut* *Oct 8, 2012 * * Yet an... more »

Roman Hades

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is surely a deliberate representation of the river Styx and the undoubted progenitor of the story laid down by Virgil. The original establishment appears to be the sixth century long before Rome was even important and was operated as a working shrine possibly until the reassembled books were themselves destroyed in the fourth century AD. That was also about when the western empire collapsed and it is reasonable that the effort to fill in the tunnels took place a lot later at the behest of the Roman Church for good religious reasons. The full extent of the tunnelin... more »

FRANCE: Jewish community subjected to unprecedented wave of anti-semitic attacks by Muslims | BARE NAKED ISLAM

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
http://www.barenakedislam.com/2012/10/15/france-jewish-community-subjected-to-unprecedented-wave-of-anti-semitic-attacks-by-muslims/ Meanwhile in the UK the BBC prefer to worry about reporting such attacks in case it increases the threat of Islamophobia. To the BBC Muslims must be protected whilst Jews can suffer.
( Meanwhile Islamophobia and associated manufactured 'Islamofascism'  - an oxymoron -  are psyops initiatives to whip up hate and paint a Strawman picture of an 'enemy'  in the style of the Crusades religious war - a particularly nasty variation of state hatemongering

Kudzu - More Than Just an Invasive Species

Contrary to the plant’s outward manifestations, its medicinal effects can induce moderation. Photo courtesy: Benjamin Miller/Free Stock Photos.biz Kudzu is a legume (Pueraria lobata) that specializes in overabundance in our Southern states. Southerners who weave baskets from kudzu, herds of goats and cattle, even herbicides can’t keep up with its growth, which can cover farm equipment and small buildings in one season if not checked. Each vine grows at least a foot every week. Having only known kudzu from watching acres of it fly by as I traveled by train in the South, I was surpr... more »

Record breaking jump: Daredevil Felix Baumgartner

Megaan at Current news updates, World current news - 11 hours ago
*Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner plummeted into the record books Oct. 14, breaking the mark for highest-ever skydives after leaping from a balloon more than 24 miles over Earth's exterior a standard that has lasted more than half a century.* Baumgartner will try to break a 52-year-old record by skydiving from 23 miles. He wills effort to break the sound barrier while in dive. *The crane follows the balloon with the capsule carrying pilot Felix Baumgartner at the flight line throughout the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico, in this October 14, 2... more »

By-election watch: Calgary Centre Grits hope to benefit from Justin Trudeau’s reflected glow

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
Justin Trudeau passes through the Calgary Centre riding, as seen by the media. Actual Liberal Party of Canada leadership candidates may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Conservative Party candidate Joan Crockatt, still the front-runner in the by-election that hasn’t been called yet; Liberal candidate Harvey Locke looking outdoorsy; the real Mr. Trudeau. With the ... more »

Spider Silk May Be Used in Biodegradable Computer Chips

Spider silk is being widely researched for its amazing qualities. Photo courtesy: PhoTones_TAKUMA/CC BY-SA 2.0 Researchers have been trying to crack the code of spider silk for years. Its properties make it ideal for so many uses, but so far its recipe has remained the secret of spiders. Yet that doesn't mean researchers aren't coming up with amazing ways to use the silk spiders produce themselves. And this time, it's computer chips. According to Wired, "Light can travel through a silk strand as easily as it does through a fiber optic cable" as discovered by physicist Nolwenn Huby ... more »

Optimal Tax Policy

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 12 hours ago
A group of top economists was asked what they thought about this statement: "Taxing capital income at a permanently lower rate than labor income would result in higher average long-term prosperity, relative to an alternative that generated the same amount of tax revenue by permanently taxing capital and labor income at equal rates instead." There was not unanimity, but about three times as many economists agreed than disagreed.

October 15, 1972

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
The President and his Chief of Staff, Bob Haldeman, are at Camp David. From Haldeman's Diary: "P called me over first thing this morning. He had read The Washington Post, which has the major front page story on [White House appointments secretary] Dwight Chapin being the director of the Segretti espionage activity." First up in this conversation: abuse of power. -- President Nixon: One thing we did do I think rather cleverly was to review [Democratic National Committee Chair Lawrence] O'Brien's income tax returns. I think that's why he's so Goddamn silent. Haldeman: That's right... more »

Let it Start Here

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
h/t Cowichan Conversations

Iran may induce ‘environmental disaster’ in Strait of Hormuz, Der Spiegel reports

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Secret plan — dubbed ‘Murky Waters’ — would reportedly force West to participate in cleanup, ease sanctions*. http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-may-induce-environmental-disaster-in-strait-of-hormuz-der-spiegel-reports/

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

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours ago
*Obama and Romney both agree on one point: Do not debate 9/11*. "I'm aware that there are still some who would question or even justify the offense of 9/11, but let us be clear. Al-Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people on that day. The victims were innocent men, women, and children from America and many other nations who had done nothing to harm anybody. And yet Al-Qaeda chose to ruthlessly murder these people, claimed credit for the attack, and even now states their determination to kill on a massive scale. They have affiliates in many countries and are trying to expand their reach. ... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours 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 - 12 hours ago

Cameron kicks off two-year fight for Union

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours 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! - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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
( Gary is a source in the UFOlogy alien integration into Earth's military stories ) 

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours 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

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 Duck of Minerva - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 14 hours ago

Why Does The Government Care So Much About Vaccinating You?

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 15 hours ago
Renton, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

What We Gave Up

Mark Daniels at GLOBAL POLITICAL AWAKENING - 15 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 »
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