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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

18 October - Blogs I'm Following

Rock Bottom (Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran song)
Rock Bottom (Lynsey de Paul and Mike Moran song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Components of Federal Debt As Percent...
English: Components of Federal Debt As Percentage of GDP FY1980-FY2007 (Source: OMB, Budget of the United States for FY2008, Historical Tables, February 2007; CBO) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Broadway show billboards at the corner of 7th Avenue and West 47th Street in Times Square in New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: VP of American Express U.S. Retail Travel Network Ellen Bettridge (C) addresses attendees and the media during the New York Times 2012 Travel show at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on March 2, 2012 in New York City. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
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English: Table 5. Recent U.S. aid to Israel. From a Jan 2, 2008 Congressional Research Service report for Congress titled "U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel." By Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Impact of permanent Bush tax cut extension including estate tax (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: Seal of the United States Congressional Research Service. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Roger Baker : Which Side Are You On, Austin?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 minutes ago
Most Austin City Council members are elected from four affluent zip codes, in red above. Which side are you on? The people's plan versus the politicians' plan The struggle for populist control of the city of Austin government by means of 10 independent district elections can be seen as the 1960s struggle for civil rights brought up to date. By Roger Baker / The Rag Blog / October 18, 2012 [

Implosion of Syria Myths a 'Nervous Breakdown' for US, Allies

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 9 minutes ago
* Daniel McAdams* lewrockwell.com October 18, 2012 The *New York Times* has finally reported what many watching the Syria insurgency have noticed all along: US-facilitated weapons shipments are ending up in the hands of radical jihadists. Of course while getting those facts right, the *NYT*, blinded as it is by ideology, gets the conclusion wrong. The Times has for some time been pushing the line that the US must act fast militarily in Syria lest the mythical “people’s uprising” be hikacked by radicals. In short, they have been — surprise — distorting facts to propagandize for war.... more »

Is America Too Divided to Continue?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 minutes ago
Being American these days is becoming something akin to sharing bathwater - it's no fun if you know the previous occupant is too damned dumb to wipe his butt. A good many Americans today find themselves wondering if they're wallowing in a human gravy boat. It was the South, today's Red States, that fought for their independence a century and a half ago. It's taken a good long while but now there are some Yankees coming out and saying maybe it's best for Red and Blue to part company. The internal contradictions and tensions may leave no other choice. A huge gap is emerging be... more »

Romney says Obama also has investments in Chinese companies and through a Cayman Islands trust

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 minutes ago
*Romney:* "Mr. President, have you looked at your pension? Have you looked at your pension?" *Obama:* "You know, I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours so it doesn’t take as long. I don’t check it that often." *Romney:* "Let me give you some advice. Look at your pension. You also have investments in Chinese companies. You also have investments outside the United States. You also have investments through a Caymans trust." http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2012/oct/17/mitt-romney/romney-says-obama-also-has-investments-chinese-com/

WELFARE SOARS 32% IN 4 YEARS....Must be the promise of that free obamaphone

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 minutes ago
Welfare spending has grown substantially over the past four years, reaching $746 billion in 2011 — or more than Social Security, basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government — according to a new memo by the Congressional Research Service. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/18/welfare-spending-jumps-32-percent-four-years/

Nigel Farage Euro Summit Take 22

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 minutes ago
Why is *David Cameron* the most enthusiastic supporter of federalism in the eurozone?

U.S. uses excessive force along Mexican border: U.N.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 minutes ago
The United States has used excessive force against immigrants along the Mexican border and should cooperate in investigating border killings, including those of many young people, the top United Nations human rights official said on Thursday. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-mexico-us-un-rights-idUSBRE89H13F20121018

Violence erupts at Greek anti-austerity protests

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 minutes ago
Greek police clashed with anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-greece-strike-idUSBRE89G1XI20121018

Obama children's school evacuated after suspicious call

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 minutes ago
Washington exclusive Sidwell Friends School, where President Barack Obama's daughters are students, was briefly evacuated on Thursday after a suspicious telephone call, the school said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-obama-school-threat-idUSBRE89H14520121018

Google Reveals 20% Drop In Income To $2.18bn

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 16 minutes ago
Google Inc stunned Wall Street on Thursday with a significant miss on both revenue and earnings, wiping 9 percent off the market value of the Internet search and advertising leader. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/net-us-google-results-idUSBRE89H14Q20121018

Yes, Gallup Is Probably Goofy. So What?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 21 minutes ago
Today's Gallup numbers? In their likely voter screen, Mitt Romney leads by a whopping 7 points, 52-45. On the other hand, they have registered voters at 48-47, with Romney barely leading. Meanwhile, Barack Obama's approval rating (measuring over three days, rather than the seven they use for head-to-head) ticks back up to 50%. Huh? It is highly likely that something is going wrong here -- a six point gap between registered and likely voters is just too high given how many registered voters actually vote, and a 50% approval rating (and the previous three days was at 48%) really isn't... more »

What We're Up Against

Jay Allbritton at Jay Allbritton - 28 minutes ago
Complicating all the problems we face in this country is a tendency among Americans to come up with opinions independent of the relevant facts. In this clip from Jimmy Kimmel's program a bunch of people are approached on the street and asked their opinion of the second presidential debate--hours before it happened. Amazingly, there were no shortage of people who were all all too happy to step up to the mic, look into the camera and sound off.

Nigel Farage Euro Summit number 22

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 51 minutes ago
*** I'm now at the 22nd EU crisis summit since 2009. I am expecting nothing to be achieved. ** Merkel's idea for an EU Super Budget Commissioner is an appalling proposal. It's a straightforward attack on national democracy.*

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 18th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 51 minutes ago
Magnitude M 4.5 Region MOLUCCA SEA Date time 2012-10-18 16:26:55.4 UTC Location 0.02 S ; 125.69 E Depth 43 km Distance 173 km SE Tondano

Media Endorsements In The Buck McKeon-Lee Rogers Race (CA-25)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 57 minutes ago
Like most incumbents, McKeon has the local media pretty much in his back pocket. Every year the district's biggest newspaper, the *Santa Clarita Valley Signal*, run by one of his friends, mumbles about how they plan to force him to be a better congressman and then gives him a shallow, tepid endorsement. We support McKeon, but we want to see real solutions coming from him concerning Cemex-- without any political strings attached... We want him to return to being more of a Santa Clarita guy rather than a Washington guy. If our congressman is unwilling to do this, we believe he shou... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN SANGIHE, INDONESIA - 18th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 58 minutes ago
Magnitude M 4.6 Region KEPULAUAN SANGIHE, INDONESIA Date time 2012-10-18 14:01:50.5 UTC Location 4.72 N ; 125.91 E Depth 54 km Distance 90 km SE Sarangani

John Alexander - "UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities"

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 hour ago
(Blogger's Note: A slightly different version of this review appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of the *Journal of Scientific Exploration*.) *UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities* by John B. Alexander. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 2011, 305 pp. $25.99 (hardback). ISBN 978–0–312–64834–3 It is said that the truest test of a man’s intelligence is how much he agrees with you, and I find that Dr. Alexander and I share a great number of opinions. I looked first at the chapter about Philip Corso, who claimed an inside knowledge of the Roswell UFO crash and the gove... more »

Americans' Wages Expect to Decline Further

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
The Wall Street Journal reports today: "US Executives Pessimistic" (2012, Oct 18), p. B2. The article explains that a survey of 6,8000 Harvard Business School alumni found that respondents were "deeply pessimistic about the ability of companies in the US to compete in the global economy and to pay high wages to US workers...." We are experiencing a global "race to the bottom" in wages driven by the ceaseless desire to maximize profits at all costs. Please see my essay on the devolving neo-feudal economy here: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/low-wages-in-us-signal-devolving.h... more »

In determining whether speech is hate speech context is critical

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
*Lund v. Boissoin*, 2012 ABCA 300 holds, very properly, that in determining whether speech is hate speech, and subject to legal sanction, context is critical: B. Consideration of context [61] In cases subsequent to Taylor, the importance of the context and the circumstances of the publication have been emphasized. For example, in considering the application of the comparable Saskatchewan legislation, Richards J.A., in Owens v Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, 2006 SKCA 41 (CanLII), 2006 SKCA 41, stated at para 60: As a result, it is apparent that... more »

Jay D. Jurie : A Free School for the 21st Century

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
The Professor, his own self. Graphic treatment by James Retherford / The Rag Blog. A free school for the 21st century: The Online University of the Left The OUL is dedicated to 'changing our thinking, changing opinion, changing the world." By Jay D. Jurie / The Rag Blog / October 18, 2012 Are you interested in learning more about society and the world we inhabit, how it all got to be the

Google engineer finds FinFisher spyware tracking political dissidents

Intercept at The Intercept - 1 hour ago
*Engineer and student discover spyware from UK company targeting political activists.* ITPro By Rene Millman [image: Spyware]Spyware developed and sold by a UK-based company has been used to snoop on dissidents in autocratic regimes, according to two security researchers. The software, legitimately produced and sold by British firm Gamma International, has somehow managed to find its way into the hands of some of the most repressive governments in the world. According to Google security researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire and Berkeley student Bill Marczak, the spyware was found in ema... more »

Another Transfer of Wealth is Occurring in America

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
Majia here: Another transfer of wealth is occurring as properties formerly held by individuals are transferred to wealthy investment entities representing the Wall Street interests. Federal efforts to help distressed borrowers are sabotaged as states use foreclosure suit funds to plug budget deficits, rather than help the distressed borrowers. Wall Street already has a plan for their latest asset seizure - rent backed securities. Here are the articles from which I derive my analysis. "States Shift Foreclosure - Suit Funds" The Wall Street Journal Nick Timaros October 18, 2012 p.... more »

Man sets himself on fire outside Italy president's palace

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
A man who had lost his job and feared he could no longer support his family doused himself in alcohol and set himself on fire in front of the presidential palace in Italy on Thursday. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/uk-man-fire-italy-idUKBRE89H13D20121018

Pope Sending Timothy Cardinal Dolan on Peace Mission to Syria

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 hour ago
He will serve on a Vatican delegation that will travel next week to the war-ravaged country. Good luck to him; a tough gig to say the least! Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-sending-cardinal-dolan-on-peace-mission-to-syria/#ixzz29fXowzwt

Germany and France are holding an unscheduled meeting right now.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
The move is an attempt to iron out some of their disagreements before getting down to business with the other 25 leaders from across the EU. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/oct/18/eurozone-crisis-eu-summit-greece-strike

WHO LOST AMERICA: Sirota and Lawrence, Dionne and Rendell!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 hour ago
*THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2012* *Part 4—The problem is (also) us:* How does our rapidly failing nation pretend to discuss major topics? For starters, consider that front-page report by Annie Lowrey in last month’s New York Times. Lowrey wrote a “Washington Memo” about Mitt Romney’s absurd tax proposal. There was nothing “wrong” with her report—although she pretty much buried the lede. According to a meticulous study, Romney’s ridiculous tax proposal isn’t “mathematically possible.” Lowrey failed to cite that eye-catching statement until she hit paragraph 20. Annie Lowrey buried t... more »

New Nuchelchen Video of Fukushima Steaming 10/17

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago

Twitter blocks neo-Nazi group's messages in Germany.....Wouldn't want to Tarnish the Nobel Peace prize, would we?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 1 hour ago
Twitter has blocked messages in Germany from a group banned by local authorities over right-wing extremism, using its powers to withhold content in one specific country for the first time. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/twitter-germany-idUSL5E8LIBNW20121018

Czech PM ready to veto EU bank supervision

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 hour ago
*TBBT:* Off topic news: tonight, the S06E04 episode of The Big Bang Theory will finally bring Howard back to Earth. A game night will become a gender war. All the Czech media and some international outlets inform about the decision of Mr Petr Nečas, the Czech prime minister and a trained plasma physicist, to veto the planned European pan-continental bank supervision as it stands. This project is pushed primarily by Monsieur Hollande. He argues that the Czech Republic would be the most severely affected country of the EU. In this particular question, you should forget about Pre... more »

US Imperialism Unleashed: Descent into Barbarism

Intercept at The Intercept - 2 hours ago
Global Research Ben Schreiner The triumph of imperialism leads to the annihilation of civilization. Rosa Luxemburg, The Junius Pamphlet With signs of a global economic downturn mounting, US aggression across the Middle East and North Africa ratchets up. And once again, US imperialism stands poised to swing open the gates of Hell. The choice presently confronting humanity, then, is one between imperialism on the one hand, and the struggle against imperialism on the other. Global Capitalism Imperiled According to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook report released last week, the “risk... more »

Bangladesh father denies son involved in New York bomb plot

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 2 hours ago
The father of a Bangladeshi man accused of attempting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank denied on Thursday that his son was involved and said he was the victim of a "racist conspiracy". http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-usa-crime-bombplot-bangladesh-idUSBRE89H0SC20121018

Good-bye NextMedia, we hardly knew ya

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
Bloomberg lays it out, the deal is going through: Next Media signed a memorandum of understanding to sell its print and television operations to Jeffrey Koo Jr., according to a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange yesterday. Koo is the eldest son of Chinatrust Financial Holding Co. founder and Chairman Jeffrey Koo Sr. The sale marks the exit of the Hong Kong mogul, known for criticizing the Chinese government, from Taiwanese media as business and political ties improve between the island and China. Lai’s foray into Taiwan’s television industry in 2010 led to two straight annual lo... more »

something to live for

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago
Necessitous men are not free men. Liberty requires the opportunity to make a living, a living decent according to the standard of the time, a living which gives man not only enough to live by, but something to live for. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Believe in the American Dream!

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 3 hours ago
Here's a blast from the past. A declaration is an affirmation. Independence means self-government. They could have called The Declaration of Independence, The Affirmation of Self-Government! Aha! The Founders were libertarian. Abraham Lincoln noted, "Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. " Priebus says that the libertarian philosophy is "almost a non-factor" today. Republocrats AKA the oligarchy seeks to dest... more »

Report questions claims of vaccine efficacy and their rationale for use

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
Having covered the vaccine issue and all it's pitfalls on countless occasions, the insincerity/hypocrisy of the pharma/medical complex never ceases to amaze me!! As you can see by the title of this post, a report has been released that questions the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing flu, and of course, the rationale for promoting their use as ineffective as they really are. So, let me explain why the use of flu vaccine is promoted year after year by governments the world over. In a nutshell. It is justification for taxpayer money to be misused to fill the coffers of the pharma... more »

31 Days of Photo Props: Pearls and Feathers

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 4 hours ago
*Have you entered the Owl Necklace Giveaway yet?* One of my favorite shoots to do with small babies involves pearls and feathers. These darling old-fashioned pictures look smashing in black and white or sepia, it gives them that vintage look everybody seems to be looking for these days. I prefer to shoot these photos with the baby just in a diaper, with a diaper cover on, that way the pearls really stand out. These photos have three aspects, a headband of some kind, I like to use a largish flowers, a strand of pearls to go around their neck and then a pile of feather boas to surro... more »

College Still Pays

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 4 hours ago
A nice, accessible analysis of the economics of higher ed from Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney.

When Reason Fails... Bully!

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 4 hours ago
You can practically drink the flop sweat in the air, it's so thick. And leave it to the Republican Party to pull the ultimate card, employee intimidation, to try to pull off a November surprise that a five year-old can tell them ain't gonna happen. Yes, during the year when we've bullied bullying in the classroom and the schoolyard, the GOP actually thinks bullying your employees into voting Republican is a good tactic. Check out this clip of Deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh on the 13th talking to, predictably, old white people. He tells his constituents that if they run a business, now wou... more »

Thursday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
Germany calls for the EU to transition to economic empire. John R. Deni makes the case for a US forward presence in Europe (via Paul MacDonald). Nick Bisley examines the meaning of “Indo-Pacific” for geopolitical order. Mark Leon Goldberg tells … Continue reading →

We Get Tear Sheets-- Wisconsin Edition

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Yesterday you saw some of the mobile billboards we're running in PA-16 on behalf of Aryanna Strader and in CA-25 on behalf of Lee Rogers. We have a dozen billboards up in southeast Wisconsin that point out the differences between Paul Ryan and Rob Zerban. YOU built those boards... or at least those of you who have contributed to our Independent Expenditure Committeethrough Act Blue or by sending a check to Blue America at PO Box 27201, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Every cent we're getting in now goes straight into our radio and TV ads. (By the way, there's no limit what you can legally gi... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 4 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Chuck Berry, 86. Some good stuff: 1. A twofer: Irin Carmon interviews the woman who asked the question about pay equity at the debate; and Jamelle Bouie debates Buzz Bissinger. 2. To complement those: John Sides on undecided voters. 3. Another twofer: Ezra Klein reads the debate transcript, parts one and two. 4. TPC lets you play with tax reform ideas. 5. And Paul Waldman looked deeper at debate questions than I did, but had the same conclusion: no evidence of bias, and the perception of bias was probably produced by the bunching of tough questions for Romney a... more »

US Jobless claims rise sharply, government flags seasonal factors

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
A Labor Department official said it appeared that state-level administrative issues were distorting the data. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-usa-economy-jobs-idUSBRE89H0NI20121018

Conscience and Credibility

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 5 hours ago
Amid the cynical furor of Canadian politics, Andrew Coyne singles out four people -- three men and one woman -- who have credibility because they are guided by conscience, not convenience. Coyne writes: Politics is about packs; the more ruthless, more disciplined, more pack-like of the parties mauls the others into submission. It prizes loyalty, not before all other virtues, but to their exclusion. *We hunt together*, the aspiring politician is told. *Stick with the pack*. And so each learns to scrape and smear, to manipulate and deceive, to promise one and threaten another, exac... more »

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 18th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Magnitude 4.5 Date-Time Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:26:42 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 11:26:42 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 20.598°S, 178.360°W Depth 545.7 km (339.1 miles) Region FIJI REGION Distances 331 km (206 miles) W (280°) from NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga

Japan robot suit offers hope for nuclear work

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Brain wave-controlled robot suits that allow wearers to don heavy radiation protection without feeling the weight are unveiled in Japan.

Police fire teargas at Greek anti-austerity protest

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 5 hours ago
Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-greece-strike-idUSBRE89G1XI20121018


Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 5 hours ago
*Is TARAH TOOHIL listed anywhere in Mitt Romney's BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN? I ASK OF THEE? * Sometimes you have to put aside the serious issues and hop on something while the funny bone coals are still hot in the fire. There's two mind-boggling funny political stories going on right now: Mitt Romney's "BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN" and Tarah Toohil's...well I don't know how to describe this..."LESBIAN BONG" video/picture that surfaced. Tarah Toohil is a Republican "family values" party politician in our local area, we'll get to that later. First we'll tackle "BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN". In ... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 5 hours ago
Website for this image... *Anonymous writes about Jimmy Savile:* "I was only 12 but Jimmy Savile came and gave us a talk about himself and his work for charity etc. "He said it was great cover for his real work as a spy. "He said spies have to have deep cover and England would be part of a grand plan and it was so exciting to be part of this and all of us children must help to bring England and Israel closer together. "I later told my Mum and she said its just pop speak and did not mean anything, but i wonder now in the light of recent revelations about high level Jews keeping hi... more »

UA-MAS Reception - Oct 22

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 5 hours ago

PLS Don't bring ALEC to the Local Level!!

2old2care at Because I Can - 5 hours ago
Saw this article this morning and it scared me more than anything. This coupled with the fact that three ALEC past state legislators are running for MN county offices and the MN state private sector chair is running for a park commissioner position, as I wrote about earlier. It is bad enough that ALEC members are screwing up our government at the state and federal levels - we do NOT need ALEC members at the local levels of government. From Arizona Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny As a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, served on Civil Justice Task Force and Tax a... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*AP issues correction to instance of Katrina shorthand ~Levees.org* *Saints QB Brees isn’t sure NFL is listening to players’ complaints * *Sewage and Water Board sends 10 percent rate hike plan to mayor* *The Jindal Shuffle ~C.B. Forgotston* *UNO loses 800 on admissions standards* *BP settlement could remove local control* *Spillway deer hunting dates set* *Cochon de lait & Festival at St. Edward Parish *

My prayer is to the One who may not even hear

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
Still, I say it H. Leivick

Episode 30 of the Disarming Grannies of the UK Documentary Series: "A Big Fall"

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 6 hours ago
18 October 2012 The Final Verdict*EPISODE THIRTY: “A big fall”* Helen continues with her appeal and is dismayed when her expert witnesses are unable to defend her argument that the interception of communications, carried out by Menwith Hill, is an illegal act. Helen’s argument, throughout this case, has been that the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act provides a layer of protection to America’s global surveillance outside of war time, which is in breach of our human rights. But with a lack of approved evidence to back up her claim, it seems that this veteran peace campaigne... more »

In Defense of Indigenous Studies: This Time, It’s Personal

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 6 hours ago
TRUTHOUT Wednesday, 17 October 2012 11:31 By Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, SpeakOut | Op-Ed Seemingly few people realize that when the state came after Ethnic Studies in Arizona a few years ago, it was because the state deemed Raza Studies to be outside of western civilization. That's Pat Buchanan-speak for: Brown people are savages. Actually, it's Torquemada-speak for these brown people are pagan. This war has actually been an old-school Inquisition against the Indigenous culture of Mexican/Chicana/Chicano peoples. Yet, one thing is to go after a program, a department or even a dis... more »

Despite Pledge of Open Government, Obama Prosecuting Whistle-Blowers as Spies..

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Eric Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama, has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined, including law-and-order Republicans John Mitchell, Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-18/obama-pursuing-leakers-sends-warning-to-whistle-blowers.html

More evidence of deception as White House contradicts president's statement...

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The President clearly misled the American people with this claim, because if Obama’s Rose Garden speech was indeed the White House position, it did not inform any subsequent statement by the White House press office — and was even directly contradicted by his own spokesman several days later. On September 20 — eight days after Obama claims to have called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror” — Jay Carney affirmed to reporters that the White House had never called it “a terrorist attack.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/more-evidence-of-deception/2012/10/17/2a4a26... more »

Residents take community protection into their own hands after police dept cuts

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Who needs government? Voluntarism works! JG Vibes Residents in Josephine County Oregon have taken matters into their own hands, in light of recent police department budget cuts and started their own community protection services to pick up the slack. The population is small, but there is still a lot of ground to cover, the county is larger than the state of Rhode Island. According to the Associated Press: “Josephine County, population about 83,000, recently lost $12 million in federal timber county subsidies. The jail, sheriff’s patrols, prosecutors, probation officers and juv... more »

Greek Police Clash With Austerity Protesters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
Campaigners in Athens pelt police with petrol bombs and rocks, as demonstrations over government cuts turn violent. http://news.sky.com/story/999301/greek-police-clash-with-austerity-protesters

Fifty years on, what have we learned?....Nothing!.....But we have a Nobel Peace Prize

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
The European Union should be discerning about what lessons to take from history. The view ahead for the European Union is bleak and scary, so looking back is often a strong temptation. The past offers comfort, consolation and possibly even inspiration. This week, the EU was wallowing in memories of the single market's origins, in a bid to breathe new life into the 20-year-old's enervated body. The announcement on Friday that this year's Nobel Prize for Peace was being awarded to the European Union was another invitation to retrospection. As people cast around to search for plausib... more »

EU summit: Angela Merkel calls for national budget veto

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Angela Merkel said the economics commissioner should be given clear rights to intervene when national budgets violated the bloc's rules. The idea is likely to be strongly opposed by members concerned about any increase in the EU Commission's powers. This isn't the first time that member countries have been apposed to anything dictated to them by the EU, but No is not accepted by the |EU...Let's see what Happens this time, maybe someone packed a backbone for this summit. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19986603

Greeks protest austerity as EU meets

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, aiming to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-greece-strike-idUSBRE89G1XI20121018

U.S. taxpayers poised to subsidize Asia coal demand

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Asian economies, hungry for coal, stand to gain from a U.S. program meant to keep domestic power cheap and abundant by subsidizing leases on federal land in Montana and Wyoming. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-coal-exports-idUSBRE89H0CI20121018

Rule of Law 17: Justice Without Discrimination

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
I like this posting today in facebook by FNF Pakistan, reposting it. ##### These were the last written words we have received from Hasan Jafarey, who died two days ago. He wrote his perception during our IAF Alumni Meeting in September: *Why I am liberal * Principles of liberalism pertinent to Pakistan By Hassan Jaffarey 1. Rule of law The most important function of the Rule of Law is to provide for justice to all without discrimination. This is the only glue that can provide for harmony and equality. When a sense of justice and the existence of a just society exists in polity and ... more »

U.S. security contractors drunk and high in Afghanistan while on $47m contract to protect American lives against terror attacks'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Whistle blowers secretly taped key personnel injecting drugs, chugging vodka and wrestling each other - Said there is 'no way' staff would have been able to protect American lives from terrorist attack - The U.S. Army has launched a criminal investigation into the Virginia-based company - Use of alcohol or illegal drugs by U.S. contractors in Afghanistan is prohibited by the military, with the manual describing a 'zero-tolerance' policy http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219286/Shocking-video-shows-U-S-security-contractors-drunk-high-Afghanistan-47m-contra... more »

Peter Chadwick claims: 'I didn't kill my wife... I just disposed of her body'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
- Peter Gregory Chadwick, 48, says another man murdered his wife Quee - He claims he was forced to load her body onto a truck and then ordered to drive south towards the Mexican border in another car - Authorities said there were signs of foul-play at couple's multimillion-dollar home in gated community in Newport Beach http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218929/Peter-Chadwick-Millionaire-real-estate-executive-denies-murdering-wife-saying-forced-load-body-truck-drive-Mexico.html

Homeland Security graduates first Corps of Obama’s Homeland Youth

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*October 7, 2012*. Vicksburg. The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country. *On September 13, 2012*, the Department of Homeland Security graduated its first class of FEMA Corps firs... more »

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 18th

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude M 5.2 Region SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA Date time 2012-10-18 09:00:05.0 UTC Location 6.45 S ; 98.01 E Depth 10 km Distances 556 km (345 miles) WSW of Bengkulu, Indonesia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake AZORES ISLANDS, PORTUGAL - 18th

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 08:38:34 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 08:38:34 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 39.321°N, 29.875°W Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) Region AZORES ISLANDS, PORTUGAL Distances 107 km (66 miles) E of Santa Cruz das Flores, Portugal

Waitrose magazine display oops

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago

Good morning world!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago

New York Fed 'Bomber' Is Bank Manager's Son

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
The family of a man who allegedly plotted to blow up a weapon of mass destruction in the US said they were stunned by his arrest and insist he had never displayed any radical tendencies. http://news.sky.com/story/999312/new-york-fed-bomber-is-bank-managers-son

Comprehensive Survival Food Storage Guide by Rady Ananda

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 8 hours ago
Comprehensive Survival Food Storage Guide by Rady Ananda Food Freedom News, 17 October 2012 Survival food storage practice doesn’t require Mormon membership, but the tradition, wrought from their first Utah winter, is worth emulating should *disaster strike* or *technology fail*, two survival books by Mat Stein. This guide, Part 2 of my *survival series*, relies on Stein’s books, and websites dedicated to survival preparedness. At its most basic, food storage wisdom demands that you buy what you eat, and organize and label the boxes or bins with contents and date. Stocks shoul... more »

ABC Exclusive: Video Shows Drunk, Stoned US Defense Contractors

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Watch More News Videos at ABC | 2012 Presidential Election | Entertainment & Celebrity News Full article here: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/video-shows-drunk-stoned-us-security-contractors/story?id=17493189#.UH_BlcXA_qJ

UK Police In Violent Forced Eviction: "The New World Disordered Corporate State"

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 9 hours ago
15 October 2012 *SHOCKING: * This could be you. Watch as London resident with heart condition is violently assaulted by a gang of private 'Community Police Officers', and then evicted, a brutal act planned and carried out by the TMO - a local PPP/PPI private administrative corporation disguised as a government agency in Kensington and Chelsea, London. This short documentary film by Patrick Henningsen was aired previously by the UK Column (14 min version), and has been re-edited to 22min version with extended analysis. It lays bare the illegal and criminal methods being employed... more »

Paul Krugman, "Small-Time Mitt"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Small-Time Mitt"* by Paul Krugman "So, I was amazed to hear Mitt Romney describing himself as having “come through small business”, as if his private equity firm were just like a mom-and-pop store or something. But Digby informs us that he made similar claims in his convention speech, making Bain sound like a scrappy little start-up. And it’s true it had only 10 people at first — that, and $37 million, yes, $37 million, in seed money. Where did that $37 million come from? A large part from foreigners, in many cases investing via Panama-based shell companies. Also, funds from f... more »

The Economy: “Doomsday Cycle Targets America Next”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*“Doomsday Cycle Targets America Next”* by Paul B. Farrell “Warning bells, alarms scream louder. But our banks and politicians can’t hear, are deaf, in denial. Won’t take action... not until it is too late. That’s the latest from Simon Johnson and Peter Boone in “The Doomsday Cycle Turns: Who’s Next?” Who is next? America, Japan, the euro zone are the triple threat next in the line of fire, in danger of collapsing, thanks to a doomsday conspiracy where global “political and financial systems have aligned to build these dangers rather than suppress them. America has ignored the l... more »

Green Party Candidates Arrested, Shackled to Chairs For 8 Hours For Tryi...

noreply@blogger.com (Say No To Corporate America!) at Say No To Corporate America - 9 hours ago

Police officer Ray Huffman Kills Pet dog before trying to clean up the evidence - but it's all caught on video

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
- Raul Ayala claims his dog was shot 'in cold blood' by police officer Ray Huffman - Video shows the cop firing several shots at the dog before dragging it away and washing the blood away with a hose - Town stands by Officer Huffman, saying that the shooting was justified http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219226/Ray-Huffman-Familys-horror-cop-shoots-dead-pet-dog-caught-video.html

Violent crime in U.S. rises for FIRST TIME since 1993 and is up 18% from last year

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
- Violent crime increased 18% from last year - First year-to-year increase in such crime since 1993 - Household burglaries also on the rise from 3.2million last year to 3.6million this year http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219212/Violent-crime-U-S-rises-FIRST-TIME-1993-18-year.html

Michelle Obama broke debate rules by CLAPPING as Candy Crowley backed her husband over Romney's Libya claim

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
One of the most controversial moments of last night's presidential debate came when moderator Candy Crowley attempted to correct Mitt Romney as he criticised Barack Obama's handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. But now it has emerged that the applause was not just started by impartial observers, as First Lady Michelle Obama was one of those who led the ovation for Crowley. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219144/U-S-presidential-debate-2012-Michelle-Obama-leads-applause-Candy-Crowley.html

Alex Ramos posts naked deceased images of Amanda Michelle Todd via twitter, Anonymous Track Him Down

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Repelled and repulsed by Ramos’ actions the hacker group took it upon themselves to invade Ramos’ twitter account, going so far as to list his personal phone number Lets hope the Police actually do something about these sick twisted people. http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/10/anonymous-track-man-who-released-naked-deceased-images-of-amanda-michelle-todd-via-twitter/

Kody Maxson Denies being Amanda Todd's Stalker....But Claims to know who the Real Starker is

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A man accused by the hacker-activist group Anonymous of bullying Amanda Todd is approached by CTV News reporter Lisa Rossington. Oct. 15, 2012. http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/10/amanda-todds-purported-stalker-reckons-knows-he-knows-who-her-real-stalker-is/

Arab Spring fallout: More sophisticated weapons in Gaza

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Militant sources in Gaza tell CNN that a shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missile was used to try to shoot down an Israeli helicopter flying east of Gaza last week. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/17/world/meast/gaza-weapons/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Libyan rivals clash; 11 people were killed in shelling that erupted Wednesday when a Misrata-based militia loyal to the Libyan government attacked the rival city

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
You would think this image was from when the west was Bombing Libya, but in fact it was taken just last week in Bani Walid, about 115 miles southeast of Tripoli when it was destroyed during ongoing clashes. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/17/world/meast/libya-violence/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Pakistan Factory fire victims were trapped behind locked doors

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Pakistani investigators say most of the victims were trapped behind locked emergency exits that left more than 250 people dead in Factory Fire in Karachi http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/17/world/asia/pakistan-factory-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

Meningitis deaths rise, FDA faces new questions

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The death toll from a meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroids jumped to 19 on Wednesday, while U.S. lawmakers pressed federal health regulators to explain what they knew about the pharmacy that produced the drugs. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-usa-health-meningitis-deaths-idUSBRE89G1GE20121018

U.S. relied on little-known firm for Benghazi security

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
WASHINGTON/BENGHAZI, Libya - The State Department's decision to hire Blue Mountain Group to guard the ill-fated diplomatic mission in Benghazi, entrusted security tasks to a little-known British company instead of the large firms it usually uses in overseas danger zones. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-libya-usa-bluemountain-idUSBRE89G1TI20121018

Iran and Turkey Join Syria Peace Envoy in Call for Truce

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Iran declared support on Wednesday for the new Syria peace envoy’s cease-fire proposal, joining Turkey in a rare moment of accord between two of the regional powers backing opposite sides in the 19-month conflict that has pitted the Syrian government against an array of armed opponents. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/world/middleeast/iran-and-turkey-join-syria-peace-envoy-in-truce-call.html?_r=0

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE - 18th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 05:23:14 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 02:23:14 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 34.689°S, 71.906°W Depth 43 km (26.7 miles) Region LIBERTADOR O'HIGGINS, CHILE Distances 89 km (55 miles) NNW (346°) from Talca, Chile

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEBRASKA - 18th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 3.6 Date-Time Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 05:21:11 UTC Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 11:21:11 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 42.217°N, 101.978°W Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) Region NEBRASKA Distances 30 km (18 miles) NW of Hyannis, Nebraska


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Biltmore, built by the Vanderbilts in North Carolina in 1889.* Today, 20% of USA's national income goes to the richest 1% of Americans. This is roughly how it was at the time of the Vanderbilts. 5% of the USA's national income goes to the top 16,000 families in America. This is more extreme than in the days of the Vanderbilts. *The Economist: Growing inequality is one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time * * * "Social mobility in America, contrary to conventional wisdom, is lower than in most European countries. "The gap in test scores between ri... more »

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake REYKJANES RIDGE - 18th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.6 Date-Time Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 04:32:31 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 02:32:31 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 53.391°N, 35.141°W Depth 9.7 km (6.0 miles) Region REYKJANES RIDGE Distances 970 km (602 miles) SE of Nanortalik, Greenland

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake FLORES REGION, INDONESIA - 18th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.1 Date-Time Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 04:14:31 UTC Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 12:14:31 PM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 8.098°S, 123.597°E Depth 32.7 km (20.3 miles) Region FLORES REGION, INDONESIA Distances 106 km (65 miles) ENE of Palue, Indonesia

Oh how modern Saudi Arabia is becoming

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
Just before the 8am news on Radio 4's Today programme this morning was a piece about Saudi Arabia's first female film-maker. The piece included a list of the restrictions placed upon women in Saudi Arabia: unable to drive, to work, to associate with men who aren't family members etc. etc. etc. Of course these restrictions were described as being in place because Saudi Arabia was a 'conservative' country. for the BBC it is always good to associate bad things with Conservatives, subliminal messages rule! However what also struck me was that the BBC have in the past ran little pieces a... more »

Sasquatch Cranial Size

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
The take home here is that the cranial capacity can be effectively measured from the Patterson film and shown to be no more than that of Homo Erectus. That alone excludes the possibility of a hoax. As well the skull architecture conforms to gigantopithecus. So we pretty clearly know just what we have here. It is not a neanderthal and has separated from the human lineage a long time ago. It may well have separated around the same time as Homo Erectus or sooner. It did adapt to the forest niche in particular. As an aside, I have assembled a lot of details on the Sasqua... more »

Alpha Centauri's First Planet Discovered

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
The good news is that we have a planet and were there is one there will be others. We still lack a gas giant but we can now be sure plenty of junk exists. This is all important simply because Alpha Centauri is certain to be the first star we send an expedition to even if it uses direct Newtonian methods or alternately via a worm hole. As an aside, I am seeing more and more reports conforming to the empirical existence of wormholes. I even now have ideas of how to go about producing one in the laboratory. It should not cost a fortune either. In the meantime, we are ... more »

Rossland Sasquatch Sighting

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is a fairly typical report. What makes it interesting today is that this type of story is beginning to be treated with respect by reporters who are perhaps finally remembering their jobs. The biker made an honest report and the reporter made an honest report. Slowly but surely the mass of general coverage and genuine academic interest is now tipping the balance and these encounters are getting the respect that they have always deserved. I have assembled as have others a huge mass of data about these creature's life ways over the past fifteen years. With literally th... more »

Is There a Savant in All of Us?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
I suspect that the difference between normal intelligence and so called savant status is incentivation. This does not happen naturally and ample good enough solutions exist that the individual knows he is good enough. An injury forces the brain to manufacture effective work arounds and this often is well done releasing a surplus of specific talent. Can we artificially generate such work arounds? We do know that repetitive practice can undo known flaws. Can we choose enhancements and should we? Memory skills have been long trained for a range of reasons although it is ... more »

Shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic: E. coli-plagued Brooks packer handed off to Brazilian owned multinational

david at Alberta Diary - 11 hours ago
Deckchairs on the Titanic. The situation in the head office of XL Foods may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: The JBS logo. The U.S. arm of a giant Brazilian beef-processing company announced yesterday it will immediately take over operations of XL Foods Ltd.’s troubled beef packing plant in southeastern Alberta, site of the continuing ... more »

They Will Not Have My Obedience!

noreply@blogger.com (Say No To Corporate America!) at Say No To Corporate America - 11 hours ago

Experts warn, Computer viruses and malware uncontrolled in medical tech

Megaan at Current news updates, World current news - 11 hours ago
*According to healthiness and security experts, high risk medical technology has been found to be infected by computer viruses and malware. *Outmoded computer systems which were not able to be changed were to blame for the vulnerabilities. The warnings were specified as part of a panel discussion in Washington DC, as reported by Technology Review from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The opinion of Mark Olsen, chief information security officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston is that the hospital had 664 pieces of medical equipment running on old vers... more »

Mr. Jones Versus the Fluvial Geomorphologist

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 11 hours ago
Sometimes these stories write themselves, actually this post is entirely written by someone else, it`s the Northern Gateway panel review, JRP, also known as the Enbridge pipeline, what we have below is questioning to Enbridge representatives, .. Let me introduce you to the players, *Mr. Jones is the Haisla`s legal council*, and of course the Haisla bear the most risk, a tanker spill in the Hecate Strait or Douglass channel would extinct species and destroy the engine in BC`s wild west coast.. And those four gentlemen are Enbridge experts on oil recovery????? *DR. Mathew Horn... more »

Preparing for war, Israel’s North looks to lessons from 2006

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
*Caught off-guard by missiles’ reach during Second Lebanon War, officials now expect the unexpected.* http://www.timesofisrael.com/preparing-for-war-israels-north-looks-to-lessons-from-2006/ * *

Cameron forced to defend £16m aid to 'role model' Rwanda awarded just hours after UN attacked dictator's regime

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
David Cameron yesterday defended sending millions in aid money to a controversial African dictator - just hours after the United Nations accused his regime of masterminding a bloody rebellion led by a wanted war criminal. The Prime Minister said the Government was right to restore £16 million of aid to Rwanda - hailing the regime led by President Paul Kagame as a ‘role model for development’. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219354/Prime-Minister-David-Cameron-forced-defend-16m-aid-role-model-Rwanda.html

Mastermind of 9/11 attacks takes the stand condemning the U.S. in sickening tirade saying America killed as many people as the terrorists

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
'When the government feels sad for the death or the killing of 3,000 people who were killed on September 11, we also should feel sorry that the American government that was represented by (the chief prosecutor) and others have killed thousands of people, millions,' said Mohammed, who wore a military-style camouflage vest to the courtroom. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219187/Khalid-Sheikh-Mohammed-Mastermind-9-11-attacks-wears-American-camouflage-vest-court.html

Debate Delusions Delineated - Manipulated America: How They Control US and Why We Let Them?

From our buddy at the Angry Bear we learn the truth about the debate delusions. It’s Happening. The Pundits Are Now Recognizing What HAPPENED Last Night. Posted by Beverly Mann | 10/17/2012 Okay, thus far it’s just one major pundit, the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne, whose column posted at 1:58 p.m. demolishes the media’s Conventional Wisdom of last night and this morning, which focused

National Geographic Channel 'bombarded with TERROR threats from Muslim extremists' over Bin Laden raid movie

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
The National Geographic Channel's Washington, DC headquarters has increased security after being inundated with terror threats over the upcoming release of the film Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, according to a source. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219209/National-Geographic-Channel-bombarded-TERROR-threats-Muslim-extremists-Bin-Laden-raid-movie.html

NHS doctor accused of Syria terror kidnapping appears in court as it's revealed 15 British Nationals are at Islamic training camp in country.....Shhh! they are not Terrorists, they are rebels!!

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Fifteen British nationals are suspected of being part of an Islamic training camp in Syria, it emerged yesterday during a court appearance by an NHS doctor accused of kidnapping a photographer in the war-torn country. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219371/NHS-doctor-accused-Syria-terror-kidnapping-appears-court-revealed-15-British-Nationals-Islamic-training-camp-country.html

David Cameron to unveil plan for referendum on Britain's future in the EU......How many times has he promised this now?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
David Cameron is poised to make a dramatic announcement that if re-elected he will call a referendum on Britain’s future in the European Union. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219367/David-Cameron-unveil-plan-referendum-Britains-future-EU.html

Nobel Peace Prize? A Fascist party in full cry, Black-shirts smashing migrants' homes, Swastikas on the streets. No, not Germany in the Thirties... Greece 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
Greece: So dangerous are the streets for foreigners that the U.S. State Department has sent out a warning to dark-skinned American visitors that they must be careful of their safety when they leave their hotels http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219374/A-Fascist-party-Black-shirts-smashing-migrants-homes-Swastikas-streets-No-Germany-Thirties-Greece-2012.html

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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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 - 13 hours 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! - 13 hours 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 - 14 hours 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. Freedom of speech exists, but it is *constrained with the habitual use of totalitarian labels* like "conspiracy theory" and anti-establ... more »

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

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 14 hours 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 - 15 hours 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 - 15 hours 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. Whi... more »

CRYPTOGON: Belgium Exxon-Mobil Manager Shot Dead

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 15 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 cov... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 hours ago
Gila, New Mexico, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Survival Trick #183"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago

"The 12 Rules of Survival"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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 - 16 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
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