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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

17 October - Blogs I'm Following II

Human Trafficking (TV miniseries)
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English: Illustration from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn of the King and the Duke being tarred and feathered and ridden on a rail after attempting to perform "The Royal Nonesuch." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 09: Comedian Fred Armisen arrives for the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Comedy at the Kennedy Center on November 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. Tina Fey, creator of the television show 30 Rock, is the recipient of this year's prize. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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Hollande hits out at Merkel's austerity focus while warning recession and budget deficits are equal threats ahead of key EU summit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 minutes ago
Troubled eurozone states should have the leeway to stimulate internal demand with salary rises and tax cuts, Mr Hollande told Le Monde and five other European newspapers in a joint interview. Well.. she is allowing Tax Cuts.....In Germany at least http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219280/European-Union-summit-Francois-Hollande-hits-Angela-Merkel-focusing-austerity.html

Greece braces for Another general strike over austerity

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 minutes ago
It will be the country's 20th national stoppage since the debt crisis erupted two years ago and comes as EU leaders meet in Brussels. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19986804

"Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Great Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 minutes ago
"Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips for Living a Great Life" by Henrik Edberg "You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer and also a humorist, satirist and lecturer. Twain is known for his many – and often funny – quotes. Here are a few of my favorite tips from him. 1. Approve of yourself. “A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” If you don’t approve of yourself, of your behavior and actions then you’ll probably walk around most of the day with a sort of uncomfortable feelin... more »

Rights group recounts Gadhafi's last bloody moments; calls for justice

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 minutes ago
It's an iconic piece of video. For more than three minutes, you see a mob of enraged men toss Moammar Gadhafi around like a broken mannequin. Suspicion -- rather than order and forgiveness -- continues to grip Libya, the rights group suggests, and justice is being ignored. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/17/world/gadhafi-death-report/

Suicide 'Insider' Attack Kills Six in Afghanistan

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 minutes ago
A member of the Afghan intelligence service detonated a suicide vest Saturday, killing two Americans and four Afghan intelligence agency colleagues http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/17/world/asia/suicide-insider-attack-kills-six-in-afghanistan.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Kuwait's emir warned at opposition protest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 minutes ago
Several protesters were hurt and others detained when protesters clashed with security forces outside Kuwait's parliament building, reports say. At least 5,000 people took part in the demonstration on Monday evening. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19964068

Cameron to tread tricky path at EU summit

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 minutes ago
The prime minister hopes to begin a much wider renegotiation of Britain's relationship with Brussels which would see other powers - for example, on social and employment policy - repatriated. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19971119

Human trafficking to UK 'rising'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 18 minutes ago
Last year the authorities learned of 946 victims, compared with 710 in 2010, the inter-departmental ministerial group on human trafficking said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19984615

A Special Thanks To Clear Channel

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 20 minutes ago
Clear Channel functions as a part of the Republican political machine. In the past they have rejected Blue America radio ads for the flimsiest of excuses and this cycle their billboard division told us flatly that they don't care what kind of message we have, they flat out refuse to run any billboards in Santa Clarita, where they own all the good billboard locations, against Republican Buck McKeon or for Democrat Lee Rogers. So why am I thanking them? If they hadn't turned down our billboards-- which we needed to go along with our extensive radio campaign in the district-- I woul... more »

To Fight Global Censorship, Support Infowars.com And The Global Alternative Media

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 minutes ago
"Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure way against bad ideas is better ideas." - Alfred Whitney Griswold, American historian and president of Yale University from 1950–1963. The biggest issue in America and throughout the Western world is not the economy, or the situation in Syria, or Iran's nuclear program, but media censorship. Sure, freedom of speech exists, but it is *constrained with the habitual use of totalitarian labels* like "conspiracy theory" and limite... more »

Syrian Rebels Get Missiles.....Well that sure is reassuring

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 25 minutes ago
Syrian rebel factions have obtained advanced portable antiaircraft weapons, according to rebels and regional officials, a development that could alter the Syrian war's trajectory and fan U.S. concerns that such weapons could end up in the hands of anti-Western Islamist militias. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443684104578062842929673074.html

'For your freedom ignite a firebomb': The chilling terror magazine which inspired the Federal Reserve bomb suspect

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes ago
The foreign student arrested over an attempt to blow-up the New York Federal Reserve on Wednesday cited an extremist publication as inspiration for his deadly plans. Quazi Nafis, 21, reportedly learned how to make a bomb from an article published by al-Qaeda in the magazine ‘Inspire.’ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219384/Federal-Reserve-bomb-plot-Quazi-Nafis-inspired-al-Qaeda-terrorist-magazine.html

Retail Crisis: Chain Store Closures Hit 32 A Day

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 28 minutes ago
Major retailers are urged to work with landlords to ease rent bills as chain closures surge to damage high streets. http://news.sky.com/story/999003/retail-crisis-chain-store-closures-hit-32-a-day

UK 'Must Plan For Mumbai-Style Terror Attack'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 33 minutes ago
The Government is to urge the emergency services to better prepare for major terrorist plots like those seen in India and Norway. http://news.sky.com/story/999194/terrorism-uk-must-plan-for-major-attack

NY Bomb Plot Suspect Wanted To 'Destroy US'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 35 minutes ago
Security officials defend sting operations after a man is arrested for plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction on US soil. http://news.sky.com/story/999142/new-york-bank-bomb-plot-foiled-in-fbi-sting

Flavor Flav Arrested after threatening to attack her teenage son with a knife

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 35 minutes ago
The rap star is held in a jail after being arrested at his home during a dispute with his fiancee and her son. http://news.sky.com/story/999177/flavor-flav-held-over-assault-with-deadly-weapon

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA - 18th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 39 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 02:33:29 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 08:03:29 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 23.855°N, 81.294°E Depth 14.8 km (9.2 miles) Region MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA Distances 19 km (11 miles) NNW of Jaisinghnagar, India

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND - 18th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 39 minutes ago
Magnitude 5.7 Date-Time Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 01:27:15 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:27:15 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 54.273°S, 143.919°E Depth 10.2 km (6.3 miles) Region WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND Distances 975 km (605 miles) W of Macquarie Island, Australia

"Human Destiny: The Grace of the Present Moment"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 42 minutes ago
"Human Destiny: The Grace of the Present Moment" by Michael Dowd "Our present situation, I think, can be summarized by the following three sentences: 1. The glory of the human has become the desolation of the Earth. 2. The desolation of the Earth is becoming the destiny of the human. 3. Therefore, all human activities, professions, programs and institutions must henceforth be judged primarily by the extent to which they inhibit, ignore or foster a mutually enhancing human/Earth relationship."- Thomas Berry "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the diversity, stability, and ... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 18th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 00:35:11 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 12:35:11 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 48.330°N, 154.451°E Depth 48.2 km (30.0 miles) Region KURIL ISLANDS Distances 288 km (178 miles) SSW of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia

"The Legend of the Starfish"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 47 minutes ago
*"The Legend of the Starfish"* "A vacationing businessman was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy. Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. The boy was walking slowly along the shore and occasionally reached down and tossed the beached starfish back into the ocean. The businessman, hoping to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense, walked up to the boy and said, “I have been watching what you are doing, son. You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but do you realize how many bea... more »

Mitt's many binders of women

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 50 minutes ago
[graphic via] By now you're aware the seminal moment of the debate was Mitt's bizarre response to a question about equal pay for women. And of course, binders of women became an instant meme. Within minutes, there was a facebook page with 142K likes, a tumblr page and the phrase was trending on the twitter. But the hiliarity shouldn't obscure the larger issues. To the shock of no one, Mitt lied in his personal anecdote about how he was so very concerned that no women had applied for a job with his cabinet after he was elected governor that he immediately sent forth his menfolk to... more »

Musical Interlude: Secret Garden, “The Promise”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Secret Garden, “The Promise” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEmk1zMrkhM&feature=related

Aussie Govt. Whitewashes FBI Assassination Rendition Try For Former Spy

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 1 hour ago
Gwenyth Todd in Iraq *Five years ago, an American woman serving in Bahrain single handedly stopped the United States government from a criminal attack on Iran and a series of “false flag” terror attacks on American troops and ships in the region.* *American Neocons and Israeli lobby decided this was their last chance to start a war, one that would saddle the next president with a disaster of unprecedented proportions, fighting 3 wars during America’s Bush driven economic collapse.* Posted October 9, 2012 http://www.degaray.com/?p=2591 RealTime Gordon Duff *Aussie Govt. Wh... more »

CRYPTOGON: Belgium Exxon-Mobil Manager Shot Dead

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 2 hours ago
http://cryptogon.com/?p=31822 *Belgium: Exxon-Mobil Manager Shot Dead* October 16th, 2012 Update: Better Translation Cryptogon reader D has submitted a better English translation of the story: Sunday night a top executive of the petro-chemical company ExxonMobil was shot dead in the street in Neder-over-Heembeek, near Brussels. Nicholas Mockford was shot in the head twice, when he and his wife were leaving an Italian restaurant around 22h. Witnesses saw two men running away carrying a motorcycle helmet. The man died on the way to the hospital. His wife Mary was beaten and co... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Far beyond the local group of galaxies lies NGC 3621, some 22 million light-years away. Found in the multi-headed southern constellation Hydra, the winding spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous young star clusters and dark dust lanes. *Click image for larger size. * Still, for earthbound astronomers NGC 3621 is not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy. Some of its brighter stars have been used as standard candles to establish important estimates of extragalactic distances and the scale of the Universe. This beautiful image of NGC 3621 traces... more »

Chet Raymo, "Wow!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Wow!"* by Chet Raymo "Bakewell distills Montaigne's philosophy of life to this succinct statement: "The trick is to maintain a kind of naïve amazement at each instant of experience." Oh, she has more than that. She has her twenty answers from Montaigne to the question "How To Live": Pay attention. Question everything. Be convivial. Live temperately. Be ordinary and imperfect. Don't fear death. And so on. But I'll settle for the naïve amazement. Nearly fifty years ago, as a young prof, I had a short column in the college newspaper called "Under a Skeptical Star." I took the t... more »

Free Download: Marcus Aurelius, "Meditations"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Marcus Aurelius, "Meditations" "Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil." - Marcus Aurelius "Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (26 April 121 – 17 March 180) was the Roman emperor from 161 to his death in 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Lucius' death in 169. He was the last of the "Five Good Emperors", and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. His tenure was marked by wars in Asia against a revitalized Parthian Empire, and with Germanic tribes along the Limes Germanicus into Gaul and across the Da... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Gila, New Mexico, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Survival Trick #183"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

"The 12 Rules of Survival"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"The 12 Rules of Survival" by Laurence Gonzales From "Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why" "As a journalist, I've been writing about accidents for more than thirty years. In the last 15 or so years, I've concentrated on accidents in outdoor recreation, in an effort to understand who lives, who dies, and why. To my surprise, I found an eerie uniformity in the way people survive seemingly impossible circumstances. Decades and sometimes centuries apart, separated by culture, geography, race, language, and tradition, the most successful survivors–those who practice what I cal... more »

Millions to take part in largest ever-earthquake drill across entire United States: 13 million Americans set to be involved

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago

Korea: Could turning the DMZ into a giant wildlife preserve and park be the way to unite the two Koreas and end the war?

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
*A very interesting idea indeed.* http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=3400711610039281806#editor/src=dashboard

"Any Real Change..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring, one clings to what one knew, or thought one knew; to what one possessed or dreamed that one possessed. Yet, it is when a man is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream he has long cherished or a privilege he had long possessed that he is set free- he has set himself free- or higher dreams, for greater privileges.” - James Baldwin

... but the judge criticized the law enforcement agents who helped push the plot forward: “The government made them terrorists.”

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago
Entrapment is a tricky thing. It's one thing where the police discover a plot and follow it along. But if the police hatch the plot and convince someone to join in? In Canada entrapment occurs when the police actually induce the commission of the offence. Some factors a court may consider when deciding whether police have induced the offence include the type of crime being investigated, whether an average person would have been induced, the persistence and number of attempts made by the police, the type of inducement used (e.g. fraud, deceit, reward), and the existence of express ... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior. Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity.” - M. Scott Peck

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

In Willard's world, says Amy Davidson, women always seem to be missing where you expect them and to turn up where you don't

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
[*Click to enlarge.*] *"Romney was fifty-six when he became governor, with decades spent in business during which he could have made the sort of contacts that would have turned him into a resource for others looking for qualified women."* *-- Amy Davidson, in her newyorker.com blogpost today,* "Mitt's Binders and the Missing Women" *by Ken* It could be that Republican presidential candidate Willard Inc. isn't really clueless but merely plays clueless in his, you know, *presidential campaign*. Poor Willard is encountering concentrated hanging driblets of grief for that peculiar de... more »

Afghanistan: "Gen. David Petraeus: We Cannot Win"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"I don't think you win this war. I think you keep fighting... This is the kind of fight we're in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids' lives." - General David Petraeus, quoted in "Obama’s Wars," by Bob Woodward. ••• *"Gen. Petraeus' Counter-Insurgency Manual"* "According to the US Army counter-insurgency manual re-written by General David Petraeus, [now Director of the CIA - CP] a ratio of one soldier to 40 or 50 inhabitants (20 to 25 per 1000) is required to defeat an insurgency. The population of Afghanistan is now about 33,609,937 (July 2009 est.)*, meaning th... more »

“Losing Their Grip in Afghanistan”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Losing Their Grip in Afghanistan”* by Ashley Smith "Now in its eleventh year, the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan is reeling from crisis to crisis. The U.S. government has spent nearly $600 billion on the war, yet the Taliban insurgency is unbowed. Afghan National Security Forces, which the U.S. is training, hold their overlords in contempt. In a wave of “green-on-blue attacks,” Afghan soldiers have killed 51 American GIs so far this year. And the Afghan people continue to suffer extreme poverty, disproving claims about the successful reconstruction of the country. This is no... more »

The great debate 2012

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 3 hours ago
Well I'm feeling like absolute hell today so I'm late in my take on last night's debate. There's a lot to unpack on the content but in general, as clearly illustrated by the photo, by any reasonable metric President Obama won this round decisively. He was fully engaged and challenged Mitt's fabrications repeatedly. He struck the perfect balance between respect for the process and disdain for Romney's rude behavior and wild blathering. Romney came off as rude, arrogant, floundering and angry. Unsurprisingly, Romney's supporters and whining pundits were complaining about Candy Crowle... more »

Chris Hedges : Heartland Resistance to the Pipeline

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 3 hours ago
Treesitters in Winnsboro, Texas. Photo from the Tar Sands Blockade. Resistance in the heartland: The Great Tar Sands BlockadeRanchers, farmers, and enraged citizens, often after seeing their land seized by eminent domain and their water supplies placed under mortal threat, have united with Occupiers and activists to oppose the building of the Keystone XL tar sand pipeline. By Chris Hedges /

Successive Liberal And Conservative Governments Put Canadians Health At Risk According To USDA Report

leftdog at Buckdog - 3 hours ago
*Liberal / Tory .. same old story.* * **Neither Canada's Liberal nor Conservative governments actually care very much about the health and safety of average Canadian citizens. All these two old time political entities care about is not ruffling the feathers of Canada's corporate sector.* *This reality is abundantly clear with the release of a report on XL Foods by the United States Department of Agriculture.* * **"Inspectors with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) sent a series of audit reports to the CFIA **(Canadian Food Inspection Age... more »

"A Lofty Ideal..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental- men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost... All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre- the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that ... more »

FBI yet again foils their own fake terrorist plot, this time targeting the NY Federal Reserve

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* At this point I wish I could laugh at the absurdly obvious nature of the federal government’s involvement in the manufacture of domestic terrorism, but unfortunately it is far too serious a matter. For those who think the most recent case of 21-year-old Bangladeshi national Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) major role in said case is something of a fluke, think again. Indeed, the FBI’s business is manufacturing terrorism of all kinds and breaking the law in the process. The two most recent cases ... more »

How to Waste a Trillion Dollars

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
*What America could have had for the cost of Lockheed Martin's F-35. * Tony Cartalucci, *Contributor* 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 public... more »

Home Grown Humanity

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
* The following is an excerpt from our book, *Surviving Survivalism – How to Avoid Survivalism Culture Shock*, available on Amazon Kindle or survivingsurvivalism.com. (Note: We asked our 21-year-old son, Jesse, if he would contribute to this book by writing about his viewpoint of living this life. Here are his words.)* image source Jesse Gendron I was recently asked “ Do you know how lucky you are never having been vaccinated?” The question gave me pause because it had become an invariable expectation to encounter those attached to the ball and chain of the corporate world who w... more »

Open War Policy Revealed by Romney's NeoCon Advisers

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 4 hours ago
Brandon Turbeville On October 1, 2012, Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney outlined his own version of imperialist American foreign policy before the Virginia Military Institute. What Romney described was, in its goals, no different than that of any other President since JFK. As was made clear in his speech, the presentation of the mutated Manifest Destiny to be ushered in by Romney would be significantly more open than the “leading from behind” destabilization and coalition-based Obama treachery, as the candidate has clearly stated this on more than one occasion. Essentially, whi... more »

Waitangi? It imposed no such obligation

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
I’m sorry, but this news this morning is ridiculous. The Waitangi Tribunal has called on the Crown to apologise to the country's kohanga reo because they have suffered significant prejudice from early childhood policies of successive governments… The report follows a claim made to the tribunal by the Kohanga Reo National Trust last year. “Prejudice”?! Really? What sort of “prejudice”? And a *claim*? A *Waitangi* claim? About *this*? Have we gone mad? The only prejudice I can see here is race-based early childhood centres set up and paid for by taxpayers on the basis of *racia... more »

Russian S-400s (anti-aircraft missiles) relocated near Turkey, while Hizballah shifts units, rockets into Syria

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 4 hours ago

Democratic Congresswoman Schultz Plays Dumb About NDAA And Obama's Secret Kill List

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
Watch: *Glenn Greenwald: Obama’s Secret Kill List "The Most Radical Power a Government Can Seize." * Reminder: *Congress has 8% approval rating*. This is why:

Fortune 500 Deferring $433 Billion in Taxes

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 4 hours ago
According to a new report today from Citizens for Tax Justice, the 285 members of the Fortune 500 that have parked money overseas would owe an estimated $433 billion in taxes if and when it is repatriated. No wonder these companies are working so hard to get a "repatriation holiday" even though the one given in 2004 did not yield any significant new investment, but lots of dividends and stock buybacks. The new report list 10 companies with $209 billion parked overseas that report the taxes they would owe on these profits (only 47 do so). These companies all report that they would o... more »

Mittsy's "Binders" Lie

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 4 hours ago
In last night's debate, Mitt Romney said, as governor of Massachusetts he looked around and noticed a distinct lack of women in senior positions. So he went to women's groups to seek their help. *"And — and so we — we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. * *"I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks,' and they brought us whole binders full of women."* A bald-faced lie atop all the other lies this bastard has been spinning. Here's what actually happened from ... more »

"Buzzwords: The Corruptions of Language"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* "Buzzwords: The Corruptions of Language"* by Patrick Cockburn “Never believe anything until it is officially denied,” is a useful saying, advising skepticism towards whatever the government claims to be doing. This is the right mental attitude for any journalist or observer of the political scene. But for sniffing out official or journalistic mendacity, evasion and ignorance, a good guide is the use of tired and misleading words or phrases, their real purpose being not to illuminate but to conceal. Suspicion of an attempt to deceive should be aroused by any sighting of the wor... more »

"Filling the Black Hole- Two Elections: Israel and the US"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Filling the Black Hole- Two Elections: Israel and the US"* by Uri Avnery "So we have two election campaigns in the next three months– one in the USA and one in Israel. I don’t know which of them is more important for our lives. In many respects, the two elections are very different. But in some others, they are strikingly similar. It may be interesting to make some comparisons. The US elections are far more corrupt than ours. Inevitably so. Since the advent of TV, they have become hugely expensive. TV ads cost a lot of money. Enough money can come only from big corporations an... more »

Romney Fun Time

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 5 hours ago
Among Mitt Romney's gaffes in the second debate was his remark about "binders full of women." When the subject of helping women achieve pay equity came up, Mittsy dodged the subject by talking about his days as Massachusetts governor. According to the latest Romney fable, he asked a women's group to help find him qualified women candidates for his office and he received "binders full of women." A lot of women are up in arms at being so blatantly objectified by Romney but *The Young Turks*, bless them, found a bit of humour in it.

Derechos Humanos 'Border Patrol Deadly Force Terrorizes Border Communities'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
*U.S. Border Patrol's Deadly Force Policies * *Terrorize Border Communities* Remembering the migrants on San Xavier Tohono O'odham land. Photo Brenda Norrell. *By Derechos Humanos Coalition* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Coalición de Derechos Humanos denounces the most recent shooting of a 16 year-old boy by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The incident, which occurred on October 10th, is the latest in a series of shootings that have raised serious questions as to the use of deadly force by the largest police agency, the U.S. Border Patrol. The community deserves an... more »


Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
The Ulsterman Report *This just came from Insider:* *Have a heads up for you. This comes directly from the Old Man. Military intelligence may have tracked location of a guy called “Khattalah” who apparently organized the Benghazi attack. Check media reports for name. Obama to order drone strikes or possible all out bombing operation. Says it appears imminent. Obama will then make claim “perpetrators brought to justice” to squash Benghazi questions and play part of hero. “Bin Laden Version 2 “ If accurate, this scenario would fit with the earlier rescue operation scenario you ... more »

People Respond to Incentives

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 6 hours ago
Even in France: France's new 75 percent income tax on the rich may not be popular with millionaires. But it's being cheered by another group: Paris real-estate buyers. Real estate agents say that the number of multi-million-dollar real-estate listings in Paris has jumped more than 25 percent over last year -- due in part to the threat of the new income tax....[B]rokers say the 75 percent tax on the wealthiest French citizens has contributed to the decision by many of the them to sell their homes in anticipation of a possible move to another country.

Religion vs Science

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
I don’t enjoy Ricky Gervais’s TV shows, but his Twitter feed is pure genius: [image: image] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Yes, Mittens, Government Can And Does Create Jobs

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 6 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe Mitt Scumney lost Tuesday night's encounter with President Obama on points, and Obama showed more fire than he did in their lackluster first debate. Scumney, though, seemed prepared for a more spirited show from Obama and didn't do badly, on the whole. But one "point" he emphasized stuck in my mind because of how dead wrong he is on it. "Government doesn't create jobs," Scumney said repeatedly, with passion and emphasis. Scumney didn't live through World War II, nor did I. But if that war effort wasn't powerful, compelling proof that government can and does create ... more »

World's biggest geoengineering experiment 'violates' UN rules

Intercept at The Intercept - 6 hours ago
Guardian Martin Lukacs Controversial US businessman's iron fertilisation off west coast of Canada contravenes two UN conventions [image: Geoengineering with bloom : high concentrations of chlorophyll in the Eastern Gulf of Alaska]Yellow and brown colours show relatively high concentrations of chlorophyll in August 2012, after iron sulphate was dumped into the Pacific Ocean as part of a controversial geoengineering scheme. A controversial American businessman dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean as part of a geoengineering scheme off the west coast of Ca... more »

Elsewhere: Romney/Bush, First Read

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
At Greg's place, I wrote about Romney and Bush's similar platforms, and one difference: there's a policy gap. Bush had some, in 2000. And at PostPartisan, I wasn't happy at all with First Read, which claimed to know what Romney and Obama were really thinking during the debate. Oy, First Read! That's it for now; time to concentrate on the game in St. Louis for a while.

Powerful Speech By Miko Peled, Son of A Famous Israeli General

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*Miko Peled is a man of incredible courage*. Miko Peled, author of *'The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,'* gave a powerful speech in Seattle on October 1, 2012, about the true nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For more background, check out: *"When Everything You Know Is Not True: Miko Peled Debunking Jewish Myths,"* and, *"Peled: The only way forward is ‘transformation’ of a racist apartheid state into a democracy."*

Pesticide sickens 378 Peru workers

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The chemical intoxicated at least 378 people, who overran the local hospitals in Ica, a city 200 miles south of Lima. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/17/world/americas/peru-workers-pesticide/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

U.S. Embassy evacuated in Sweden security alert

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
he U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, was briefly evacuated Wednesday after an alarm was raised over a suspicious envelope containing white powder, Stockholm police said. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/17/world/europe/sweden-us-embassy/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

'Devastation' after mosque bombing in Aleppo

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The peace of prayer time at a mosque in Aleppo was shattered Wednesday when Syrian army planes bombed the site, killing and injuring several worshippers, activists said. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/17/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Epidemic claims 343 cattle near Sualkuchi, India

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Nearly 500 to 600 cattle have been affected by the disease at Bathan, Srihati, Sarulah, Halogaon and Bamundi near Sualkuchi in the last two weeks. The disease has broken out in an epidemic nature among the cattle of the char areas, including Sarudia, Bardia, Laheswari and Gariyadia char. http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/detailsnew.asp?id=oct1612/state05

Fifth case of Legionnaires' disease reported in Carmarthen, Wales

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Public Health Wales and Carmarthenshire county council’s environmental health department are currently investigating the outbreak, which have seen all patients needing hospital treatment as a result of their illness. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2012/10/11/fifth-case-of-legionnaires-disease-reported-in-carmarthen-91466-32013410/

I have no idea why, but Mrs NotaSheep came to bed singing this tonight...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
Dead Kennedys - California Über Alles

Lord Boustany Faces Off Against A Louisiana Teabagger

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
In the contest next month for Louisiana's third congressional district, Democrat Ron Richard isn't really a factor. The race pits two Republican incumbents, Jeff Landry, a teabagger who currently represents the old 3rd CD and His Lordship Charles Boustany, currently the representative of the 7th CD (which will cease to exist with this election). Until 2010-- and the Great Blue Dog Apocalypse-- the 3rd was a conservative Democratic bastion in the southernmost part of the state. (In 2008. the GOP didn't even bother to field a candidate against Blue Dog Charlie Melancon but he made a ... more »

Melnikov House, by Konstanin Melnikov

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
[image: image]Source: Melnikov House Even in the depths of the Soviet conquest of the soul, Konstanin Melnikov found a way to make inspiring architecture. This, his family home, his masterpiece, he somehow managed to get through the system. [Hat tip Sandrine L.] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

The State vs Christie Marceau

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
The first job of the state, its *only* legitimate role, is to protect the individual rights of its citizens—to protect each individuals’ rights to life, liberty and pursuit of property and happiness. To protect our lives. [image: image]It failed to protect Christie Marceau. The primary purpose of incarceration is not to punish criminals. It is not to teach them a lesson, nor to turn them around. The primary purpose is protection. Protection for the harmless, like Christie Marceau, from the harmful, like her murderer. The state, in the person of Justice McNaughton, failed Christi... more »

EU seeks way to involve non-euro states in banking union

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
European Union countries are considering creating a body inside the European Central Bank to find a legally watertight way to involve states outside the euro zone in a banking union, officials said on Wednesday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/17/us-eu-banking-union-idUSBRE89G1JX20121017

Alan Waldman : 'Bedazzled' is Brilliant British Comedy Classic

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 7 hours ago
Waldman's film and TV treasures you may have missed: The 1967 Peter Cook and Dudley Moore film Bedazzled is a comedy classic. It's one of the most brilliant, hilarious British movies ever. By Alan Waldman / The Rag Blog / October 17, 2012 [In his weekly column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and TV series that readers may have missed, including TV dramas, mysteries, and

CIA officer, Army intelligence analyst killed in Afghan attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A CIA officer and a U.S. Army intelligence analyst were among those killed in a suicide bomb attack last weekend in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/17/us-usa-afghanistan-cia-idUSBRE89G1O320121017

CDC says deaths rise to 19 in worsening meningitis outbreak

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The number of U.S. deaths from fungal meningitis linked to potentially contaminated steroid injections rose to 19 with confirmation of two new fatalities in Tennessee and one each in Florida and Virginia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/17/us-usa-health-meningitis-deaths-idUSBRE89G1GE20121017

Russia criticizes EU Iran sanctions, urges talks

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Russia criticized the European Union on Wednesday for imposing new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program and called for a fresh round of talks between world powers and Tehran as soon as possible. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/17/us-iran-nuclear-russia-idUSBRE89G1FM20121017

Federal Reserve building Bomb Plot Foiled by Undercover Officers - New York

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Bangladeshi native Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested on Wednesday morning after a sting operation that involved the FBI and the New York Police Department. http://news.sky.com/story/999142/new-york-fed-bomb-plot-fbi-arrest-man

Three Deaths on the Border: New Questions

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
US Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie, funeral for Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguezl, 16, and Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever*By Brenda Norrell* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com TUCSON -- Three deaths on the border involving the US Border Patrol and the Cochise County Sheriff have raised new alarms for border residents, and opened the door for new questions. Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever was killed in an accident just two weeks before US Border Patrol agents opened fire on each other in Cochise County, killing one Border Patrol agent. The Cochise County Record ... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NIAS REGION, INDONESIA - 17th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 19:38:56 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 02:38:56 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 1.301°N, 97.229°E Depth 35.2 km (21.9 miles) Region NIAS REGION, INDONESIA Distances 161 km (100 miles) SE of Sinabang, Indonesia

Dance Your PhD

Phil at A Very Public Sociologist - 8 hours ago
Doing a PhD? Progress struck dead by writer's block? Why not try presenting your *opus* as a piece of interpretative dance, like these chaps have done? The above is a Social Science PhD looking at the evaluation of good governance of resources in rural areas. Dry as regolith on paper, but altogether more sumptuous when set to music. The above was an Italian entry into the fifth annual 'Dance Your PhD' competition (more here). About 10 years ago, one of my friends was recommended she perform a paper on feminist deconstruction through the medium of dance at a straight sociology co... more »

The List Of Israeli Prime Ministers Who Were Good For America!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
I did not watch the Barry Soetoro/Willard Romney farce of a "town hall debate" last night... I didnt think I would have the stomach to watch the bull crap flying out of the mouths of those two pro-Israel kiss butt shills. It is truly astounding to think about how America has fallen so far when the candidates for the Presidency of the United States debate who is best for the criminal state of Israel! Yes, it seems that the last half dozen or so Presidents of the United States, were definitely puppets for the criminal state of Israel, would do anything to please their Jewish masters,... more »

Ain't Nothing To Mess With: Syria's Air Defenses And Iran's Mining Capabilities

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Photo: Turkish jets. Source.* An excerpt from, *"Syria's Air Defenses Would Stifle A Turkish Military Intervention,"* by Eyup Can [Source: Al Monitor]: Talking is free of charge. Everybody talks. But look what Barkey [a Turkey analyst at Lehigh University], was telling [*Radikal* journalist] Ezgi Basaran in their interview yesterday: “The Turkish army doesn’t have enough experience to set up a buffer zone.” And then he lists the bitter truths. To those who might ask who Henri Barkey is, let me remind them: He speaks Turkish better than most Turks, has worked in the US State De... more »


noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
From the CPC government that created a testerical brouhaha around Canada's Arctic sovereignty to justify the purchase of F-35 fighter planes, we now have the CON rebranding of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. *Yesterday, Heritage Minister James Moore announced that the name and mandate of the Canadian Museum of Civilization will be changed to create the Canadian Museum of History. $25 million will be moved from other areas of the Heritage budget to pay for the new museum. ** * *“This decision is a mistake,” said James L. Turk, CAUT executive director. “It needlessly eliminates... more »

Candidate Romney gets conned by a con!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012* *Anatomy of a famous blunder/The transcript of what Romney said:* Following a rare social engagement, we now give you the transcript of Candidate Romney’s great and soon-to-be-famous historic debate blunder. Below, you see what Romney said. Given the bullroar which has reigned for a month, it’s easy to see why he said it: ROMNEY (10/16/12): I think interesting— The president just said something which, which is that, on the day after the [Benghazi] attack, he went into the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror. OBAMA: That’s what I said. ... more »

Vatican Taliban FAIL

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 8 hours ago
I'd say that a nominally Catholic country that legalizes abortion in the face of the shitstorm hurled by the Vatican Taliban is on its way to happier days. Good news! Uruguay just joined the club. Latin America is home to about half of the world's Roman Catholics and the Church is opposed to abortion under any circumstances. But Uruguay, a country of 3.2 million people, has a strong secular tradition. Perhaps surprisingly, civil unions for LGBT folk are legal too. The new regime is not perfect, of course. Under the bill Congress passed, a woman can end her pregnancy during the fir... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago
Found at: http://www.facebook.com/brotherlylove.movement

Libyan militias shell former Gaddafi stronghold town

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Libyan militias operating alongside the defense ministry shelled the former Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid on Wednesday, with one person killed and another 18 injured in counter-attacks, a local militia leader and a medical source said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/17/us-libya-clashes-idUSBRE89G1EE20121017

John Dalli EU health chief resigns in corruption scandal, vows to clear name

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
BRUSSELS -- The European Union's health commissioner resigned Tuesday over corruption allegations involving tobacco laws but has denied any wrongdoing http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/eu-health-chief-resigns-in-corruption-scandal-vows-to-clear-name-1.999230

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad backs Syria ceasefire proposal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
KUWAIT – Iran backs the idea of a ceasefire in Syria during an Islamic holiday next week and believes free elections are the right way to help resolve the 19-month-old conflict http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/10/17/iranian-president-mahmoud-ahmadinejad-backs-syria-ceasefire-proposal/

“Loopholes: Another Word for Freedom”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Loopholes: Another Word for Freedom”* by Jeffrey Tucker "Let’s say that a thief demands $100 and lets you keep $10 because he likes your suit. He calls that a deduction. The next day, he demands the whole $110. He says that he is not stealing more. He is only eliminating deductions and closing loopholes. That’s the GOP’s tax plan in a nutshell. They say that it is not about raising your taxes. That’s what Democrats do, and Republicans don’t do that sort of thing. Instead, Republicans favor the “flat tax” that is “revenue neutral.” They will “pay for the tax cuts” by capping de... more »

Harry Targ : From the Bay of Pigs to the Missile Crisis / 3

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Front page of New York Daily News, October 23, 1962. From the Mitchell Archives. The Cuba story, Part 3: The Bay of Pigs to the missile crisis The Cuban missile crisis suggests that the United States would go to any extreme, even nuclear war, to defend the interests of capitalism. By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / October 17, 2012 "In the missile crisis the Kennedys played their dangerous game

Here's Lil' Stevie

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
This shouldn't come as a surprise but here's Rick Mercer's take on the dickhead we know as Steve Harper Yeah, it's Lil' Steve and, yes, he's a dildo. *CBC "comedian" Rick Mercer has painted the face of Canada's 22nd prime minister on a wooden penis. The piece of "art" is called "Lil' Steve". * *It's all for a good cause. The wooden phallus—or "woody"—and others like it are being auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Calgary Sexual Health Centre. The centre provides pregnancy testing, birth-control and post-abortion counselling, sexuality-education programs, anti-homophobia present... more »

Saudis Consider Free Speech and Revolutionary Ideas A Threat To “Public Order

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
There are some dangerous ideas like freedom of religion and the inalienable rights of individuals, that tend to blow apart the tyrannies which are foolish enough to let them enter into the national dialogue. http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/saudis-consider-free-speech-and-revolutionary-ideas-a-threat-to-public-order/

The Financial Collapse Won't Come With A Warning Sticker

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The financial system will survive until it doesn't. Such is the nature of most catastrophes - they arrive without warning. http://seekingalpha.com/article/922591-the-financial-collapse-won-t-come-with-a-warning-sticker

USAID/CIA supporting dictators and stifling democracy

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
“Clearly their main focus is not to give foreign aid to a country, it is basically to advance the US economic interests” says Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall a researcher, writer, political-activist and blogger, who has studied the activities of USAID for years. http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_16/USAID-CIA-supporting-dictators-and-stifling-democracy-exclusive-interview/

Is Barack Obama arming Al Qaeda?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
On Sunday, the New York Times published a lengthy article by David E. Sanger "Rebel Arms Flow Is Said to Benefit Jihadists in Syria" that has drawn a wide response in the international media. http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_16/Is-Barack-Obama-arming-Al-Qaeda/

Great Paper. Great Propaganda Organ.

Intercept at The Intercept - 9 hours ago
ZCommunications Edward S. Herman [image: news1] On October 11, 2011, Paul Krugman asserted on his blog that he had the privilege of writing two columns a week for “the world’s greatest newspaper,” the New York Times (NYT). The NYT is surely an outstanding paper, with exceptionally wide scope, many good journalists on board and publishing many interesting and enlightening articles. But if the standard by which we judge greatness is the quality of its service to the public interest, to the 99 percent who don’t own or advertise in newspapers or TV networks, or control or benefit dire... more »

US Border Patrol kills teen in Mexico

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Reuters photo*US Border Patrol opened fire on 16-year-old throwing rocks in Nogales, Mexico, and killed him* ** *Frontera NorteSur News: Group Calls for Border Security Oversight* October 17, 2012 Human Rights News *By Frontera NorteSur* *Posted at Censored News* An El Paso-based immigrant advocacy and human rights organization has renewed a demand for Washington to establish an independent oversight and review commission tasked with examining transparency, institutional violence and “the overall border enforcement strategy and its impact on border communities and families.” The Bor... more »

Intensified Warrantless Spying in America

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
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 offensive and defensive mission, NS... more »

When the little head does the thinking

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 9 hours ago
Didn't get to post this last night before the debate but it's amusing enough that I still want to archive here for future historians. I mean it is kind of funny that the guy who claimed the terrorists hate us for our moral depravity, Dinesh D'Souza, got caught sharing a hotel room with his "finance" who appears to be half his age and for whom he apparently decided to dump his wife of 20 years. Did I mention, this little tryst happened at some big Christian convention of the self-righteously "more moral than us heathens" where Mr. D'Souza was the keynote speaker? And our paragon of ... more »

The Ultimate Bubble is Paper Money

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Keith Weiner, the head of The Gold Standard Institute USA, explains in this exclusive interview for Matterhorn Asset Management, among other things: why he sees a permanent backwardation in gold coming; the role of gold as the cornerstone of investor’s portfolios; and the specific kind of gold standard he envisions for the future. http://goldswitzerland.com/the-ultimate-bubble-is-paper-money/

Why do Americans need an air force base in Poland?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Matthew Spears, the first US air force specialist, has arrived in Poland. He is going to work at a military air base near Lodz. According to the Polish TVN24 channel, his colleagues are due to arrive there before the end of this month. There will probably be almost two hundred specialists: pilots, aircraft mechanics, and service staff. http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_10_17/Why-do-Americans-need-an-air-force-base-in-Poland/

Libya questioner: 'After debate, Obama gave me more information about why he delayed calling it terrorist attack'...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

Bizarre Coincidence: Democrats Get More Time in All Three Debates

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago

Now French President plans to ban homework because it's 'not fair on poor kids'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Children in France already have lessons just four days a week. And they get two hours each day for lunch and enjoy longer school holidays. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218820/Sorry-kids-France-President-Hollande-plans-ban-homework-education-reforms.html

Judge's fury as he kicks out illegal immigrant from UK for a THIRD time after he tried to stay under Human Rights Act

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave (pictured) dismissed Gbenga Sunday’s attempt to launch a 'judicial review' and said no more public money should be wasted on the case. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219097/Judges-fury-kicks-illegal-immigrant-UK-THIRD-time-tried-stay-Human-Rights-Act.html

Marina Golub Killed: Actress who said she had fresh details about murder of Princess Michael's Russian toyboy is killed in 'mysterious' car crash

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Marina Golub, an actress and close friend of Mr Kravchenko's, has now been killed in a Hyundai taxi, after apparently having been warned off for asking questions about his death. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219152/Russian-actress-uncovered-new-details-murder-Princess-Michaels-toyboy-millionaire-killed-car-crash.html

Faris Quayam a trainee doctor quizzed for eight hours by police and charged with fraud after headphones he sold on eBay for £140 got lost in the post

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The case against Faris Quayam, 22 (pictured), a trainee doctor at St George's University, London, was thrown out of court at the first hearing. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219065/Student-grilled-hours-police-charged-fraud-headphones-sold-eBay-140-got-lost-post.html


James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Duchesne v. St-Denis, 2012 ONCA 699 deals with limitation periods and discoverability. The Court holds that a claim is discoverable when the facts necessary for the claim are known; the legal effect of those facts is not a condition precedent to discovering the claim. The Court writes: [29] Both the Master and the Divisional Court erred in their interpretation of previous decisions of this court relative to whether knowledge of legal consequences that flow from known facts is required in order for actual knowledge to exist. Such knowledge may assist in the acquisition of a... more »

The Costs of Keeping Cool

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
North Americans had a tough and expensive time keeping cool over the summer. A prolonged heat wave coupled with sustained drought (that continues in many places) drove demand for plenty of air conditioning. Know how much electricity Americans, in a normal year, consume for cooling? More than the entire electrical consumption of the billion plus population of Africa. Vehicle air conditioners are said to account for 7 to 10-billion gallons of gasoline annually. And now, with the planet warming and billions in some of the hottest regions coming into newfound prosperity, the dem... more »

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 17th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.5 Date-Time Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 17:23:42 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 06:23:42 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 19.011°S, 174.162°W Depth 29.8 km (18.5 miles) Region TONGA Distances 43 km (26 miles) SSW of Neiafu, Tonga


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 10 hours ago
*City wary of writing a blank check to bail out Sheriff Marlin Gusman's corrupt leadership ~Tom Gogola, The Lens*

Heist: Who Stole The American Dream?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago
George Carlin: The American Dream

Drug Innovation 5: The US PCAST Report on Propelling Drug Discovery

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
There was a new report, *Report to the President on Propelling Innovation in Drug Discovery, Development and Evaluation* made by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), Office of the President of the United States, dated September 2012. The members of this Council seem to be high profile scientists and academics in some known US universities. The 110 pages report can be downloaded at www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. Among the findings of the report is this chart below: While the number of new molecular entity (NME) and new biological entity (NBE) appr... more »

How Brad Wall's 'Plan For Growth' Will Grow Washington's Treasury With No Benefit For Saskatchewan

leftdog at Buckdog - 11 hours ago
*"When an American company like Mosaic repatriates profits from Saskatchewan to the US, it pays the 35% American federal corporate tax rate minus a credit for corporate taxes paid in Canada. The combined federal-Saskatchewan rate is currently 27% (12% + 15%), well below the US threshold. Cutting Saskatchewan corporate taxes further below that threshold would force US companies operating in Saskatchewan to pay more American tax, shifting revenue from our provincial treasury to Washington with no benefit for Saskatchewan."* *Erin Weir* *Economist - Candidate for Leader of the Sask ND... more »

Back to the Bates . . .

Edstock at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
DALTON EXITS Ontario politics with a masterful stroke: proroguing the Ontario Legislature. As a result, there are no debates about the worst series of mistakes committed by an Ontario administration in one very long time. From E-Health, to Ornge, to the Oakville Power Station Stumble, to the battle with Ontario teachers. All of this becomes something for the next government to deal with.

A Bit Of Humor During These Dark Times....

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
I have been extremely busy the last few days catching up on major projects at work... By the time I get around to even surfing the internet over the last few days during the evening, I have been over tired, and really wiped out. So new articles will be slow to come by for the next few days... Please bare with me... Some people criticize myself and others that we only put up articles about doom and gloom at our blogs... I therefore decided that I would periodically put up some posts that have some humor in them! Therefore, for today, I want to put up an interesting video that will ... more »

Twitter Flawed......or are the Influenced by Payments

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
This section on Twitter (see image) has puzzled me for a while now. "People you might enjoy Following", merrily suggests the headline. I have noticed that probably 99 out of 100 suggestions from Twitter are totally irrelevant to our 7000+ earthquake tweets we have posted. If its not Bieber or Gaga, its Obama, Barosso and now this treat: our idiotic faux-President van Rompuy. Are they paying to hassle us? Surely it must be a bad Joke. Enjoy Following!? Not in this life time or the next.

Job Creation Isn't The Same As Vulture Capitalism

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Romney is an experienced businessman I doubt that former Reagan Budget Director David Stockman wrote the headline, but the *Newsweek* article he penned is titled Mitt Romney: The Great Deformer. And if Stockman didn't write the headline, he sure wrote all the reasoning behind it. Last we touched bases with Mr. Stockman was in March when he appeared with Bill Moyers to announce that we've learned no lessons about the dangers of crony capitalism. As every Republican running for office continues to pledge undying fealty to Ronald Reagan, they are willfully forgetting the uncomfortable l... more »

Are We Crazy Yet?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 11 hours ago
Tim Murphy says that "we're all slowly going insane," but I'm not so sure. The occasion is a PPP poll which finds that everyone predicts one thing: fraud by the other side. -In Ohio 62% of Republicans think Democrats will engage in voter fraud to make sure that Barack Obama wins. 50% of the Democrats think that the GOP will engage in voter fraud to ensure a Romney victory. -In Florida 60% of Republicans think Democrats will engage in voter fraud to make sure that Barack Obama wins. 55% of the Democrats think that the GOP will engage in voter fraud to ensure a Romney victory. -In No... more »

Wednesday Afternoon Video

Daniel Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
This may not be the worst (professional, major record label) video of all time, but it certainly makes a strong bid for the title. Do you have any suggestions for worse videos?

"This Is What Democracy Looks Like . . . ."

West End Bob at The Galloping Beaver - 11 hours ago
in the Excited States of America: Pitiful, isn't it ? ? ? ?

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN SULA, INDONESIA - 17th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude mb 5.1 Region KEPULAUAN SULA, INDONESIA Date time 2012-10-17 15:58:58.0 UTC Location 1.16 S ; 126.86 E Depth 40 km Distance 216 km S Tidore, Indonesia

IMF urges aid for Italy, Spain but Rome baulking

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
The International Monetary Fund called on the eve of a European Union summit for both Spain and Italy to seek euro zone assistance to draw a line under the bloc's debt crisis, but Rome has rebuffed the idea and Madrid seems likely to apply alone. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/17/us-eurozone-idUSBRE89G0NO20121017

Amazon Whispercast Controls and Broadcasts Stuff

Martyn Daniels at Brave New World - 11 hours ago
Amazon has announced a free service that is about making it easy to distribute ebooks to groups. The immediate question many may ask is ‘so what, groups don’t buy ebooks’, but they do and today can’t achieve that mass distribution or broadcast. ‘Whispercast for Kindle,’ will allow purseholders and stakeholder to buy once and send with one click. Teachers can send to students not just ebooks but also set up and manage access policies on school equipment effectively blocking undesirable access. An enterprise could also benefit for the same controls, but it is schools and that lucra... more »

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SAMOA ISLANDS REGION - 17th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude 5.0 Date-Time Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 14:50:00 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 02:50:00 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 14.869°S, 173.639°W Depth 23.8 km (14.8 miles) Region SAMOA ISLANDS REGION Distances 120 km (74 miles) N of Hihifo, Tonga

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SULAWESI, INDONESIA - 17th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
Magnitude M 4.0 Region SULAWESI, INDONESIA Date time 2012-10-17 10:02:38.2 UTC Location 0.21 S ; 122.96 E Depth 100 km Distance 83 km N Luwuk, Indonesia

Blinders Vs Binders

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
I didn't watch last night's debate. I could be disingenuous and fake it by, in Romney-style, retroactively watching video, read the summaries in the media, on Twitter and elsewhere and pretend I was there the whole time as if I was an NBC sportscaster doing canned commentary during the Olympics. But I've tried to be honest with my readers even if it embarrasses me. After all, with no journalistic credentials, my word and my reader's sense of trust in me is all I have. So I'll just start this post right now with an admission that I wasn't interested in last night's debate and didn't... more »

Bullying or Social Justice

Catelli at Not Quite Unhinged - 12 hours ago
Quick half-formed thought that's too long for Twitter: There is an interesting discussion on Twitter (and elsewhere) about the value of shaming and exposing bullies publicly. Some of us are crying, wait a minute, this can turn into vigilantism and another form of bullying. Some of the responses amount to, "Trust us we've got under control, we won't let it get to that point." And what is

In debate, a bungle by Candidate Romney!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012* *Where do these bungles come from:* Question: Will Mitt Romney’s world-class bungle make the highlight reel? His world-class bungle last night about what Obama said? Will it make the highlight reel of Wickedly Great Debate Moments? Will it turn into one of the tales the “journalists” love to tell? In yesterday’s New York Times, Jeremey Peters almost broke the sound barrier repeating the press corps’ ridiculous tales about key moments from past debates. Now that Romney has made an *actual* bungle, on tape, will our fair-minded journalists add it to the... more »

Haitian Medical Team to Work in Peoria

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 12 hours ago
*It was recently announced that a Haitian medical team will be working in Peoria in mid-January 2013. The team will include 17 people including nurses, doctors, cooks, a big crowd-control-man, a podiatrist, and a “leaf doctor” who is described as an "absolute riot". Dr. Jean-Maxmillian Beauvoir St. Volel ("Dr. Max") is the leader of the team. He sat down with me in Port-au-Prince today which marks the anniversary of the death of the leader of Haiti's revolution for independence, Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Dr. John: Dr. Max it is nice to see you. Please tell us about yourself. Dr. Ma... more »

Antiscience beliefs jeopardize U.S. democracy

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 12 hours ago
[image: Photo of the outside of the Genesis Expo Creationist museum in Portsmouth Harbour in Hampshire, England, June 2009. Geni / Wikipedia] By Shawn Lawrence Otto 16 October 2012 It is hard to know exactly when it became acceptable for U.S. politicians to be antiscience. For some two centuries science was a preeminent force in American politics, and scientific innovation has been the leading driver of U.S. economic growth since World War II. Kids in the 1960s gathered in school cafeterias to watch moon launches and landings on televisions wheeled in on carts. Breakthroughs in th... more »

Judicial Independence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
All judges, whether appointed to provincial or federal positions are entitled to judicial independence in Canada. The source of such independence for federal appointments is in part from the text of the *Constitution Act, 1867* (s. 96) but more generally, arises from unwritten, but binding norms adopted by the Constitution (*Provincial Judges Reference* [1997] 3 SCR 3). Judicial independence requires security of tenure, financial security and administrative independence. Security of tenure means, at base, that a judge serves until a fixed retirement date so long as the judge i... more »

Repost: 2012 US Elections: Obamney vs. Rombama

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
War, economic collapse, and personal devastation await Americans no matter who they vote for - and what we should do instead. *by Tony Cartalucci * *Editor's Note: There is absolutely no difference between Romney and Obama - as illustrated in detail below, the very same policy makers will be handing the same script to the "president" no matter who wins in November. Beware of the retrenched false left-right paradigm run in concert by convicted criminal George Soros and Neo-Con media projects like Glenn Beck and World News Daily (WND). They are desperately trying to keep Americans inte... more »

Raphael Bousso converts to the Church of Firewall

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
*His (and probably AMPS') error boils down to a widespread misinterpretation of "choices" in quantum mechanics* Clayton informed me that Raphael Bousso who has written the most meaningful reply to the AMPS black hole firewall paradox has completely reverted his position. I have previously discussed the black hole firewall argument and Raphael's first reply to it. Now we see two versions of his preprint, v1: Observer Complementarity Upholds the Equivalence Principle (firewalls are wrong) ------------------------------ v2: Complementarity Is Not Enough (firewalls are true and deep)... more »

Canada's Outrageous Geoengineering Scam

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
The Harper government knew of Russ George's plan to seed the waters off the Queen Charlotte Islands with a hundred tons of iron sulphate. The Harper government also knew that this was the very sort of geoengineering experiment in ocean fertilization that is banned by the UN's convention on biological diversity (CBD) and London convention on the dumping of wastes at sea and yet it looked the other way. The Californian had been trying to find a place to stage his experiment but he's been turned down around the world by countries rich and poor until he got away with it in Canadian... more »

The Times reports new facts on Benghazi!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012* *Still can’t explain what Rice said:* Yesterday morning, the New York Times published a very important report. (Too bad it appeared on page 6.) Reporting from Cairo, David Kirkpatrick reported new facts about the fatal attack on the consulate in Benghazi. Kirkpatrick’s report flies in the face of various claims which have been used as political weapons in the ongoing race for the White House. What actually happened in the attacks which took the lives of four Americans? Remarkably, Kirkpatrick says the attack probably *was* an act of retaliation for th... more »

Your Boot, Government Ass - Insert, Repeat

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 13 hours ago
Interesting and timely observation from EnviroCan climatologist David Phillips. He says it's time for the *public* to ensure their government authorities are planning for climate change. “*The insurance industry is absolutely convinced that what they are seeing is the result of climate change. Since 2000 they are paying out gobs of money because of severe weather and flooding issues. It is something that we have to convince at all levels, municipal, provincial, and federal governments that we have to invest in our infrastructure.* *“It’s a responsibility of government to protect... more »


Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 13 hours ago

Jordan (OH-ALEC) and Much More!!!

2old2care at Because I Can - 13 hours ago
*Jim Jordan – OHIO Congressman* *Jim Jordan – ALEC Alum* *Jim Jordan - Republican Study Committee Chairman* After generating months of controversy for its championing of right-wing policies in state houses, the American Legislative Exchange Council is turning to the federal level. On Friday, the Heritage Foundation will host a policy gathering for both current ALEC members and the RepublicanStudy Committee -- a group of staunchly conservative House Republicans -- in hopes of beginning a partnership between the two organizations. A senior GOP aide told Roll Call that the meeting c... more »

Weapons to fake Syrian "rebels" (who are actually terrorists trying to undermine a country), are landing directly into hands of militant groups

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*Where's that fraud Danny now to explain things for us? Where is the anonymous fool commenting "i luv u danny" on the CC now? Probably both hanging out with their terrorist friends while stroking their AKs, that's where.* http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/world/middleeast/jihadists-receiving-most-arms-sent-to-syrian-rebels.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

Wonkie Walker (WI) - Won the Weyrich Award

2old2care at Because I Can - 13 hours ago
Did a Google search - did not see this out there. How did we miss this in *February 2012?* Musta been one of those best kept ALEC/Weyrich secrets. Wasn't even on the Weyrich Award webpage - had to find it on a different RWNJ site. *News Releases* *Weyrich Awards Winners Announced* by News Release Contact: Deborah Hamilton at (215) 815-7716, (610) 584-1096, dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com BREAKING NEWS: WINNERS OF 2012 WEYRICH AWARDS Awards Ceremony Honored Those Advancing the Cause of Liberty Washington, D.C. – The 2012 Weyrich Awards Dinner, held this evening at the Marriott ... more »

Threats to Assassinate Romney Explode After Debate

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
*Mostly from... guess who!* http://www.infowars.com/threats-to-assassinate-romney-explode-after-debate/

Russ Roberts talks with John Taylor

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 13 hours ago
Part 1 Part 2

SM Welcomes Elwood Robinson

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
* **Dr. Elwood L. Robinson is the Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Cambridge College. He was the founding Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at North Carolina Central University (NCCU).* * * *From 1996-1999, he served as the chairperson of the Department of Psychology at North Carolina Central University. The former Chair of the Department has an exemplary record of service to NCCU, this state and nation. He has served NCCU in a variety of capacities during his more than 25-year tenure. * * He became a full Professor in 1996. Dr. Robinson is a ... more »

Study confirms sea-level rise is accelerating along northeast U.S. coast

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Abrupt shift: The rate at which sea level is rising increased abruptly beginning in 1987 at all 8 stations along the northeastern U.S. coast: SWPT = Norfolk; BALT = Baltimore; ATLC = Atlantic City; SDHK = Sandy Hook, NJ; NYTB = New York; BOST = Boston; PORT = Portland, ME; HFAX = Halifax, Nova Scotia. John Boon / VIMS]By David Malmquist, VIMS 16 October 2012 A new study by emeritus professor John Boon of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science shows that the rate of sea-level rise is increasing at tidal stations along the Atlantic coast of North America, including those ... more »

Anti Putin Riots: Russian Opposition Leader Held Over 'Riot Plot'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov is accused of meeting Georgian officials to discuss raising £120m to fund anti-Putin riots. http://news.sky.com/story/998931/russian-opposition-leader-held-over-riot-plot

The Debate Questions? Fair

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 14 hours ago
There's an early consensus that, in the words of Jonathan Chait, "Obama enjoyed friendly questions from an audience that obviously leaned left" in the second debate. Naturally, conservatives agree. I thought the questions favored Obama during the debate, but a second look convinced me that it's wrong: the questions were about as fair as it gets. From the "Town Hall" audience questions, I count three that were solidly pro-Obama and one that was somewhat pro-Obama; three solidly pro-Romney and one somewhat pro-Romney; and three neutral ones. So, why the false impression? I think it wa... more »

UK Flood Warning As Gale Force Winds Forecast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Strong winds and high tides could lead to soaring sea levels and spray coming over sea walls, the Environment Agency warns. http://news.sky.com/story/998785/flood-warning-as-gale-force-winds-forecast

Andrew Mitchell: Miliband Says 'He's Toast'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
Andrew Mitchell squirms in the Commons as his row with an officer dominates PMQs and the Labour leader insists he has to go. http://news.sky.com/story/998799/andrew-mitchell-miliband-says-hes-toast

Flooding in Miami Beach prompts official warning about rising seas

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Car drives through flooded West Avenue on Miami Beach, 16 October 2012. Miami-Dade County officials said Tuesday’s flooding of Alton Road and other low-lying areas in Miami Beach is a warning about the perils of rising sea levels. South Florida Business Journal] By Paul Brinkmann, Reporter 16 October 2012 (South Florida Business Journal) – Miami-Dade County officials said Tuesday’s flooding of Alton Road and other low-lying areas in Miami Beach is a warning about the perils of rising sea levels. Parts of Miami Beach were flooded by unusually high tide Tuesday morning, wh... more »

Everyday Sexism

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
One way and another, misogyny and sexism have been in the news a lot lately. A few days ago I noticed this Twitter account, @EverydaySexism and its website. The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest. Say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you. By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism *does* exist, it *is* faced by women *ever... more »

Press TV launches facebook petition to save news channel in Europe

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
PressTV Press TV has launched a Facebook petition to save the news channel across Europe after European satellite provider Eutelsat SA stopped the broadcast of several Iranian satellite channels on the order of the European Commission. In a blatant violation of freedom of speech, the company ordered media services company, Arqiva, to take the Iranian satellite channels off one of its Hot Bird frequencies on Monday. The decision follows months of jamming of Iranian channels by European satellite companies. Iranian news channels affected by the decision only aimed to break the We... more »

WHO LOST AMERICA: What, the New York Times worry?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012* *Part 3—What we have here is a failure to report:* Last evening, Candidate Romney made a truly remarkable claim. Unfortunately, few voters have any way of judging if his claim is accurate! To a large extent, our cluelessness stems from a growing trend in the headlong decline of our culture. In large part, our cluelessness stems from our big news orgs’ refusal to report. What we have here is a failure of Americanism—a refusal to perform the basic tasks expected from alleged journalists. What claim did Candidate Romney make? He spoke in response to a ba... more »

Dear Secretary Duncan,

Judy Rabin at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Published in the *National Journal*Letter to Duncan: N.J. Education Standards Are Hurting Minority Students by Doris Nhan Updated: October 16, 2012 | 1:05 p.m. October 16, 2012 | 12:52 p.m. The new accountability system implemented by New Jersey’s Education Department is disproportionately damaging for districts with lower-income minority students than schools with majority white students, according to a letter sent on Monday to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The letter, signed by a coalition of educators, administrators and civil-rights groups, alleges that the No Child Left B... more »

Iran Condemns EU's Anti-Iran Sanctions

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
Iran Review The Iranian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned Europe for its new unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic, describing the move as “illogical and inhuman.” “The unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union are illegal, inhuman and illogical, and are imposed only under the pretext of our country’s peaceful nuclear activities,” the ministry’s spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast said. Mehmanparast echoed comments made by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who said the Western embargos are intended to target... more »

Blind Man Tasered: Police Mistake Stick For Sword

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours ago
A "terrified" blind man was hit with a 50,000 volt Taser gun after police mistook his white stick for a samurai sword. Surely if the police can't tell the difference between a white stick and a Samurai sword they shouldn't be in the force. http://news.sky.com/story/998967/blind-man-tasered-police-mistake-stick-for-sword

Wednesday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
There’s some rambling analysis after the linkage. Charles King is very skeptical of the Scottish independence referendum. William Nomikos argues that Israeli politics may be moderating. Lisa Lundquist on the most recent insider attack in Afghanistan. Via Victoria Hui, An … Continue reading →

Sask NDP leadership candidate Erin Weir responds to Premier Wall’s “Plan for Growth”

leftdog at Buckdog - 14 hours ago
*"**But economist and NDP leadership candidate Erin Weir noted that of the eight provinces where manufacturing sales rose from July to August, Saskatchewan had the second-lowest percentage increase. * *He added that manufacturing employment in the province is continuing to fall from 32,000 in November 2007 to 26,500 in September 2012. “While Saskatchewan manufacturing sales have been increasing, our province has lost 5,500 manufacturing jobs since the Sask. Party took office,’’ Weir said.* *Regina Leader-Post* *October 16, 2012* *=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= *... more »

Video: Century of Manipulation

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
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The History of the Rockefellers

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
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Hispanic Isn't Spanish For Stupid

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
Tim Harper reminds his readers this morning that, south of the border, the Hispanic population has exploded. The community: has grown 43 per cent over the past decade, and will be 30 per cent of the U.S. population by 2050 (double the size of the African American population). Mitt Romney has said that his preferred way of dealing with that community is "self deportation." And Canadian governments have never recognized its existence: With the most fundamental demographic shift of our lifetimes unfolding before their eyes, successive Canadian governments have blissfully continue... more »

Obama Administration Knows They're Arming Al Qaeda in Syria

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
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NDAA, Arrest, and Indefinite Detention

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
*We The People* There was a time when we the people could expect privacy in our homes, in our conversations, in our every day lives. *As our previous video illustrated*, everything that we assume to be private is actually being spied upon and recorded. In this video you'll see that not only is your privacy gone, but that you can be arrested at any time, without committing a crime, without an arrest warrant, without ever being charged with a crime, and held against you will, without any rights whatsoever, simply for saying or posting something that some government agent doesn't li... more »

WotW: Speak the Language of Birds

Seth R. Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
In the beginning was Facebook. OK, really it was MySpace, but can we just forget about that ugly episode? Everyone was happy and had a great social network to share meaningless updates and go around poking people. Then along came a little bird named Twitter, giving people the chance to tweet shorter versions of meaningless updates. Fast forward a few years. Today, Twitter is more than just "that other" social network; it's holding a huge market share of the social media world and gaining new accounts every day. Yet, by and large, Twitter is misunderstood. Almost every day I hear som... more »

State Department official: Negotiations to extend U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan starting soon

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
Foreign Policy Josh Rogan Despite statements by Vice President Joe Biden, the State Department is about to begin formal negotiations over the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, a top State Department official said Tuesday. Last week, U.S. and Afghan negotiators met in Kabul to talk about the Bilateral Security Agreement that will govern the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, when President Barack Obama said the combat mission in Afghanistan will end and the U.S. will complete the transition of the entire country to Afghan government control. Also last week, Biden told Americans ... more »

Upstate New York Residents Question Environmental Quality of Legacy Site

By: Duane Craig Regardless of what Watertown, N.Y. residents might want, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation says it won’t be doing any more environmental testing at the former New York Air Brake site, according to this article. Besides residents, public officials are also concerned about high cancer rates and other illnesses that affect the north side of that community. Of increasing concern, is the possibility of vapor intrusion into nearby homes from high levels of chemicals that have made their way into the soils beneath the homes. DEC says it won’t be monitori... more »

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 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 »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Norm! Happy Birthday to George Wendt, 64. Morning-after good stuff: 1. Tim Carney has good fun with Barack Obama's foolish lobbyist ban -- and foolish reporters who bought it. My view? The only thing that's any good about the ban are all the waivers granted to allow good people to work in the administration. 2. Excellent post by Mark Blumenthal about reading the polls in a close race . 3. Fifty years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, from Heather Hurlburt. 4. I suppose everyone saw this already, but I do have to link to my brother's gotcha on "binders full of women." 5. And of cou... more »

Exploring a Third Option in Syria ?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*From GulfNews* The goal should be not to overthrow Al Assad but build a political system that will provide voice and vote to all Syrians and protect all minorities and sects I find that opening sentence odd, since all minorities and sects were doing ok in secular Syria. The Christians were not being targeted and displaced until NATO's mercs came to town... There are some questionable assertions in this piece, but, what is compelling is the third way being suggest Until now, two strategies have been pursued. Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general and Brahimi’s predecessor as ... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 15 hours ago
*Anonymous writes:* "We used to go to *the cellar*, a large underground music event where Jimmy Savile would play records and do his chat. "One of our group Wayne Johnston wanted Jimmy's autograph. "So Jimmy said come to me afterwards. "We went over and Jimmy said to Wayne 'come in here on your own'. "Wayne was 14, and we only ever had his word for this, but he said Jimmy gave him something and his legs went weak and he was all floppy. *Savile and Blair.* "He said jimmy pulled off his trousers and pushed a cigar up his bottom and wiggled it about, and said 'I will smoke that o... more »

ALEC Privatization = Educational Apartheid

2old2care at Because I Can - 15 hours ago
Wow! A piece on Democracy Now took me someplace this morning that I had no intention of going – but I must. Amy Goodman was interviewing two influential people in the student uprisings in Chile - a movement that doesn’t get any press in the United States and without her report I would not have moved to the next level of my research. The Chilean educational system is run on an ALEC model – privatized. Chile is/was run totally and completely for decades on an ALEC free market privatization model – fascism – and authoritarianism. More on that later. But the snips that I am about t... more »

Free Download: The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes - A Global Citizens Report pdf

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes - A Global Citizens Report *Click here to download the GMO Emperor has no Clothes – A Global Citizen’s report* *Source:* *http://www.facebook.com/PermacultureAssociation*


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*After spat, La. to have 1st black chief justice * *Lycée parents complain to BESE about pricey fees for tutoring ~Jessica Williams, The Lens* *Lycee Francais questioned on racial diversity, outreach issues before state board ~Uptown Messenger* *6 Southeast parishes unite for storm, flood protection* *Oil in cavern and sinkhole being moved* * * *Industrial ships prove 'vital' to tax rolls* ** *Joe Negron: Congress must strip Army Corps of Engineers authority over Lake Okeechobee, give it to regional, Florida management that would be more accountable * *Post-Isaac Assistance Availab... more »

3 Vintage ‘Scientific’ Big Pharma Drugs that Contained Ingredients Like Heroin

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Anthony Gucciardi Would you like some *Bayer Heroin* for that cough? How about some cocaine for that back pain? It sounds truly insane now, but *for decades major drug companies* like Bayer were peddling off diacetylmorphine (known as heroin) as a powerful pharmaceutical method of treating coughs, curing morphine addiction (seriously), and just about everything else. Better yet, virtually all of these products were *proudly advertised in the prestigious American Journal of Surgery.* Even following the subsequent ban on heroin being sold as a drug by Bayer after roughly 26 years... more »

Greece Is Not Poor - It Actually Has Massive Untapped Reserves Of Gold, Oil And Natural Gas

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Michael Snyder, *Contributor* It turns out that the poster child for the European debt crisis is not actually poor at all. In fact, the truth is that the nation of Greece is sitting on absolutely massive untapped reserves of gold, oil and natural gas. If the Greeks were to fully exploit the natural resources that are literally right under their feet, they would no longer have any debt problems. Fortunately, this recent economic crisis has spurred them to action and it is now being projected that Greece will be the number one gold producer in Europe by 2016. In addition, Gree... more »

9 Supermarket Secrets: What Your Grocer Won’t Tell You

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Elizabeth Renter If you love reading about natural health, you may already be a little suspicious of every food on your grocer’s shelves. At this point, you are likely a label reader, you check produce stickers to see how far your vegetables have traveled, and you are on the lookout for food items you know, or at least suspect, may have genetically-modified ingredients. But, are you aware of all the many supermarket secrets that could be working against your physical and financial health – aside from you feeling things like nasty effects of pesticides smothered on your produce? ... more »

Big Pharma Giant Withdraws Major MS Drug, Increases Price by 20 Times

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Lisa Garber Corporate greed trumps noble intentions yet again in the world of Big Pharma. Sanofi, the world’s fourth-largest pharmaceutical company, recently withdrew the leukemia drug Alemtuzumab after 20 years of prescribing it, off label, to treat multiple sclerosis patients. Sanofi and subsidiary Genzyme cite intentions to apply for appropriate licensing—but before you applaud the companies for following regulations, keep in mind that they intend to rebrand and raise the cost of Alemtuzumab—by 15 to 20 times. *Off label Use* Prescribing drugs according to a physician’s inst... more »

The Next Food Crisis Will Be Caused By Globalist Land-Grabs and Privatization

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Susanne Posel, *Contributor* The UN warns that global food stores like grains are depleting at an exponential rate; and when combined with failing harvests, there will be a food crisis in 2013. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) explains that “we’ve not been producing as much as we are consuming. That is why stocks are being run down. Supplies are now very tight across the world and reserves are at a very low level, leaving no room for unexpected events next year.” Since 2010, the FAO has stated that the rise in food prices is directly correlated to the 80 million ... more »

Global Food Reserves Have Reached Their Lowest Level In Almost 40 Years

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Michael Snyder, *Contributor* For six of the last eleven years the world has consumed more food than it has produced. This year, drought in the United States and elsewhere has put even more pressure on global food supplies than usual. As a result, global food reserves have reached their lowest level in almost 40 years. Experts are warning that if next summer is similar to this summer that it could be enough to trigger a major global food crisis. At this point, the world is literally living from one year to the next. There is simply not much of a buffer left. In the Western ... more »

Building a DIY Rocket Stove

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
*The Almost Free DIY Rocket Stove* Gaye Levy, *Contributor* Rocket Stoves are pretty neat. Common among campers and backpacking enthusiasts, rocket stoves are relatively new to urban dwellers or those that do not spend a lot of time outdoors. But wait – here come the preppers who seek fuel efficient ways to cook outdoors when the grid goes down. Not to make light of the situation, five years ago I had no idea what a rocket stove was nor did I know how they worked. How times have changed. While there are many commercial rocket stoves (and I own two including the Solo Stove and ... more »

Research: Pomegranate May Reverse Blocked Arteries

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Sayer Ji, *Contributor* While technically a berry, pomegranate "fruit" may be nature's answer to turning the tide against the #1 cause of death in the industrialized world: heart disease. Let's start with what it tells us simply through experiencing it... Pomegranate has a remarkable astringency, giving your mouth and gums that dry, puckering mouth feel. This cleansing sensation is technically caused, as with all astringents, by shrinking and disinfecting your mucous membranes. Anyone who drinks pomegranate juice, or is lucky enough to eat one fresh, can understand why it is ... more »

The Sanctions Game

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
image source Stephen Lendman, *Contributor* A previous article said that Washington bears full responsibility for imposing illegitimate sanctions on Iran. Other countries are pressured to go along. Doing so harms their own interests. Heavy-handed US bullying largely gets its way. Rule of law principles and norms are violated. At issue is advancing Washington's imperium. America's 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) lets presidents claim unusual and/or extraordinary foreign threats, declare a national emergency, and regulate commerce accordingly. Presidents ... more »

Highest Court in the European Union To Rule On Biometrics Privacy

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Katitza Rodriguez *EFF* Courts are investigating the legality of a European Union regulation requiring biometric passports in Europe. Last month, the Dutch Council of State (Raad van State, the highest Dutch administrative court) asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to decide if the regulation requiring fingerprints in passports and travel documents violates citizens’ right to privacy. The case entered the courts when three Dutch citizens were denied passports and another citizen was denied an ID card for refusing to provide their fingerprints. The ECJ ruling will play an imp... more »

What Will the Price of Gold Be in January 2014?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Jeff Clark *Casey Research* While many of us at Casey Research don't like making price predictions, and certainly ones accompanied by a specific date, it's hard to ignore the correlation between the US monetary base and the gold price. That correlation says we'll see $2,300 gold by January 2014. There are plenty of long-term charts that show a connection between gold and various other forms of money (and credit). Most show that one outperforms until the other catches up. But let's zero in on our current circumstances, namely the expansion of the US monetary base since the financia... more »

Orwellian Nightmare or Technological Utopia? Wired's "Living by Numbers" Health Conference

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Tony Cartalucci, *Contributor* *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's Living by Number Health Conference in New York City. T... more »

When is it rational to leave graduate school?

PM at The Duck of Minerva - 16 hours ago
Among the many interesting things about graduate school is its propensity to spark greater drinking than I ever thought possible. After preparing (most of) a three-hour talk on using R, I definitely found that celebrating America’s greatest brewer-turned-patriot was useful. … Continue reading →

EU regulators: Google privacy policy has legal ‘irregularities’ and may not be ‘in compliance’ with law

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* The new Google privacy policy, which was updated earlier this year, is now coming under fire from regulators in the European Union. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer previously called for an investigation into this privacy policy to be carried out by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) although any such investigation would be questionable at best. Seeing as Google has such a tight relationship with the United States government and was cleared of wrongdoing by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to their spying on Americans, any investigat... more »

Kraft Factory Chemical Accident Leads to Deadly ‘Poison Cloud’

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
Lisa Garber When workers at a German Kraft Foods facility accidentally poured nitric acid into a tank of sodium hydroxide, 250 factory employees fled and 700 firefighters arrived at the scene to combat the resultant blaze. About 1,800 people have been evacuated from the area and authorities have closed all nearby schools and kindergartens as well as a passing highway. It’s not just the fire authorities are worried about, however. The nitrous gases from the reaction are highly toxic to the human body. *Poison Cloud Released* When the firefighters attempted to pump the nitric aci... more »

Big Pharma Meningitis Outbreak Continues, No End in Sight

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
Lisa Garber The meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroids has killed 15 people and infected 231 as of Tuesday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the situation is not improving. “We’re nowhere near the end of this problem,” says Vanderbilt University Medical Center expert Dr. William Schaffner. “We will see more patients reporting in ill and we’ll have to treat many more going forward.” *14,000 People at Risk* Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration found fungus in sealed vials of a steroid manufactured by the New England Com... more »

New York Times Admits Stanford Organic Food Study Flaws, Apologizes

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
Lisa Garber We broke the story of Stanford’s ridiculous organic food study the very night of its publication. Now, a month later, the media is catching on to the study’s flaws; *New York Times Opinion* columnist Mark Bittman apologized for hoping—in vain—that the study would have little impact on the media. *“That was dumb of me,” he says, “and I’m sorry.”* *Narrow Definitions and Egregious Oversights* The study suggests that organic animal and plant products are no healthier than conventionally grown varieties. Bittman puts it beautifully: By providing ‘useful’ and ‘counterint... more »

Green Party Candidates Arrested At Site of Presidential Debate

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
*Activist Post* In an attempt to protest the two-party political monopoly in America's so-called democracy, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala protested outside last night's presidential debate which refused to allow them or other third-party candidates to participate. Both major parties have acted as one authoritarian force in keeping the presidential debates closed to independent-minded parties who they clearly fear may inject real issues into the discussion. The wholly corrupt Commission on Presidential Debates requires that independe... more »

A Farm for the Future Documentary - Part 1

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
BBC documentary on the precient global farming and food crisis, filmed in the UK. Featuring Martin Crawford (Agroforestry Research Trust), Fordhall Farm, Richard Heinberg and others. Topics covered are the influence of oil on the food production, peak-oil, food security, carbon emissions, sustainability and permaculture. A Farm for the Future Documentary - Part 2 *Direct link to the above youtube video:* * * *http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0X25hMLXiE&feature=relmfu** * Source: http://centerforsustainableliving.org/wordpress/permaculture/

McGuinty's Crimes, Not the "Robamney" Scam

thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 17 hours ago
I have almost zero interest in the sham debate between the two representatives of the oligarchs. What we should be talking about is condemning anyone who praises Dalton McGuinty's era of corruption and contempt. OUR own democratic process, which is teetering at the edge of the abyss is what should concern us. NOT the contrived spectacle of the country that fell into the depths long ago.

Smell the morning air

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 17 hours ago

Underground Bunker in Louisiana Explodes with 7000ft Mushroom Clowd

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 17 hours ago
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