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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, October 19, 2012

19 October - Blogs I'm Following II

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 17: House Majority W...
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 17: House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (R) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) walk through the U.S. Capitol Building, on February 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate voted to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
English: Congressman Darrell Issa's Official 1...
English: Congressman Darrell Issa's Official 111th Congressional Photograph (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
10:09 pm MDST

Another "home" state rejects Romney

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 minutes ago
This strikes me as a pretty BFD. Salt Lake City Tribute issues stinging condemnation of Romney and endorses Obama: Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world... more »

Sunday Classics preview: So I was slogging through Episode 2 of Season 2 of the new "Upstairs Downstairs" . . .

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 9 minutes ago
*Charles Dutoit conducts Tokyo's NHK Symphony in 1998 in "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity," the middle movement of the seven that make up Gustav Holst's beloved concert suite The Planets.* *by Ken* Yeah, I wish the picture and sound of our clip were better, but at least Dutoit *gets* the piece, which you wouldn't think would be all that difficult. But this sets him apart from some very famous conductors you can see on YouTube. (I don't want to mention names, but it's a shame that as grand a conductor as Eugene Ormandy, especially in splashy orchestral display music like this, will... more »

U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan Is Surrounded By Al-Qaeda Suicide Bombers

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 15 minutes ago
Photo: Al-Qaeda suicide bombers, or, as they're known in Afghanistan, "opium poppies," are seen here surrounding an American soldier. For more details, visit *Washington's Blog*.

Darrell Issa is worse than a terrorist

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 44 minutes ago
No seriously. This Darrell Issa belongs in Gitmo. This just in from Imani. In his never ending quest to prove he's the world's biggest asshole, Darrell Issa signed a death warrant for Libyan activists working with the US: But this afternoon, Darrell Issa—in a stroke of sheer idiocy—published reams of State Department documents, and this woman’s name appears in the documents—unredacted. And now her life is in danger. The lives of several other Libyans named in the documents are in danger. And House Republicans, specifically Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz, are to blame. Republican... more »

Zane Grey, "Recipe For Greatness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 47 minutes ago
"Recipe for greatness- To bear up under loss, to fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief, to be victor over anger, to smile when tears are close, to resist evil men and base instincts, to hate hate and to love love, to go on when it would seem good to die, to seek ever after the glory and the dream, to look up with unquenchable faith in something evermore about to be, that is what any man can do, and so be great." - Zane Grey

Obama: 'Not Optimal' Americans Getting Killed In Libya

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 49 minutes ago
What a poor choice of words. Lazy. Stupid. Obama is half-assing everything: his debates, speeches, everything except his *comedy routines* at dinners/roasts. He'd make a better comedian than a president. He is not a serious president. Never been, never will. The problem is that it is hard to take Obama seriously. The whole world knows by now that he is just a puppet. The office of the Presidency has no credibility so it doesn't matter who fills it. Until the office regains its pre-Kennedy assassination credibility and legitimacy, nothing will be fixed in America. Gerald Celente *te... more »

"Pay It Forward: Elevation Leads to 'Altruistic Behavior'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 51 minutes ago
*"Pay It Forward: * *Elevation Leads to 'Altruistic Behavior'"* by Barbara Isanski "Seeing someone perform a virtuous deed (especially if they are helping another person), makes us feel good, often eliciting a warm, fuzzy feeling in our chest. This positive, uplifting emotion, known as "elevation," might make us feel great, but is it enough to get us to go out and perform good acts ourselves? According to new findings reported in "Psychological Science," a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, the answer may be yes. Psychological scientists Simone Schnall from t... more »


Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 58 minutes ago
I've been offline all day doing travel prep. Travel tomorrow so I'll be offline until late. So stealing shamelessly from mistermix at Balloon Juice. This is very good. Don't know if it will catch on, but I'm definitely stealing this meme from POTUS. Romnesia is the perfect definition of Rmoney's latest pander to the ill informed. [More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“NGC 2623 is really two galaxies that are becoming one. Seen to be in the final stages of a titanic galaxy merger, the pair lies some 300 million light-years distant toward the constellation Cancer. The violent encounter between two galaxies that may have been similar to the Milky Way has produced widespread star formation near a luminous core and along eye-catching tidal tails. *Click image for larger size.* Filled with dust, gas, and young blue star clusters, the opposing tidal tails extend well over 50,000 light-years from the merged nucleus. Likely triggered by the merger, ... more »

Paulo Coelho, "Incompetence Behind Authority"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Incompetence Behind Authority"* by Paulo Coelho "Jean was walking with his grandfather through a public square in Paris.At a certain point, he saw a shoemaker being mistreated by a client, whose footwear showed a flaw. The shoemaker listened calmly to the complaint and apologized, promising to correct the error. Jean and his grandfather stopped to have coffee at a bistro. At the table next to them, the waiter asked a man to move his chair a little in order to make space. That man burst into a torrent of complaints and refused to move. “Never forget what you have seen today,”... more »

11 Reasons To Get Your Kids Out Of The Government Schools

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Michael Snyder, *Contributing Writer* It should be painfully obvious to everyone by now that it is time to get all of our kids out of the government schools. The public school system in the United States has been dramatically declining for a long time, and in most areas of the country the public schools are open sewers at this point. Yes, there are some U.S. public schools that are still very good and that do a decent job of preparing our young people for their adult lives. But those good schools are the exception to the rule. Hopefully the school shooting that just happened ... more »

8 Reasons to Say NO to College

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 2 hours ago
Bohemian Mom You may already be wondering, “what parent in their right mind would not want their kids to go to college?” I half expect the Child Protective Services to beat down my door just for writing this. It was not that long ago that I myself would have shunned this article, and concluded that its author is an unfit parent. But a measured look at the reasons why college may not be the best choice reveals another side of the story that most parents aren't usually exposed to. I must state upfront that if our children desire a profession that requires college, of course we... more »

Chet Raymo, “Matters of Life and Death”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Matters of Life and Death” * by Chet Raymo “For the past few days I've have passed this poor bedraggled creature on the sidewalk. I cannot help but think of that essay in Lewis Thomas' "The Lives of a Cell" called "Death In the Open." How rare it is, he writes, to see a dead wild animal. He mentions squirrels in particular. They teem in his backyard, he says, all year long, but he has never seen, anywhere, a dead squirrel. "It is always a queer shock, part a sudden upwelling of grief, part unaccountable amazement. It is simply astounding to see a dead animal on the highway... more »

Roswell Minutia - Negative Investigation

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 2 hours ago
As the Roswell investigation spreads, we come upon some strange information. I was told, not all that long ago, that the negatives of Ramey, Ramey and DuBose, and Jesse Marcel, in the Special Collections at the University of Texas – Arlington, had been sold. It was suggested that someone at Microsoft had bought the negatives but to make it worse, those negatives were now gone. They had been lost. This was big news because it is on one of the negatives of Ramey and DuBose that the message clutched in Ramey’s hand could be seen and partially read. Over the years, as technology improv... more »

Lebanese Intel Chief Assassinated - Who did it? - Lebanese Girl

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
Here is more info about the blast in Beirut that killed a high-level Lebanese intelligence/security official. The Angry Arab *writes*: Update: he is dead. It has been confirmed that Hariri security chief (and coordinator of Saudi intelligence work in Lebanon), Wisam Al-Hasan has been targeted in Beirut explosion. A reporter on the scene reports that Hasan has been seriously injured. Al-Hasan has been tasked with Saudi intelligence of facilitating arming and funding of Free Syrian Army from Lebanon. His name has been linked with the ship, Lutfallah II, which was intercepted as it... more »

Apologies if you've already encountered the Owl Jolson Story. It's still the best story I can offer tonight

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*It turns out that the little owl dubbed Owl Jolson isn't a youngster but a saw-whet, a species of owl "that only grows to a height of 7 or 8 inches and to a weight of about 3 ounces."* *by Ken* It turns out that I don't even have to explain why I'm offering this story, even though I'm coming late to it, of an owl-in-a-shoebox turned in at the NYC Parks Department's HQ in the Arsenal in Central Park. For once it's not only safe but gratifying to venture into the comments sections, and here's a comment that explains as well as I could why I'd rather spotlight this story tonight tha... more »

Drake Alert

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 3 hours ago
Those inclined to following Drake or otherwise interested might want to click here for his latest update. I'll let him keep you updated as his updates will probably come fast and furious now. No pun intended. Also this site here.

Drone Warfare

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
The inevitable blowback to high-tech warfare. Walter Pincus Oct 15 The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/the-inevitable-blowback-to-high-tech-warfare/2012/10/15/dc4c1496-147f-11e2-ba83-a7a396e6b2a7_story.html [Excerpted] A Jan. 3 Congressional Research Service report noted that last year there were 680 drone programs worldwide, up from 105 in 2005. The United States has about 7,000 drones. the Pentagon is looking toward developing drones as possible replacements for strategic bombers and eventually fighter aircraft. And there are even smaller ones... more »

This Is What Sask Premier Brad Wall Calls A 'Boom'

leftdog at Buckdog - 3 hours ago
*"Saskatchewan reported a 6.2-per-cent decline in wholesale trade in August, the largest sales decrease among the provinces and the third consecutive monthly decline. [...] Sales rose in eight provinces in August, with Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec accounting for most of the national increase."* © Copyright (c) Saskatoon Star Phoenix

#RoadTrip : Where now?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
And now? [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

#RoadTrip : Where now?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
So where the hell am I now? [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

GAIA PORTAL: Grids and Portal Points Have Aligned… Revelations Come at Quickened Pace

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 3 hours ago
* * * * *Grids and Portal Points Have Aligned… Revelations Come at Quickened Pace* by ÉirePort Revelations come at quickened pace within and without for and from all those aligned with Gaia grid upgrades occurring at this time. Grids and portal points have aligned correctly for enabling and supporting revelation phase prior to Gaia ascension. Openings of doors and windows into all Earth planet operations will begin in short order on the 3D. Current Higher Receptivity and Visualization is desired from all Ground Light Crew, which will allow and support coordination of all events. ... more »

Rancourt blasts the Canadian judiciary on Progressive Radio Network USA -- Radio interview

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 3 hours ago
PRN (October 19, 2012; 11:00 EST) Denis Rancourt gave a riveting live interview with radio host Stephen Lendman, based on his personal experiences with the Canadian courts as a self-represented defendant in a private lawsuit funded from public money by the University of Ottawa...::: Link to the PRN web page

Lights, Camera...Propaganda!RT: Hollywood beats the war drum

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 4 hours ago
Last week, I was interviewed by Russia Today reporter Ramon Galindo for a short piece on how Hollywood depicts foreigners and serves the interests of U.S. foreign policy by demonizing whatever Washington's enemy du jour happens to be at any given time. The piece is short (3 minutes), but very well done, and I was lucky enough not to be left completely on the cutting room floor. (Sadly, though,

SaLuSa, October 19, 2012

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 4 hours ago
SaLuSa, October 19, 2012 As channeled by Mike Quinsey Here we are on the verge of a great episode in your journey through duality, that will end with those who are ready to ascend leaving your present dimension. It does not mean that everything will change at once, but it will result in you being elevated to a higher dimension where you are with other souls of a similar vibration. It will ensure a life in which you experience a close harmony and joyful relationship with all souls. The harshness and confrontation you experience now will disappear for good, as those beings who ca... more »

Joseph Farah - Neo-Con, Cognitive Infiltrator

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 4 hours ago
Faux alternative media figure peddles Neo-Con agenda, sits on advisory groups with PNAC signatories. *by Tony Cartalucci* *October 20, 2012* - Joseph Farah and his World Net Daily (WND) project attempts to fill a niche, straddling the alternative media, and feeding inquiring minds back into servitude toward the greater corporate-financier agenda. He represents a retrenchment of the right - of the false left-right political paradigm - alongside other disingenuous media personalities like Glenn Beck, and on the left led by the forces of convicted criminal George Soros. Farah's propag... more »

Now Mexico Bans Cash

Intercept at The Intercept - 4 hours ago
The Daily Bell *Large Cash Transactions Banned In Mexico ... Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon has signed into law a ban on large cash transactions. The ban will take effect in about 90 days and it is part of a broader effort to control monetary flows within the country. Under the law, a Specialized Unit in Financial Analysis operating within the Attorney General's Office will be created to investigate financial operations "that are related to resources of unknown origin." For real estate transactions, cash payments of more than a half million pesos ($38,750) will be forbi... more »

"A Message from the Hopi Elders"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"A Message from the Hopi Elders"* "You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour. Here are the things that must be considered: Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Know our garden. It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader. This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift, that there are those who... more »

"Arguments: Stepping Back from Anger"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Arguments: Stepping Back from Anger"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "The emotional trigger than begins an argument may have little to do with your present situation, but has dug up a wound. When we find ourselves in an argument, we may feel like we are losing control of emotions that have taken on lives of their own. When we can become aware that this is happening, taking a deep breath can help us step back from the situation. Once we can separate ourselves from the heat of the moment, we may find that the emotional trigger that began the argument has little to do with the pr... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Travelers Rest, South Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Viruses and Scams"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Viruses and Scams"* by John Toth "A while back, I clicked on the wrong place of a pop-up that warned me that I had lots of viruses on my laptop. I meant to click on the exit button, but accidentally clicked on scan. That was a big mistake. It was a virus, and it took over the laptop. The virus prompted me to pay $80 to remove it. But, someone I know had done that before – and nothing happened – except that she lost $80. I used another computer to go online and started searching for solutions, and in a couple of hours I had my computer back. I found a program that killed it out... more »

"Welcome to Ted Nugent's Gun Country!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
* "Welcome to Ted Nugent's Gun Country!"* Discovery Channel and TV's Descent Into Total Idiocy By Alexander Zaitchik "Discovery is chasing the lowest common ratings denominator by pandering to survivalist gun nuts. If one scene defines last week's premiere of "Ted Nugent's Gun Country", set in the survivalist-thick scrublands surrounding Waco, Texas, it is the show's unnervingly giddy and pony-tailed host standing behind a .50-caliber Browning armor-piercing machine gun and blowing a bunch of holes in the four-inch reinforced steel door used by a team of local "preppers" t... more »

The College Caste System and Crushing Student Debt

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
It is not at all surprising that many well-intentioned folks concerned with the costs of higher education today have turned to technology in hopes of reducing costs and limiting tuition increases. After all, when students are at home in their pajamas and the professor (maybe in his pajamas, too) is connected via the web (in real time or asynchronously) from anywhere in the world, and no one is using physical classroom space with maintenance costs, utility costs, and parking problems, how great could that be? Pretty great, particularly if you are a large public university dealing w... more »

Will Anybody Demand Peter Kent's Resignation?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
Would someone who didn't have prior knowledge of this please demand Peter Kent's resignation? This, of course, is the deliberate dumping last July of 200,000 pounds of iron sulphide into the waters off the Queen Charlotte Islands or Haida Gwaii. The Old Massett Village band, scrambling for cover, says the Harper department of fisheries and oceans and the Harper environment ministry knew of it and did nothing to stop it. The MP for the Charlottes, NDP Nathan Cullen admits he knew all about it and likewise did nothing to stop it. Given the NDP are caught up in this there's no rea... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

NatGeo Sheds Light on Queen Charlotte Iron Dumping

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
Russ George is a man on a mission to come up with some scheme that will allow him to create, and sell, a fortune in carbon credits. His scheme of choice has been to promote seeing oceans with iron powders. The iron is supposed to promote algae blooms that will then absorb CO2 before dying and taking that trapped CO2 to the ocean floor for safe and permanent disposal. National Geographic pours salt water on the scheme. *The ‘experiment’ that was executed by George and colleagues is primarily under fire because it was done undercover, without scientific peer review or process, and ... more »

NatGeo Slams Geo-engineering

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago

Portal 2012: Power of Decision

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
http://2012portal.blogspot.com/2012/10/power-of-decision-our-decision-is-key.html Thursday, October 18, 2012 *Power of Decision* Our decision is the key that shapes the world. Decision is the spark of free will that ignites the cycle which brings everything into manifestation. Humanity as a whole has invited the dark forces on this planet in Atlantis. This was our old decision which triggered a cycle of suffering for humanity. Now, on October 21st, we are making a new decision. We are choosing freedom from all darkness and we are inviting forces of Light. We are deciding for un... more »

Opening a Small Twinned Section of Highway 63 aka How the Alberta Conservatives Gave Fort McMurray A Bag of Peanuts

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 7 hours ago
I've been a bit silent on the twinning of Highway 63 lately as work has kept me uber busy. Nevertheless, its an issue not far from my mind as I travel the highway on a regular basis. I caught word this morning of an announcement regarding the highway but wasn't able to get details until I returned home from running some errands downtown. Actually, its a double announcement --- a small section of highway "will open to traffic soon" and the province has committed to having the highway twinned by 2016. Of course, this small section that will be opening has been in the works for God... more »

Another Full Blown Scandal Enveloping Deranged North Carolina Closet Case Patrick McHenry

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
These days, when someone is looking for congressional scandals, they usually go to GOP criminal types like Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm (R-NY), David "The Gangster" Rivera (R-FL) and Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA), all of whom are barely avoiding indictments. But scandal has dodged diminutive little closet case Patrick McHenry for his entire career-- and not just the regular legalistic bribe taking that he and so many of his colleagues use to finance their careers-- and this year is no different. McHenry started in politics working as a sleazy operative for Karl Rove in 2000 and it's ... more »

#RoadTrip : Guess where ...

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Yes folks, I'm on a road trip. So where the hell am I? [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

#RoadTrip : Guess where ...

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Yes folks, I'm on a road trip. So where the hell am I now? [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

#RoadTrip : Guess where ...

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Yes folks, I'm on a wee road trip. So, where in the world am I now? [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Another Scurrying Rat - This Time He's NDP

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
NDP MP Nathan Cullen says the federal government should have done more to prevent the experimental dumping of 100-tonnes of iron sulphide in the waters off the Queen Charlottes. Oddly enough Cullen, the MP for that area, acknowledges he knew about the project as far back as last summer when he met with its backers and it appears he saw no need to sound an alarm. "*I never got the sense that they were trying to do harm or that there was any bad intent at all, and felt like they had done their work in terms of talking to marine scientists and lawyers. … They thought they had a defens... more »

Binders Full of Women and Two Women Bound

And to whom would bound women appeal most? Not those valuable women voters that Rmoney needs. I am a member, past Secretary, and past Editor for the League of Women Voters. Hurrah! Binders Full of Women, and Two Women Bound Amy Goodman You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the “town hall” presidential debate at Hofstra

“Forget QE3 - America’s Going Bust, on the Road to Bankrupt Hell”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Forget QE3 - America’s Going Bust, on the Road to Bankrupt Hell”* by Addison Wiggin “If America had a credit card, it would get mercilessly cut up and thrown back in her face. The country’s basically broke and isn’t paying its debts. Harsh, but true. All of that - and how it could affect your family and your retirement - is revealed in this urgent video report. Don’t wait, watch now." View this video report here: - http://www.agorafinancial.com/reports/ Full written transcript is here: - http://www.agorafinancial.com/reports/

Rewarding Impunity

Intercept at The Intercept - 8 hours ago
Why is President Obama's attorney general handing out prizes for sweeping torture under the rug?Foreign Policy David Cole On Oct. 17, Eric Holder handed out the Justice Department's annual awards for distinguished service to a slew of department employees. Featured at the top of the awards announcement were the men and women who successfully prosecuted 10 New Orleans police officers for killing innocent civilians in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and a U.S. marshal who risked his life to protect a victim from a violent fugitive during the fugitive's capture. But buried at the bo... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 8 hours ago
CHILD ACTORS; CHILD ABUSERS; TOP PEOPLE Anonymous left a comment on the post "TOP PEOPLE SMEARED": "An old friend Terry Stinchcombe, while he was still at Warwick boys school, was pimped out to the Krays (gangsters who reportedly supplied boys to top people) by the headmaster. "Terry said he can't remember the number of men who had him, and later needed psychiatric treatment for alcoholism and petty theft. "Terry said many boys that are forced into this sexual activity kill themselves out of self loathing. "He believes that the bundles wrapped in sheets Jimmy Savile took to hosp... more »

"Agitating for Apathy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Agitating for Apathy"* by Joel Bowman "Willie Whitelaw probably had it right, but for the wrong reason. As Margaret Thatcher’s long-serving deputy, he is said to have accused the opposing Labor Party of “going around the country, stirring up apathy.” We have no way of knowing for sure, but we assume Mr. Whitelaw meant this as a kind of slur. Good citizens of Britain should have taken it as a congratulation. The phrase “stirring up apathy” has been employed many times since, usually in the service of those who wish to deride one or another particularly odious civil servant/ser... more »

No Woman Dies in Childbirth, Another Republican Fable

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 8 hours ago
This time it's in Illinois where Republican congressman Joe Walsh attacked the abortion exception for "life of the mother" on the basis that no woman today dies from childbirth. In fact, pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. have been increasing and now stand at just over 15-deaths per 100,000 live births.

Beirut Blast [October 19, 2012]

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
The CIA Times - *"Bomb in Beirut Kills a Security Chief, Reviving Old Fears" *: BEIRUT, Lebanon — A large bomb exploded in the heart of Beirut’s Christian section on Friday, killing a top Lebanese security official and at least seven others, wounding dozens and spreading anxiety and dread in a city where memories of sectarian violence from Lebanon’s long civil war have been resurrected by the conflict in neighboring Syria. My money is on the Mossad. They're known to do these things. Stirring up trouble in the region has always been the Mossad's way. CNN - Raw video: Aftermath of ca... more »

Flicks restaurant E. coli outbreak: 44 cases are confirmed

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has said there are now 44 confirmed cases and 144 probable cases following an E. coli outbreak linked to a Belfast restaurant. They said this was the figure at 15:00 BST on Friday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20010106

A Better Case for the Electoral College

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 8 hours ago
Good for Dan Foster of the National Review, an Electoral College supporter who presses the point even though it appears that there’s an electoral bias against his preferred candidate in this cycle. However, I strongly disagree with his case: In short, the College reflects the formal and constitutional fact that the president is elected chief executive of a union of states — federated but sovereign — and not a glomeration of people. The executive of the Constitution, of the Founders, is president of the United States, not president of America…It affirms that we vote as citizens of t... more »

Bomb threat prompts Texas A&M campus evacuation

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Authorities ordered the campus of Texas A&M University evacuated on Friday after receiving a bomb threat, the latest such incident at colleges in recent weeks. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/19/us-usa-texas-bombthreat-idUSBRE89I11320121019

A "Dad's Army" hand grenade left over from the Second World War left 13 people needing hospital treatment.

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
The casualties, who were not seriously injured, were exposed to toxic fumes after workmen disturbed the stockpile of phosphorous grenades left in the sealed-up cellar of a property in Bamber Bridge near Preston, Lancs. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/dads-army-hand-grenade-lands-13-in-hospital-after-gas-leak-8217901.html

Marburg outbreak confirmed in Kabale, Uganda

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Health experts have confirmed an outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus in the western district of Kabale after samples from two relatives taken to the Uganda Virus Institute tested positive. http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/636587-marburg-outbreak-confirmed-in-kabale.html

Bird flu outbreak in Dien Bien, Vietnam

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
DIEN BIEN (VNS)- Cases of bird flu have been reported in Noong Luong Commune, Dien Bien District in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien. Director of the provincial Department of Animal Health Cao Thi Tuyet Lan said bird flu outbreaks were discovered last Friday in two households in the commune's Village 12, with nearly 720 livestock suffering from the disease. Three days later, local authority discovered nearly 400 other livestock infected with the H5N1 virus in Village 15. http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/social-issues/231642/bird-flu-outbreak-in-dien-bien.html

Major damage, injuries after several likely tornadoes hit Mississippi

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Update: At least 7 confirmed tornadoes hit Mississippi in rare October outbreak The National Weather Service reports at least 14 counties sustained major damage from what were more than likely tornadoes Wednesday night. http://www.examiner.com/article/major-damage-injuries-after-several-likely-tornadoes-hit-mississippi

Shark attack on paddle boarder reported; man, 55, uninjured, Hawaii

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 8 hours ago
Officials closed beaches around Kanaha Beach Park Thursday morning after a shark bit a stand-up paddle board around 7:30 a.m. off of an area known as "Kite Beach," or Kaa Point. Stand-up paddle boarder David Peterson of Pukalani was not injured, officials said. http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/566092/Shark-attack-on-paddle-boarder-reported--man--55--uninjured.html?nav=10

Some Monty Python songs to cheer up your friday night

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
"I bet you they won't play this song on the radio" "Sit on my face" And finally not a song but one of my favourites... Precision Drilling

Woman Killed In Cardiff 'Hit And Run' Crashes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A 32-year-old woman has been killed in a series of hit and run incidents in Cardiff, and another 11 have been injured. http://news.sky.com/story/1000069/woman-killed-in-cardiff-hit-and-run-crashes

Breaking: Rachel will keep her trap shut tonight!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012* *Susan Rice can go hang in the yard:* The thing we’ve found most offensive in this is the way they’re willing to waste Susan Rice. The way they’re willing to take her out with their insultingly stupid "logic" and their cherry-picked quotes. We don’t know Rice, but she has always seemed smart and decent to us. Now she’s being taken out, as was done to so many others back in the Clinton-Gore years. And how strange! Rachel, upset by the war on women, is hiding beneath her big desk! They keep pounding away at Rice—and Rachel keeps very silent. Open letter ... more »

Peace? It's a Dangerously Flexible Concept

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
The Canadian debate over the F-35 has always overlooked perhaps the most critical issue. We never want to discuss what signing on for the F-35 means for Canada's defence policy and posture. Yet that airplane, as none other could, will steer our defence policy and posture for decades to come. The F-35 is the love child of America's 21st century hyper-militarism. It's not a fighter, that's just bullshit. The F-35 is a light attack bomber, a "penetration" warplane intended to wrap itself in stealth protection to enter heavily defended airspace, bomb some target, and get ba... more »

Lebanese government to sue producers of TV drama Homeland because 'it portrays Beirut as full of terrorists' (on the day car bomb in city kills eight)

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
- Lebanese Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud is consulting lawyers about legal action and is demanding an apology from producers - He said the latest episode wrongly depicted the city as strong-hold for terrorists and a place where foreigners are attacked - Complaint arrives just as car bomb rocks city, leaving at least eight dead http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220040/Lebanese-government-sue-Homeland-producers-portrays-Beirut-terrorists.html

Simon Cremer faces bankruptcy after being forced to pay £5,000 compensation (and £40,000 costs) to the THIEF

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Simon Cremer who forced employee Mark Gilbert to wear a sign saying 'thief' after he stole from him has been ordered to pay £45,000 in legal costs and compensation. Mr Cremer, 48, frog-marched Mr Gilbert through the streets of Witham, Essex to humiliate him after the 40-year-old wrote a cheque to himself for £845 and cashed it. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220163/Bankruptcy-fears-boss-stealing-employee-wear-thief-sign-round-neck.html


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 9 hours ago
*Goodell recuses self from Saints bounty investigation!*

Jan Crawford slanders Ambassador Rice!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012* *Rachel and Lawrence stay silent:* Alabama’s own Jan Crawford has always been a bit suspect. Wednesday night, on the CBS Evening News, she went to Benghazi in her mind. Please note her unfolding logic as she joined the mainstream press in adopting a right-wing attack. Crawford started out with a peculiar construction. When hacks have a right-wing hit to perform, they find some amazing routes: CRAWFORD (10/17/12): For weeks, Republicans have said the president`s reluctant to call the attacks terrorism is a sign his administration doesn’t have a competent ... more »

George Osborne charged £160 after being caught in First Class carriage with a standard train ticket

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
The Cheshire MP, believed to be worth more than £4.6m, was seen arguing with train staff, after he refused to move from the First Class carriages on the train from Wilmslow to London despite only having a Standard ticket. ITV's reporter Rachel Townsend was on the same train, and gave a running commentary on Twitter. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220250/George-Osborne-charged-160-caught-First-Class-carriage-standard-train-ticket.html

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL CALIFORNIA - 19th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Magnitude 3.8 Date-Time Friday, October 19, 2012 at 17:44:45 UTC Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:44:45 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 36.468°N, 121.034°W Depth 7.1 km (4.4 miles) Region CENTRAL CALIFORNIA Distances 12 km (8 miles) SE (126°) from Pinnacles, CA

Clive Sharpe Charged With Murder Of Catherine Gowing

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
Ms Gowing, 37, failed to arrive at work at the Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold, North Wales, on Monday. http://news.sky.com/story/1000055/man-charged-with-murder-of-irish-vet

Cardiff: Eleven Injured In 'Hit And Run' Crashes

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A man has been arrested after 11 people were hurt in a series of "hit and run" car accidents in the Welsh capital, Cardiff. http://news.sky.com/story/1000044/eleven-injured-in-hit-and-run-crashes


thwap at thwap's schoolyard - 10 hours ago
I've long had a problem with the argument that "rape is not about sex; it's about power." If that were the case, there'd be a lot more bar fights between men, ending with the loser getting forcibly sodomized, than there are. I mean, if it's not about sex, but about power, who has more power in the world? Men have more power. Therefore, if I guy wants to establish his status and power in the world, it would make more sense to rape another man. If it wasn't about sex, then why are there so many guys who convince themselves that they're not raping anybody? "No doesn't always mean no." "... more »

Native Women Fighting Tar Sands

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Nobel Women’s Initiative Visit the Tar Sands Oct. 9 – 16, 2012 Posted on October 11, 2012 by admin [image: nobel women, tar sands, environmental destruction] *Reposted from the Indigenous Environmental Network* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Our *Breaking Ground: Women, Oil & Climate Change *delegation *officially kicked off on*, *October 9*, and we’re flying high – literally!! *Follow them online from October 9-16 *as the Nobel Women’s Initiative travels to the oil sands of Alberta and into British Columbia along the proposed route of the Northern Gateway Pipel... more »

Andrew Mitchell Resigns After 'Plebs' Row

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Andrew Mitchell quits as the Government's Chief Whip a month after his outburst at police guarding the gates of Downing Street. http://news.sky.com/story/1000051/andrew-mitchell-resigns-after-plebs-row

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 19th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.2 Date-Time Friday, October 19, 2012 at 17:22:03 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 05:22:03 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 21.090°S, 176.436°E Depth 14 km (8.7 miles) Region SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS Distances 205 km (127 miles) ENE of Ceva-i-Ra, Fiji

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 19th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.9 Date-Time Friday, October 19, 2012 at 17:19:21 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 02:19:21 AM at epicenter Location 32.708°N, 141.664°E Depth 41 km (25.5 miles) Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION Distances 179 km (111 miles) ESE (103°) from Hachijo-jima, Izu Islands, Japan

The Rats Scurry for Cover

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 10 hours ago
Russ George must be wondering where everybody went. The rogue geoengineer behind the dumping of 100-tonnes of iron sulphate off the Charlottes in July suddenly doesn't have all the friends he had just a few months back. Harper EnviroShill Peter Kent says he only learned about it just this week. Oh my goodness, gosh, how could this have happened right under Pete's nose? *Kent, responding to questions in Parliament, said spreading iron on the ocean appears to be illegal.* *"Environment Canada was not asked to approve this apparent violation of the Canadian Environmental Protect... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 19th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 4.3 Date-Time Friday, October 19, 2012 at 16:27:54 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 01:27:54 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 4.935°S, 134.106°E Depth 36.1 km (22.4 miles) Region NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA Distances 92 km (57 miles) N of Dobo, Indonesia

Welfarism 24: Proposed Amendments to the Solo Parents Welfare Act

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
While the State has the obligation to protect the citizens’ right to life, private property and liberty, it may have no right to persecute, directly or indirectly, private enterprises by forcing them to give mandatory discounts to their consumers especially if such discounts are not made tax deductible . The provisions of two Senate Bills amending RA 8972 or the “Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000” seem to go along this practice. To give additional benefits to solo parents, SB No. 2563 by Sen. Manny Villar provides these mandatory discounts: (A) TWENTY (20%) PERCENT DISCOUNT ON ALL... more »

Syria to UN: KSA, Qatar, Turkey Support of Terrorists Hinders Dialogue

Intercept at The Intercept - 10 hours ago
Moqowama *Syria sent Thursday two identical letters to the UN Security Council and the General Secretary about that evidence on involvement of foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, in supporting and arming the terrorist groups in Syria.* The Ministry declared that "supporting terrorism and arming the terrorists in Syria became overt that went so far as to urge others to get involved in this track which has been clear in the statements of officials in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey." "It has been clear to all that those who are behind targeting Syria are the ... more »


Anon at aangirfan - 10 hours ago
The Scottish National party is now supporting Nazi NATO. SNP votes to abandon opposition to Nato SNP leadership narrowly wins controversial Nato vote at conference NATO U-turn vote backed by SNP stalwart Winnie Ewing The SNP is now a Nazi party.

Jupiter Photos Reveal Big Changes on Giant Planet

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Jupiter has been suffering more impacts over the last four years than ever previously observed, including this meteoroid impact on Sept. 10, 2012. http://news.yahoo.com/jupiter-photos-reveal-big-changes-giant-planet-115051881.html

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - 19th October

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
Magnitude 5.3 Date-Time Friday, October 19, 2012 at 15:34:14 UTC Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 03:34:14 AM at epicenter Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones Location 30.698°S, 177.645°W Depth 34.9 km (21.7 miles) Region KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND Distances 144 km (89 miles) NE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

GAP e-mailed apology for Manifest Destiny genocide t-shirts

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
*AIM – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DELIVERS DEMANDS, RECEIVES APOLOGY EMAIL FROM GAP REPRESENTATIVE* ** *GAP pressed for formal apology, to remove series of colonial t-shirts, and give funds to Leonard Peltier defense* ** *By SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AIM* *CENSORED NEWS* *Oct. 16, 2012* SAN FRANCISCO – An AIM Southern California Chapter representative delivered demands to a Gap Communications representative at Gap Headquarters. Gap representative Debbie Mesloh acknowledged that despite media and news claims, no formal apology had been issued. However, by early evening AIM Southern Ca... more »

Trash the vote

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 10 hours ago
The GOP obviously can't win the election fair and square with their failed policies, so they do what they always do lie, cheat, and steal Democratic registration forms and throw them in the trash. This story broke last night and it just gets weirder as it develops. This guy was a supervisor of GOP registration drives in swing states. He got caught throwing only eight forms away and only five of those were of voters not yet registered with the state. It begins to feel like he deliberatively got caught in a serious, but essentially petty crime in order to minimize the extent of the f... more »

Gary Delong-- Global Warming Denier... In Southern California?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Thursday we looked at how hostile to Science-- the engine of all economic progress-- the Republicans in Congress are. And, of course, like most reactionary trains of thought, Global Warming deniers are dominant in the old slave-holding states of the Confederacy. But in Southern California? Gary Delong, the Republican nominee who beat mainstream Republican Steve Kuykendall in the primary, roiled the race for the 47th CD congressional seat (Long Beach, Cypress, Westminster and Garden Grove) by making a stunning claim that he sees no scientific evidence of Climate Change. Does he th... more »

Merkel raises new hurdles on EU bank union

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised new hurdles on Friday to using the euro zone's rescue fund to inject capital directly into ailing banks from next year, dashing Spain's hopes of soon removing the cost from its strained national debt. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/19/us-eu-summit-idUSBRE89H0IZ20121019


Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
News From Underground Mark Crispin Miller *“WILL THE 2012 ELECTION BE STOLEN?” An Emergency Forum* ~ *Mark Crispin Miller* *(Fooled Again: The *Real *Case for Electoral** Reform*) *Jill Simpson* Attorney/Investigator *Lori Grace* Election Protection Activist *Jim March* BlackBoxVoting *Bob Fitrakis* Attorney/Author Election Reform Activist *Harvey Wasserman* Author/Environmentalist Election Reform Activist ~ *Free & Open to the Public * Monday, Oct. 22 Noon to 2:00 p.m. *Open Center * *22 E. 30th St.* *(b/t Madison & Fifth)* * * ** *Excerpt from Upcoming article: MOVEing In The Wrong D... more »

Native Americans demand formal apology for GAP genocide t-shirt

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Image by Indigenous Action . *AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA* *LEFT FURIOUS AND DEMANDING MORE FROM GAP* ** *By Southern California AIM* *Censored News* *Oct. 16, 2012* LOS ANGELES -- American Indian Movement Southern California (AIM So Cal) Chapter is left furious and demanding more, after Gap insufficiently responds to outrage to a MANIFEST DESTINY t-shirt by designer Mark McNairy. The shirt, black with white capital letters reading “MANIFEST DESTINY,” promotes an ideology that resulted in the mass genocide of indigenous people. The shirt serves to normalize oppression... more »

the universe

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

war odometer

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

RNC Official Arrested for Trashing Voter Registrations in VA Worked for Romney Consultant, 'Fired' GOP Operative Nathan Sproul

Intercept at The Intercept - 11 hours ago
Brad Blog Brad Friedman A man originally reported to have been working for the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested by the Rockingham County, VA Sheriff's office on Thursday and charged with attempting to destroy voter registration forms by tossing them into a dumpster behind a shopping center in Harrisonburg, VA. "Prosecutors charged him with four counts of destruction of voter registration applications, eight counts of failing to disclose voter registration applications and one count of obstruction of justice," according to a report late Thursday afternoon from TPM's Ryan ... more »

Lincoln Alexander dies

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Sad news indeed. I remember him running for Parliament in 1968 and winning my then Riding. A real giant of a man both in spirit and physically. I last saw him perhaps a year ago and he was still a vigorous and powerful man. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲ-דֹנָי אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם דַּיָּן הָאֱמֶת Story here Lincoln Alexander, Canada's first black MP and former Ontariolieutenant governor, has died at the age of 90. Ontario Lieutenant-Governor David Onley tweeted the news Friday morning, offering his condolences to Alexander's wife Marni and his family. The man known to all as “Linc... more »

What if that divide between the rich and the poor could be delineated by who had the ability to turn on light at the flick of a switch and who did not?

Barbara Diamond at American Scofflaw - 12 hours ago

Guest Post: A Rejoinder to Megan MacKenzie

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
Guest Post by Andrew Mack, Human Security Report Project. We obviously agree with Megan Mackenzie’s affirmation that the mainstream narrative on wartime sexual violence ignores sexual violence against males and domestic sexual violence––even though the latter is far more prevalent than rape by combatants. With respect to other claims in her review of our just-released [more…]

Responsible Advocacy by Scientists

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 12 hours ago
The InterAcademy Council, a multi-national association of national science academies incorporated in the Netherlands, released a report this week titled "Responsible Conduct in the Research Enterprise." The report seeks to set forth areas of international consensus on what constitutes responsible research, amid changes to the global research enterprise such as scale, collaborations, an apparent increasing incidence of "irresponsible" research and demands for relevance from the public and politicians. The report explains of its focus: This report uses the words science and researc... more »

What a Racket

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
(Saul Loeb, Agence France Presse) That the political system is corrupt is no longer even up for debate. That the two mainstream presidential candidates are beholden to the plutocracy is a foregone conclusion. That the United States will eventually collapse from its own imperialistic weight is a matter not of if, but of when. The torrents of daily outrage are cascading so furiously that we can barely even keep track of them. Party tribalism is so rampant that if you're a Romney fan, you psychotically believe his opponent is a socialist. If you're an Obama supporter, there seems to be ... more »

Who the Joe Hill is Becky Bowers!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012* *Why does the liberal world take this:* Who the hell is Becky Bowers? And why does the liberal world take this? In 1998, Bowers was writing for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, presumably as an undergraduate. This is her staff bio at the Tampa Bay Times: TAMPA BAY TIMES: Becky Bowers is a staff writer for PolitiFact.com. She has worked since 2002 for the Times as a copy editor, copy chief, business graphics reporter, online business editor, deputy business editor and most recently as the deputy government & politics editor. *After nine years in the Tampa Bay ar... more »

San Diego Panda Exam #9 - Crawling!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago

Becky Bowers is completely unskilled!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012* *Politifact takes a dive on Benghazi:* Politifact is a fact-checking site run by the Tampa Bay Times. In 2009, it won the Pulitzer Prize. In the opinion of the guild, Politifact does high-level work. This week, Politifact decided to fact-check the Obama-Romney town hall debate. In one example, Becky Bowers tried to fact-check Romney’s bungled set of statements about Obama and Benghazi. If this was a good-faith attempt by Bowers, she simply doesn’t have the skill to be a working journalist. What happens when modern American journalists try to fact-check ... more »

Beirut Car Bomb: 'Eight Killed' In Explosion

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
At least eight people have reportedly been killed and 80 wounded by a car bomb in Lebanese capital Beirut. http://news.sky.com/story/999939/beirut-car-bomb-eight-killed-in-explosion

Work computer may be "private" for purposes of search and seizure

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
*R. v. Cole,* 2012 SCC 53 was released this morning. In summary, a person may well have a reasonable expectation of privacy protected by the Charter on a work computer. It all depends on the circumstances. Computers that are reasonably used for personal purposes - whether found in the workplace or the home - contain information that is meaningful, intimate, and touching on the user's biographical core. Canadians may therefore reasonably expect privacy in the information contained on these computers, at least where personal use is permitted or reasonably expected. The accused's pers... more »

Weird Election Results and the Fiscal Cliff

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 12 hours ago
Kevin Collins tweets: Assignment Desk: We need some speculation about the legislative bargaining implications of three not-totally-implausible election outcomes: His three are an electoral college tie; an EC/national vote split with Barack Obama winning the electoral college; and a recount/lawsuit mess. The first two, I think, are essentially identical to simple wins by Mitt Romney (who would presumably win a tie) and Obama. In the case of a tie, I assume that virtually every single Republican Member of the House would immediately announce support for Romney, which would assure Romn... more »

HSBC Hit By 'Large Scale' Cyber Attack

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 12 hours ago
The banking giant says it was subjected to a "denial of service" attack but tries to reassure customers over their data. HSBC said its servers came under a "large scale denial of service attack" that affected a number of sites around the world, although it did not give further details as to the nature or whereabouts of the problem. http://news.sky.com/story/999914/hsbc-suffers-large-scale-cyber-attack

Syria under seige, Turkey strikes, AVAAZ is back and UK terror

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
Lots of news to look at today. As always! Going a bit long...... *UPDATE ADDED * *First: Sunnis besiege 2 villages* The title of the “news” article sets the tone for spin. So, I am using just one part of that title “Sunnis besiege 2 Shiite villages” Beseige: *1. To surround with hostile forces.* We are aware that fundamentalist Sunni’s make up the vast majority of mercs. Hailing from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar *Britain*, *(getting to that later*) France etc. Keep those facts in mind as your read excerpts from the Montreal Gazette.* * *Anyone who tries to slip out of the Shiite... more »

Attorney Mario Joseph in Haiti....from Roger Annis

John Carroll at Dying in Haiti - 13 hours ago
*Public support grows for threatened human rights attorney Mario Joseph in Haiti* Published on CEPR's Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch blog, Wed. October 17, 2012 http://www.cepr.net/index.php/blogs/relief-and-reconstruction-watch/public-support-grows-for-threatened-human-rights-attorney-mario-joseph *[Please refer to the original article for complete links to sources and related documents.]* Haiti’s leading human rights attorney Mario Joseph has been the subject of death threats and police surveillance and harassment in the past several months, along with other lawyers. As the... more »

8 Uses For Epsom Salts

Epsom salts. Generations of Europeans use this inexpensive product for health and beauty. Photo courtesy: Flickr/theilr/CC BY 2.0 Yes, an Epsom salt soak may bring images of the old great-aunt soaking her bunion-bound feet, but it’s a remedy whose efficacy shouldn’t be discounted. Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate, which have a surprising array of health and beauty benefits. The salt soak is a lost art whose time for revival has come. But beyond the classic Epsom salt bath, the inexpensive ingredient can be put to splendid use in a number of other ways as well. For sta... more »

Friday Nerd Blogging

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
My 10-year-old nugget, who by the way is now also a political commentator you can follow on Twitter, was asking about the official trailer for the new Ender’s Game movie – partly because he’s inspired by the idea of kids using online media to effect political discourse. Unfortunately there is no trailer since the release [more…]

Canada Wins 2012 Dodo Award

It might not be as prestigious as Stephen Harper's 'World Statesmen of the Year' award, but it is a recognition, of sorts. Canada, along with the U.K., is being awarded the annual Dodo award at a UN conference on biodiversity — currently taking place in India — by the Convention on Biological Diversity Alliance, an international network of environmental activists and civil society organizations. Hindu Business Line explains why Canada received the award: "The 'Dodo Awards', are conferred on those governments, who have failed to evolve, and whose actions at the Convention on Biolo... more »

Sick of Romney & Obama? Breakout from Two-Party Captivity

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*October 19, 2012* - The United Front Against Austerity is meeting in NYC on October 27, 2012, seeking third-party solutions and alternatives. The UFAA seeks a variety of solutions from political to pragmatic. If you are in the New York City area around October 27, 2012, feel free to RSVP here. Below, is a flyer for the event. Visit AgainstAusterity.org for more details. Ufaa Conference Flyer .... *For more solutions, visit the Land Destroyer solution archives. *

The Final Puff

Wit's End - 13 hours ago
"And still another inquiry remains...whether leviathan can long endure so wide a chase, and so remorseless a havoc; or whether he must not at last be exterminated from the waters, and the last whale, like the last man, smoke his last pipe, and then himself evaporate in the final puff." ~ Herman Melville It would appear my expectation that ultimately, we will burn every last tree - as relentlessly as we continue to murder every last whale - is coming true sooner than I thought. A story describes how Britain has "turned back the clock" and plans to convert coal burning facilities to ... more »

Take That, Henry!

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 14 hours ago
Who didn't see this coming? Two convicted serial clinic harassers 'pro-life heroines' -- one actually in jail at the moment -- receive Queen's Jubilee Medals. After all, REAL women was one of the non-governmental 'partner' groups advising on the award of 60,000 of the honours. REAL Women is outspoken on several issues: They are strictly anti-abortion, believe in the traditional definition of marriage, oppose Canada’s “promoting [of]easy divorce legislation” and say the Supreme Court has too much power. They say Winnipeg’s Human Rights Museum project was spearheaded by “left-wing e... more »

5 Biggest Misconceptions About Unschooling

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Bohemian Mom Since we decided to homeschool and eventually unschool our boys, I get asked *a lot *of questions. It's understandable, as the lifestyle we have chosen definitely goes against the grain of societal norms. Even I had a lot of trepidation at first, and found myself asking some of the very same questions. It took me over five years to fully reconcile the ideas and, truth be told, I still question myself at least once a year. Over the eight years plus since we started to homeschool, my perspective through research and experience has grown considerably. This perspe... more »

Image of the Day: Aerial View of Growing Rift in Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, September 2012

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Aerial view of a crack in Pine Island Glacier, 31 October 2011. The massive rift runs about 29 kilometers (18 miles) across a part of the glacier’s floating tongue. The rift is 80 meters (260 feet) wide on average, and 50 to 60 meters (170 to 200 feet) deep. NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon with data from the German Aerospace Center] *Rift in Pine Island Glacier, 31 October 2011* [image: Aerial view of a crack in Pine Island Glacier, 14 September 2012. When the crack reaches the other side of the ice shelf, it will send a huge new iceberg drifting into Pine... more »

A Symptom of Cowardice

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
Some commentators such as Jeffrey Simpson have praised Dalton McGuinty for leaving politics at a time of his choosing, on terms of his choosing. But there are others -- even Liberals -- who aren't happy about those terms. Former McGuinty cabinet member and federal leadership candidate Gerard Kennedy is one of them. "I think people should be certainly questioning why this is in place and I still don’t have any understanding as to why this is necessary," Kennedy told the *Globe and Mail*. And there is certainly unhappiness among Ontario voters. Lori Turnbull also writes in the *Glo... more »

Unplug Yourself: How Advertising and Entertainment Shapes Your Subconscious

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Andre Evans They say the subconscious mind is more powerful than the conscious. Usually, people are more influenced by their innate subconscious desires or intent than a rational and planned decision. This aspect of human nature is heavily influenced by your daily activity. *How Corporations Influence Your Subconscious* In Western society, the subconscious mind of the individual is often subject to a number of heavy influences, through entertainment media especially. Television, movies, and music create a profound subconscious effect on the human mind that influences and dicta... more »

Pedalling Death: Uranium Exports

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
India, Australia to begin talks on uranium exports NHK http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121018_03.html [Excerpted] The Prime Ministers of Australia and India have agreed to start negotiations to allow export of Australian uranium to India. Prime Minister Julia Gillard met with her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New Deli on Wednesday. They agreed to start negotiations on a bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation arrangement. Australia reversed its ban on uranium exports to India last year on condition it be used only for peaceful purposes. Majia here: the article sta... more »

10 Signs You Might Be a Slave

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 14 hours ago
Chain Gang - Wiki image *Activist Post* The definition of slavery is not nearly as clear as it used to be when we could see the physical chains and whips that shackled human laborers. Therefore, it's more vital than ever to identify the abstract ways in which humanity is confined. Here are ten signs you might be a modern-day slave: You might be a slave if... 1. *You hate when your alarm clock buzzes:* If you don't wake up everyday with fantastic anticipation to be alive, you might be living under someone else's command. In fact, if you have to wake up at the same time every day... more »

If extreme weather becomes the norm, starvation awaits

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Drought-withered corn stalks in Indiana, August 2012. Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images] By George Monbiot, The Guardian 15 October 2012 I believe we might have made a mistake: a mistake whose consequences, if I am right, would be hard to overstate. I think the forecasts for world food production could be entirely wrong. Food prices are rising again, partly because of the damage done to crops in the northern hemisphere by ferocious weather. In the US, Russia and Ukraine, grain crops were clobbered by remarkable droughts. In parts of northern Europe, such as the UK, they were... more »

31 Days of Photo Props: Baskets

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
*Have you entered the Owl Necklace Giveaway yet?* I love baskets. I own more than is probably sane for anyone person. They are simply the best prop for newborns. They are basic and simple and yet they add so much to a photograph. In order to photograph a baby in a basket, you need to prop up the baby. I usually use towels. I fold them nicely and then lay the baby on top. If you photographing the baby without clothes, you need to lay them on their stomach, other than that, I usually lay them on their side. You can use another towel behind their back if they roll from their side. ... more »

Japan and the Nuclear Umbrella

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Fukushima Diary has the story concerning Japan's unwillingness to sign a nuclear weapons ban http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/japan-rejected-signing-to-ban-nuclear-weapon-in-un/ Source: http://www.47news.jp/CN/201210/CN2012101801001519.html I used google translate: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.47news.jp%2FCN%2F201210%2FCN2012101801001519.html&act=url Draft statement 16 countries of the United Nations Commission rejects Japan, the signature outlawed nuclear 10/18/2012 47NEWS > Kyodo News Articles M... more »

WHO LOST AMERICA: “Challenge to democracy!”

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012* *Epilogue—A challenge seemingly lost:* “But here is the challenge to our democracy,” President Roosevelt said. He said it in his second inaugural address, in January 1937. The challenge he saw was quite large: ROOSEVELT (1/20/37): *But here is the challenge to our democracy.* In this nation, I see tens of millions of its citizens—a substantial part of its whole population—who at this very moment are denied the greater part of what the very lowest standards of today call the necessities of life. I see millions of families trying to live on incomes so meage... more »

Will Rural Chickens Come Home To Roost For The GOP Nov. 6?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Bye-bye Iowa? As you know, the DCCC gave Boehner a free pass to reelection-- they made sure he would have no opponent this year-- and he's spending campaign season getting drunk with lobbyists raising money for vulnerable Republicans and campaigning in their districts (since he has no need to be back in his own). This week he was in Iowa begging voters to return one of his closest cronies, 8 term conservative shithead Tom Latham, who's in a tight incumbent vs incumbent match-up with Blue Dog Leonard Boswell (also a shithead). Latham is a straight down the line Establishment Republica... more »

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Al Gallagher, 67. Dirty Al Gallagher; or, as I always think of him, Alan Mitchell Edward George Patrick Henry Gallagher. Hmmm...first of all, I haven't looked him up for a while, and I'm sort of shocked that he three years with the Giants (plus one with the Angels). One of the illusions of youth; he lasted forever, to me. Probably because baseball began in 1969-1970 for me (1970 was his rookie year) as something I really followed, so at that point who knows which guys had been around for a while and which were brand new. Well, I mean, you learn soon enough about Wi... more »

Obamneycare Converts Health Care Into Profits

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 15 hours ago
Paul Craig Roberts In the guest section there is a new contribution by Dr. Robert S. Dotson. He points out that Obamneycare is two versions of the same thing. A person has to be gullible and uninformed to believe the claims of Obama and Romney that their replacements for Medicare will save money and improve care. What the schemes do is convert public monies into private profits. The exploding costs described by Dr. Dotson and the rising profits for private corporations are paid for by reducing health care. For example, Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York, wri... more »

Friday Morning Linkage

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
My interview with Madeline Ashby about her debut novel, Vn, is now up at New Books in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, Rwanda, and South Korea elected to UN security council. At Democracy Arsenal Bill French has a two-part (1,2) series on US maritime strategy in the Pacific. Juan Cole on recent developments in the [more…]

49 die as Syrian jets blast rebel-held town

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 15 hours ago
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