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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.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2 October - Blogs I'm Following II

Federal Reserve - Board and Open Market Committee
Federal Reserve - Board and Open Market Committee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Frederick II, King of Sicily, swears ...
English: Frederick II, King of Sicily, swears an oath to Pope Honorius III, in which he undertakes to protect and preserve the possessions of the Roman Catholic Church, to defend the Reign of Sicily, and to confirm such engagements in the future, when crowned Holy Roman Emperor. Given in Haguenau, September 1219. Recto of a parchment with the gold seal of the Frederick II. The document is currently stored in the Vatican Secret Archives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Coat of the Vatican Secret Archives
Coat of the Vatican Secret Archives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Vatican City / Radio Vatican
Vatican City / Radio Vatican (Photo credit: trp0)
Curtis Tisberger
21 minutes ago ·
The United States of America Corporation, a subsidiary of the bloodline family owned Federal Reserve Board, has resorted to stealing private funds, and blaming it on “Iranian cyber-attacks,” in order to stave off bankruptcy, according to CIA and other sources. This desperate stalling maneuver comes as the members of the old pentagram of power, David Rockefeller, George Bush Senior, Queen Elizabeth, Evelyn de Rothschild and the Pope all argue amongst each other over what to do next.

The overall picture is that the Queen and the Pope are funneling money to Obama and pushing for his re-election, while the Rockefellers and Bushes are looking towards Asia, according to both CIA and Vatican sources. This leaves the Rothschild’s out on a limb and isolated. Their plan to start war and mayhem in the Middle-East, prior to doubling oil prices, is now starting to look like a really bad, if not fatal, chess move.

Word has also now come back from the Vatican archives about the fate of the Menorahs taken from the Temple of Solomon by troops of the Roman Emperor Titus. According to a senior Vatican archivist,

the original Menorahs from the temple were melted down and turned into small statues that were distributed amongst various Romans and thus cannot be returned to the temple. However, the Vatican also has several solid gold Menorah’s dating back to the time of Jesus that they say they would be willing to hand over to an honorable group of Torah Jews. The Talmudic Jews, whose belief system is Babylonian and Sumerian but not Jewish, would not be considered qualified to receive the Menorahs, the Vatican sources say. Nonetheless, the willingness of the Vatican to make such a gesture would be very helpful to help start a not-so secret operation, code named OSC, that is being proposed by the White Dragon Society. We will talk more about this at the end of the news-letter but for now let us return to the geopolitical situation.

The now collapsing Rothschild game plan for the Middle-East is aiming to cause regime change in Syria, followed by Jordan and then Saudi Arabia as a precursor to doubling oil prices and replenishing Rothschild coffers.

The fact that Israel has been saying since 1992 that Iran “is within a few months” of getting a nuclear weapon and needs to be attacked, is a clear sign the Rothschild game plan has been churning its wheels in the mud for a long time.
Warren Buffett, who has been the current administrations top ally when it comes to propping up the markets, might not be as optimistic as he pretends to be in public. reduce his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing. He has reduced his stock exposure in these companies by over 21% and has even sold of his entire stake in the computer parts company Intel (7,745,000 shares).

The controversial billionaire George Soros, has also been moving at a frenzied pace to sell off his stocks in all financial companies. According to his SEC filings, Soros dumped his entire stake in all major financial stocks. He completely dumped Citigroup (420,000 shares), JP Morgan (701,400 shares) and Goldman Sachs (120,000 shares), leaving himself with no exposure to the American financial markets.

Interestingly, at the same time Soros started dumping these financial stocks, he started pumping major money into the Gold markets. During that same period, Soros more than doubled his investment in the SPDR gold trust ETF.

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OTTAWA Judge throws out case against tar sands protesters

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 minutes ago
Judge throws out case against tar sands protesters * Media Releases | | October 02, 2012* (Ottawa) – A judge today dismissed all charges against thirteen Canadians on trial for protesting the reckless climate change and energy policies of the Harper Government. The judge threw out the case after the Crown presented insufficient evidence that the peaceful demonstration constituted a crime. The 13 defendants were arrested on 26 September, 2011, during a demonstration on Parliament Hill in which roughly 200 people risked arrest to protest the climate change and energy policies of the Ha... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 minutes ago
“Have you ever seen the Milky Way's glow create shadows? To do so, conditions need to be just right. First and foremost, the sky must be relatively clear of clouds so that the long band of the Milky Way's central disk can be seen. The surroundings must be very near to completely dark, with no bright artificial lights visible anywhere. Next, the Moon cannot be anywhere above the horizon, or its glow will dominate the landscape. Last, the shadows can best be caught on long camera exposures. In the above image taken in Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia, seven 15-second ... more »

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)

Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints - 22 minutes ago
Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a complete list of all the challenges we've taken on so far. There's a lot of great information in this post and I encourage you to read through it ... however, if you don't have the time right now, you might find the following quick links helpful: - The #CTWW Gang - The Honor Society - My Final Thoughts on Our Last Challenge - This Week's Challenge Last week was reader's choice ... everyone was encouraged to pick their own challenge based on the season whi... more »

Useful Tool-- A Middle Class Voter Guide... And One For People Who Love Fido

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 22 minutes ago
Although Campaign for America’s Future and Van Jones' Rebuild the Dream won't be officially launching the 2012 congressional voter guide until Friday, the site, The Middle Class Voter Guide is live now and easy to use. The best way to use it is to check out your own state and find your own congressmember and senators and see how they've been voting in terms of support for the middle class. Believe it or not, close to 200 Republicans scored a zero, "worst of the worst!" And that shameful list includes almost all the Republicans Blue America is targeting this cycle. One or two escap... more »

Elsewhere: Polling, War with Iran?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 27 minutes ago
I keep forgetting to wish everyone, or at least everyone celebrating, a Chag Sameach. I love Sukkot! Nothing like a holiday where we're supposed to spend a week rejoicing. Much better holiday than that one last week. I was on the Brian Lehrer on WNYC radio this morning talking "skewed" polls. Listen to me duck a question about the PA voting decision because I didn't want to say anything without knowing something about it first! Meanwhile, at PP I talked about how to answer the question of whether war is more likely with Barack Obama in the White House or with Mitt Romney. I mostly w... more »

Chris Hedges on The Real News - US Elections: Pick Your Poison

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 31 minutes ago
"All of our hope now has to be invested in acts of civil disobedience. I intend to vote but I will not vote for Barack Obama. I'll vote for a third party candidate." - Chris Hedges.

Border Patrol Agent Shot Dead In 'Drug Corridor'

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 34 minutes ago
*A US Border Patrol agent has been shot dead and another wounded after coming under fire in an area of Arizona used by drug smugglers and human traffickers. * Three agents were responding to a ground sensor that had been tripped about five miles from the Mexican border, near the city of Bisbee, when the shooting began, authorities said. The wounded agent's injuries not believed to be life-threatening while the third agent was unharmed. The agent who was killed was named as Nicholas Ivie, originally from Utah. He is the fourth border official to die in Arizona in the last two years.... more »

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF OREGON - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 34 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF OREGON at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 02:13:13 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 377 km (234 miles) West of Waldport, Oregon No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 3rd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 34 minutes ago
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA at a depth of 39.8 km (24.7 miles), the quake hit at 00:50:29 UTC Wednesday 3rd October 2012 The epicenter was 73 km (45 miles) South of Unalaska, Alaska No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake GULF OF CALIFORNIA - 2nd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 44 minutes ago
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the GULF OF CALIFORNIA at a depth of 15.4 km (9.6 miles), the quake hit at 19:43:08 UTC Tuesday 2nd October 2012 The epicenter was 58 km (36 miles) NNE of La Paz, Mexico No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Sheldan Nidle - October 2, 2012

        AMERICAN KABUKI at American Kabuki - 1 hour ago
Sheldan Nidle - October 2, 2012 October 2, 2012 12 Ahau, 8 Tzotz, 9 Eb Dratzo! We come today, knowing that a great many things are approaching the point where they can begin to take shape before your eyes. Our Secret Sacred Societies aided by our Earth allies are working hard to complete a broad spectrum of activities which will create an astonishing new reality for you. We watch with much merriment as these many projects come to fruition, knowing that they are the start of what is to make disclosure possible! We intend to take this opportunity to make a series of announcement... more »

Chet Raymo, “Going Flat”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Going Flat” * by Chet Raymo "My wife tells me we have enough credit points on our credit card to get a free TV. "Why do we need a new TV?" I ask. "Because we can, I suppose." And there it sits, sulking like an ignored child. Fifteen years old. Nineteen-inch screen. Cathode-ray tube. Do they even make cathode-ray tube televisions any more? Do we have the last operating CRT in existence? Gee, it works swell. Not exactly high-definition, but then our eyes aren't exactly hi-def either. I'd hate to replace our CRT with a flat screen. I know how the CRT works. I can imagine in my m... more »

Only in China

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
[image: image]*Guest post by our roving China correspondent Suzuki Samurai* [image: DSCN0186] China announced last month it had commissioned a new aircraft carrier. This is not that aircraft carrier. These are photos of a concrete aircraft carrier in a man-made lake in a city called Binzhou. True story. [image: DSCN0187] [image: DSCN0190] [image: DSCN0193] [image: DSCN0204] Legend has it the thing was built as a casino, but the hapless mug who did so forgot that there are no 'official' legal gambling establishments allowed in mainland China. So what is there is instead is a... more »


If Netanyahu calls for an early election in Israel, as seems very likely, it would probably take place in February or March of next year – just weeks after the inauguration of the next President of the US. Given that Netanyahu would be taking a punt about being able to win the next Israeli election, one can assume that he would at least like to achieve his goal of creating a Greater Israel by destroying Hezbollah and Hamas and Israel’s arch nemesis, Iran, before leaving office. This would mean pushing for support for an attack against Iran from the US just as soon as the US electio... more »

Romney serves up more word salad

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 1 hour ago
Can't decide whether this is more sad or funny. Definitely qualifies for Romney's quote of the day: Romney finished his interview with this insightful tidbit about his contempt for the 47%, “I don’t think it’s ever productive for someone like me to get into the details of how the campaign is going to cobble together the details of how someone like me is going to win an election. So when I’m talking politics and the dynamics of bringing in the number of votes I’m going to need, why, I’m talking about something that isn’t of interest to most folks.” Let's not forget he's been practi... more »

BBC Documentary Professor Yarshater with English Subtitles

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
Wikipedia for Ehsan Yarshater: *Ehsan Yarshater* (born April 3, 1920) is the founder and director of The Center for Iranian Studies, and Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Columbia University. He was the first full-time professor of Persian at a U.S. university since World War II. He is one of the 40 editors of the *Encyclopædia Iranica*, with articles by 300 authors from various academic institutions. He also edited the third volume of the Cambridge History of Iran, comprising the history of the Seleucid, the Parthians, and the Sassanians, and a volume enti... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
South Lake Tahoe, California. Thanks for stopping by.

"I Wish You Enough"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"I Wish You Enough" by Bob Perks "I never really thought that I'd spend as much time in airports as I do. I don't know why. I always wanted to be famous and that would mean lots of travel. But I'm not famous, yet I do see more than my share of airports. I love them and I hate them. I love them because of the people I get to watch. But they are also the same reason why I hate airports. It all comes down to "hello" and "goodbye." I must have mentioned this a few times while writing my stories for you. I have great difficulties with saying goodbye. Even as I write this I am exp... more »

David Foster Wallace, "Kenyon Commencement Speech, 2005"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"Kenyon Commencement Speech, 2005"* by David Foster Wallace "This speech was originally transcribed and posted at Marganlia.org until recently. Here is the originally transcribed version." "If anybody feels like perspiring [cough], I'd advise you to go ahead, because I'm sure going to. In fact I'm gonna [mumbles while pulling up his gown and taking out a handkerchief from his pocket].) Greetings ["parents"?] and congratulations to Kenyon's graduating class of 2005. There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who ... more »

Harry Targ : From the Bay of Pigs to the Missile Crisis / 1

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
Fidel Castro during Bay of Pigs invasion, 1961. Photo by Raul Corrales / AP. The Cuba story, Part 1: The Bay of Pigs to the missile crisis As U.S.-Cuban economic and diplomatic tensions were escalating, President Eisenhower made a decision that in the future would lead the world to the brink of nuclear war. By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / October 2, 2012 [Part one of three.] The 50-year

"A Roller Coaster..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Life for a punctual person is like a roller coaster. All kinds of things are going to happen to you! Sure, I can see the whole roller coaster you're on. And sure- I could give you a piece of paper that would tell you about every dip and turn, warn you about every bogeyman that was going to pop out at you in the tunnels. But that wouldn't help you any. Because you'd still have to take the roller-coaster ride, I didn't design the roller coaster, I don't own it, and I don't say who rides and who doesn't. I just know what it's shaped like." - Kurt Vonnegut

Taipei Sticker Madness

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
According to a knowledgeable analyst here, this sticker is being promulgated by the Taipei City gov't and is going up in government offices of Taipei City. The blue section says "The Diaoyutai are the ROC's." Great idea. I really love it. It signals that the city's KMT administration lives in an ROC ideological bubble. It does not contain a single Taiwanese/Taipei face, landmark, or artifact -- it is basically an announcement that the ROC doesn't have any link to the island and people of Taiwan, and doesn't care about them. Great work, KMT. I'm sure the DPP will have lots of fun d... more »

This Is Absolutely Sickening: Demented US Secretary Of State Laughs About Possible War Against Iran, Suggests "Provoking" War!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 2 hours ago
The US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is certifiably INSANE.... There, I have said it, and I could easily back that fact up with so many insane things that she has done and said over the last year. The most telling statement was when after the US murdered Muhammar Gadaffi, she used the sick statement: "We Came, We Saw, He died", and then laughed like some cackling lunatic. It is so hard to believe that many Americans actually considered this lunatic for the office of President of the United States! I came across a most interesting video that I want to share here with ... more »

"Learn Everything You Need to Know About the Economy from a 'South Park' Episode"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
* "Learn Everything You Need to Know About the* * Economy from a 'South Park' Episode"* By Anat Shenker-Osorio “Many of us are daily left wondering how to make sense of the contradictions we personally experience and hear about the economy. The news tells us the recession ended in 2009, but unemployment has proven stubbornly stable. Pundits contend we’ve seen the end of the housing bubble, but home prices in most places won’t budge and foreclosures continue. Our growth rate has registered positive since the summer of 2009, but poverty levels are also on the rise. What’s going on... more »

PA judge has second, er, "thoughts" about voter disenfranchisement. Meanwhile, Google slaps the e-cuffs on Think Progress

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
[*Click on either map to enlarge.*] *"Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said elections officials could still ask voters for a photo ID, but could not turn away otherwise qualified voters who had not been able to obtain one."* *-- from Robert Barnes's Think Progress report today,* "Pennsylvania voter ID law enforcement halted by judge" *by Ken* As you've probably heard, the Pennsylvania trial judge, Robert Simpson, who had previously decided that the photo-ID voting requirement enacted by the Republicans in the state legislature is constitutionally hunky-dory but was then enco... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

"Lakota Sioux Nation Leaves America"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Lakota Sioux Nation Leaves America"* Lokota people struggling for their rights. by Stephen Lendman "America betrayed them and all Native Peoples. Throughout US history and earlier, genocide was policy. Historian Ward Churchill explained four centuries of systematic slaughter. It went on from 1492 - 1892. It continues today against Native culture. Churchill estimated around 100 million Native People throughout the Americas "hacked apart with axes and swords, burned alive and trampled under horses, hunted as game and fed to dogs, shot, beaten, stabbed, scalped for bounty, han... more »

Nullius in Verba Works for Economics Too

noreply@blogger.com (Roger Pielke, Jr.) at Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog - 4 hours ago
Writing in the Financial Times, Martin Wolf, one of my favorite economists, is the latest to uncritically accept Northwestern economist Robert Gordon's claims that there was no per capita economic growth before 1750 and that US GDP growth rates plummeted from 1950 to 2006. As we've seen, both claims are incorrect. Wolf writes: For most of history, next to no measurable growth in output per person occurred. What growth did occur came from rising population. This is not the case. Per capita economic growth was significant and economically transformative prior to 1750, according to ... more »

Preparing For the First Presidential Debate

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 4 hours ago
"The Obama team appeared Thursday to go out of its way to lower expectations for the trio of one-on-one debates between the president and Romney next month." * **Related*: First debate called critical for Mitt Romney In ’02, Mitt Romney capitalized on debates "Attacks from Romney’s home state highlight one of the the challenges he faces as a candidate from a place dominated by the opposite party. There is no shortage of Massachusetts politicians willing to blast him." * **So much for **minimizing expectations**.*

Debating a Warren-Brown Post

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 4 hours ago
*Because I haven't watched them:* "Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren face unique challenges in first debate" by Frank Phillips | Globe Staff, September 20, 2012 In their first face-to-face meeting, US Senator Scott Brown and his Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, face delicate challenges: She must engage him on issues without seeming aggressive; he must fend off her charges without hurting his likable image. Brown and Warren are set to take the stage in a Boston television station Thursday evening, stripped of their political handlers and media specialists. The debate, which will gi... more »

"Iran’s opposition to nuclear weapons is now effectively an ideological one"

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
An insightful comment made by "Mohammad" at the website 'The Race for Iran' in the comment section of the article, *"Ahmadinejad and Netanyahu on the Iranian Nuclear Issue at the UN General Assembly"*: "The issue is not only a fatwa, it’s reputation. If Iran ever produces nukes, that would equal to Khamenei telling Iranians and others “I lied. I am a liar.” If you live in Iran, you’d know that Khamenei’s reputation is carefully managed, because it is tied to the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic. If Iran wanted to keep the option of developing nuclear weapons open, it could sim... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Warren Winning Poll War

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 4 hours ago
*She's already got my vote.* "Poll shows Elizabeth Warren taking slim lead; But18% of voters said they’re still undecided" by Noah Bierman and Frank Phillips | Globe Staff, September 30, 2012 With Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott Brown preparing for their second debate Monday night, *Warren appears to be inching ahead* in the highly competitive race for Senate, as Massachusetts Democrats energized by the presidential race begin to fall in line behind her, according to a new Globe poll. Warren, a Democrat, leads Brown, a Republican, 43 percent to 38 percent, a shift from the Gl... more »

Labour loser wants printing presses to run faster to “help” exporters

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Labour Finance Spokesman David Parker still talks about giving the Reserve Bank “other targets” than just leaning against inflation. He’d like them to also meddle with our money to lean against (in no particular order) our high exchange rate, rising unemployment, slowing GDP growth, falling savings rates and the quality of chardonnay in Grey Lynn. How? Somehow. Why worry about him and his ramblings? Because this ardent inflationist is very likely to be the next Finance Minister. TI have my own problems with the phony price stability pursued by the Reserve Bank. There’s clear evid... more »

Enbridge Hearings to the NEB Panel Must Be Canceled

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 5 hours ago
The question is relevant, for if you, I or any entity was say, applying to be a ferry operator, if all our vessels we operated in the past were lying on the bottom of the ocean, burnt to a crisp and or taking on water would we not be laughed out of the bidding process? According to Wikipedia, and not denied by Enbridge, in the last 10 years Enbridge has had nearly 1000 major oil spills... *Using data from Enbridge's own reports, the Polaris Institute calculated that 804 spills occurred on Enbridge pipelines between 1999 and 2010. These spills released approximately 168,645 barrels ... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Warren Winning Poll War

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 5 hours ago
*She's already got my vote.* "Poll shows Elizabeth Warren taking slim lead; But18% of voters said they’re still undecided" by Noah Bierman and Frank Phillips | Globe Staff, September 30, 2012 With Elizabeth Warren and Senator Scott Brown preparing for their second debate Monday night, *Warren appears to be inching ahead* in the highly competitive race for Senate, as Massachusetts Democrats energized by the presidential race begin to fall in line behind her, according to a new Globe poll. Warren, a Democrat, leads Brown, a Republican, 43 percent to 38 percent, a shift from the Gl... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 6 hours ago
*Payton says Saints can 'turn things around'*

Mitt Romney: New champion of middle class Americans

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 6 hours ago
I guess this is the latest reboot of the Rmoney campaign. Romney's new ad claims he will protect the poor and Obama is the evil taxer of the middle class. However, there's a small glitch in this strategy: Mitt Romney’s problem is not simply that the Obama campaign has succeeded in persuading voters that his policies would benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class. It’s that his policies really would benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class, and he doesn’t have any reality-based way of persuading voters otherwise. You can watch Romney's ad at the link. It's kind... more »

Sunday Globe Special: Romney's Recalibration

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 6 hours ago
*And the math still doesn't add up.* "Romney must change dynamics of race drastically to win" by Matt Viser | Globe Staff, September 30, 2012 WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney enters the final 37 days of the presidential campaign in *desperate need of a change* — and *fast* — as he attempts to peel off support from President Obama, whose standing has been growing among swing state voters but remains tenuous. Heading into perhaps the most crucial week of the general election — one that could *solidify Obama’s standing as the front-runner* or *reshape the race* — Romney is looking to the fi... more »

46 Pilot Whales Stranded in Indonesia, 3 Alive

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 6 hours ago
*Indonesian officials say 46 pilot whales have beached themselves on a southern island. All but three have died.* Pramudya Harzani from the nonprofit Jakarta Animal Aid Network activists and local authorities were still trying to rescue the three surviving whales on Tuesday but they kept swimming back to shore. He says he whales washed ashore late Monday in Raijua beach on Sabu, a small islet between Timor and Sumba islands in southern Indonesia. District chief Gidon Bilibora says meat from the dead whales has been taken by locals for food, a common practice in the area. Scientist... more »

China Just Killed All "China Bails Out Europe" Rumors For Good

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 6 hours ago
[image: Tyler Durden's picture]China Just Killed All "China Bails Out Europe" Rumors For Good http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-10-02/china-just-killed-all-china-bails-out-europe-rumors-good Just in case there are still any hopes that the FT, or any other credible media outlet, may come up with a story, like it used to do almost daily back in 2011 and early 2012, that China, whose stock market continues to plumb 3 year lows, has some capacity to inject cash (that it doesn't have) into a broke continent (which would never repay said cash even if it existed), here comes none other... more » 

Romney's Remarks

Rocker at MSM Monitor - 6 hours ago
*What would else you expect from an elitist suit? * "Romney says dependent 47% back Obama; Dismisses those who won’t take ‘responsibility’" by Matt Viser | Globe Staff, September 18, 2012 WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney, during a private May fund-raiser captured on video, *talked disparagingly* about nearly *half the electorate*, saying they were “dependent on government” and could not be convinced to “take personal responsibility” for their lives. In blunt terms clearly not intended for public consumption, Romney said that 47 percent of the country’s citizens see themselves as “victims’... more »

Capping Deductions Isn't a Cure-All

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 6 hours ago
How do you get tax reform when everyone believes that lower rates and fewer tax expenditures is a good overall policy, but no one is willing to give up their tax breaks? Mitt Romney is floating a plan to just put an overall cap on deductions. Matt Yglesias endorses it as a "clever plan" and says, "The big advantage is that since no particular deduction is eliminated, you don't reap the fury of the impacted interest groups in the same way." Ezra Klein is also positive. And I am too, but note the questions Klein asks: This leaves a lot of unanswered questions. For instance, which deduc... more »

The Dark Side of Breast Cancer (Un)Awareness Month

noreply@blogger.com (Mark Daniels) at Global Political Awakening - 6 hours ago
Image Source: PreppyGirlGreen Sayer Ji, *Contributor* The history of Breast Cancer Awareness Month's surprising origins is a matter of the public record: NBCAM was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries (now part of AstraZeneca, maker of several anti-breast cancer drugs). The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. ~ Wikipedia If you doubt Wikipedia as a reliable source, visit the NBCAM website and ... more »

Phony Malware Alert!

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Sorry for the inconvenience, folks, but several people have contacted me to advise that you may be getting a Malware alert regarding this blog. This has happened several times before, usually immediately following a post criticizing the government, a mere coincidence I'm sure. This is NOT true. There are NO ads, banners, popups or hidden malware of any kind on this blog. You may safely view the content without worrying about anything. The government of course may view this entire blog as malware in light of the criticisms contained here, to which I'd just love to respond with that... more »

Police excited at new search & surveillance powers

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
New law giving extended powers over search and surveillance quietly came into force on 1st October. The law gives the police and dozens of govt agencies the power to stop and search anyone, anytime—simply on suspicion they might do or have done something wrong. And it then gives police and that same long list of govt agencies the powers to search homes and businesses without a warrant—as long as those agencies can articulate a suspicion that, for example, evidence is about to be destroyed. And most govt agents can be fairly articulate when they need to be. Oh, it also lets more g... more »

Would BC Sabotage the Enbridge Pipeline?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 6 hours ago
It's widely accepted that British Columbia lacks the authority to stop the Northern Gateway pipeline. The argument goes that the pipeline proposal would be a matter of federal jurisdiction. Maybe, maybe not. British Columbia's unelected, unelectable and outgoing premier, Christy Clark, says Victoria could kill the pipeline by simply refusing to supply the operation with electricity. *“British Columbia’s power would be required to power up the pipeline, from B.C. Hydro – a Crown corporation,” she said while speaking to students from University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.... more »

Even Forbes Gets It. Why Can't Steve Harper?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 7 hours ago
*Forbes*, yes that *Forbes*, the business magazine understands the damage that income inequality is exacting on America's economy. *New research indicates that growing income inequality isn’t just unpleasant; it is seriously hurting the U.S. economy. And economists are figuring out just how the damage is done, according to a fascinating new article by the journalist Jonathan Rauch in National Journal. This challenges a long-standing consensus that, as Rauch puts it, “inequality is the price America pays for a dynamic, efficient economy. . . . As long as the bottom and the middle ... more »

Malfunction shuts South Korea nuclear reactor

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*SOUTH Korea has shut down one of its nuclear reactors following a malfunction in its control system but there's no risk of a radiation leak, plant operators say. * The 1000-megawatt Shingori 1 reactor near the southern city of Busan was shut down after a warning signal at 8:10am (0910 AEST), the state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) said today. "There was a malfunction in the reactor's control rod, but the reactor is now stable with no danger of a radiation leak," a KHNP spokesman told AFP. It is the first time the reactor has been shut down since it began operations in F... more »

Landslide sweeps vehicles off mountain highway in eastern Nepal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*KATMANDU, Nepal — An official in Nepal says a landslide has swept several vehicles off a mountain highway. Four people are confirmed dead and nine others have been reported missing.* Government administrator Purushottam Ghimire says the landslide Sunday night swept away five vehicles traveling on the Mechi highway near Kilbung village in eastern Nepal. He says eight people have been rescued, four bodies have been pulled out and people remain missing. Details were still sketchy Monday morning but rescue teams have reached the area. Source

Fungus meningitis sickens 12, kills 2 - North Carolina and Tennessee

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*A dozen people have been sickened and two have died after an outbreak of fungal meningitis tied to injections given at outpatient surgical centers in Tennessee and North Carolina, health officials said.* At least 737 people who received lumbar epidural steroid injections between July 30 and Sept. 20 have been notified of the cluster of rare aspergillus meningitis infections, which attack the central nervous system, said Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Aspergillus is a mold present in the environment, and the meningitis is not related t... more »

Low-Level nuclear waste incident in Lincoln, Nebraska

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Nuclear waste travels through Nebraska almost daily. On Saturday, a bit of scare here in Lincoln. Officials say the incident at 56th and Highway 2 could have been worse. The truck was carrying low-level waste, but thankfully it didn't end up causing any harm. Emergency vehicles swarm a flatbed semi Saturday after it stopped too quickly, causing its load to shift, it happened near 56th and Highway 2. That load contained low-level nuclear waste.* "The public should stay away from anything labeled radioactive material," Environmental Health Specialist Ralph Martin said. Ralph Martin... more »

US economic crisis

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago

The CFPB Is Protecting Consumers From Financial Predators-- So The GOP Wants To Kill It

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
The campaign ad above is from Wayne Powell, the intrepid Democrat Steve Israel refuses to allow the DCCC to help take on Eric Cantor. Luckily we have men and women like Powell who are undaunted by corrupt Beltway Insiders-- like Cantor and Israel-- and work to represent the interests of ordinary working families anyway. DCCC or not, Powell is hammering Cantor mercilessly. Cantor and his cronies, especially his cronies on the House Financial Services Committee, opposed the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Board, opposed the appointment of, first Elizabeth Warren and t... more »

Clip of Captured American Raises Doubts

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake BALLENY ISLANDS REGION - 2nd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the BALLENY ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 16.6 km (10.3 miles), the quake hit at 19:41:29 UTC Tuesday 2nd October 2012 The epicenter was 280 km (173 miles) NNW of Scott Island Bank, Antarctica No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 2nd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck TONGA at a depth of 3.1 km (1.9 miles), the quake hit at 18:39:08 UTC Tuesday 2nd October 2012 The epicenter was 90 km (55 miles) South of Pangai, Tonga No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

More Al Qaeda pre-US election attacks forecast: Americans quietly lifted out

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 7 hours ago
*Just five weeks before America’s presidential election, US intelligence reports signs that al Qaeda leader Ayman Zuwahiri is preparing a string of terrorist attacks as the sequel to the murders of US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US officials in Benghazi on Sept. 11, according to evidence collected across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.* His twin goals are to influence the poll’s results and to build up his reputation as a master of spectacular terrorist operations. Eager to impress Al Qaeda’s franchise chiefs, Zuwahiri is reported to be celebrating his “Benghazi feat... more »

Mitt Romney: Living tragedy

Libby Spencer at The Impolitic - 7 hours ago
This is quite possibly the saddest statement ever made about Mitt Romney: In debate prep, Romney has practiced coming across as personable... One month out from election day and they're still trying to make the Rombot seem more human. And how is that supposed to work you ask? During prep sessions in Vermont this past month, Romney has worked tirelessly on the stylistic aspect of his presentation, and Romney’s advisers predict that the former Massachusetts governor will come across as both presidential and empathetic. Rather than fire off brusque retorts, as he often did during pr... more »

Human Rights Activism on the Cutting Edge

Charli Carpenter at The Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
The German Justice Ministry has outlined a new draft lawregulating the circumcision of children in that country, on the heels of a Cologne court’s decision that circumcision of non-consenting minors constituted a human rights violation.The decision, after a four-year-old Muslim boy experienced uncontrollable bleeding following his ritual circumcision, sparked a firestorm, with some child rights activists hailing the decisionand while Muslim and Jewish communities within Germany and abroad argued that the ruling constituted a violation of religious rights. The new law must pass by at... more »

Carl Jung - The Power of The Imagination

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
"When you observe the world you see people, you see houses, you see the sky, you see tangible objects; but when you observe yourself within, you see moving images--a world of images, generally known as fantasies. Yet these fantasies are facts. You see, it is a fact that the man has such and such a fantasy, and it is such a tangible fact, for instance, that when a man has a certain fantasy, another man may lose his life, or a bridge is built--these houses were all fantasies. Everything you do here, all of the houses, everything, was fantasy to begin with, and fantasy has a proper ... more »

David Gregory inquired on the basis of race!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012* *Will Maddow take him on:* Last evening, David Gregory moderated the second debate between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. He devoted the first eighteen minutes to the dispute, or pseudo-dispute, about Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry. Later, on the Maddow show, Barney Frank said this about that: “I was frankly disappointed in David Gregory’s choice of topics. To spend many minutes on this non-issue of Cherokee ancestry and about a minute and a half on Afghanistan is about as bad a set of priorities as I have seen.” Did Gregory make a bad choice of topics? ... more »

Australian Carbon Tax Cartoons

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 8 hours ago

Quote of the Day: On deviation from the norm

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: image] [Hat tip Donny F.] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Tea Time

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago

Elite Buying Underground Shelters in Record Numbers

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
It's hibernation season. Except it's the reverse of the bears. With humans, those who are awake and active are hibernating.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake ASSAM, INDIA - 2nd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck ASSAM, INDIA at a depth of 51.6 km (31.9 miles), the quake hit at 18:37:41 UTC Tuesday 2nd October 2012 The epicenter was 87 km (54 miles) WSW from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Mary Tuma : Family Planning Cuts Force Texas Clinic Closures

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Image from Austinist. New England Journal of Medicine: Family planning cuts in Texas force clinic closures Low-income women are being hit hardest by the legislative cutbacks, the study’s authors note. By Mary Tuma / The American Independent / October 2, 2012 Deep slashes to family planning funds made during Texas’ last legislative session have caused 53 clinics that provide family planning


Anon at aangirfan - 9 hours ago
The video below "explains… that *the elites are intentionally ‘exposing’ the New Word Order and are encouraging us to ‘rise up’, ‘rebel’ or ‘revolt’ in order to destroy it. * "Out of the ashes (chaos) of the destroyed ‘old order’ (a corrupted, demoralised and degraded ‘West’ masquerading as the New World Order) will rise the phoenix that will be the new system. "This system will, of course, be sold to us as the end of all wars, justice for all, sharing, equality etc but will actually be the very (Luciferian) New Age communitarianism the elites wanted all along.” – REVOLUTION HARRY... more »

Mark Bridger Arrested as Search Continues for 5 year old April Jones

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 9 hours ago
*A 46-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the abduction of five-year-old April Jones.* Police said the search is continuing for the little girl who was last seen playing on her bicycle with friends near her home in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid Wales, at around 7pm last night. She was last spotted by another child getting into a grey or light-coloured van - similar to a Ford Transit Connect or Land Rover-type vehicle. Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said the suspect was arrested at around 4pm, and they had been "actively looking ... more »

A World Gone Mad

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
The ethical, philosophical and societal implications of this are truly mind-boggling. Imagine getting your hands on a functioning, entirely lethal pistol a mere matter of downloading a file and running it through a 3D printer. This is the future?

Next Steps Currently Enabled and Supported at 5-7D Levels

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
http://gaiaportal.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/next-steps-currently-enabled-and-supported-at-5-7d-levels/ *Next Steps Currently Enabled and Supported at 5-7D Levels* October 2, 2012 Multi-Directional couplings have completed. Star patterns aligned with Gaia energetics have enabled exchange of grids among Star Light Beings. Essential patterns for ascendancy are complete. Next steps are currently enabled and supported at 5-7D levels.

GAIA PORTAL: Golden Attention Status Confirmed…

Obi-Wan Kabuki at American Kabuki - 9 hours ago
http://gaiaportal.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/golden-attention-status-confirmed/ * * *Golden Attention Status Confirmed…* October 2, 2012 Instructions for Ascendants: Attention status at Gold level. Awareness rating at 80%. Readiness at 95%.

Remember When It Was America and Pakistan Versus the Soviets?

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 9 hours ago
Now America's plans for a long-term presence in Afghanistan may be driving Pakistan into Moscow's arms. Pakistan army chief, Ashfaq Parvez Kiani, is headed to Moscow for talks. *The Pakistani military spokesman has confirmed the "historic" visit will take place on Wednesday. The spokesman said Kiani is expected to meet top Russian military and civilian leaders to discuss possibilities of military-to-military cooperation between the two countries. * * **...To be sure, Moscow's priority will be to sit across the table with Kiani, as he is the fountainhead of authority in Pakistan on m... more »

The Toddler's Brain On Modern Television

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
*Activist Post* Is is possible for “educational” technology to inappropriately stimulate and harm the developing brain? “...this is important because we're technologizing childhood today in a way that is previously unprecedented.” Forty years ago, children began watching some television at age four (like calm speaking Mr. Rogers); now they start as infants with the rapid, high stimulation (like *Baby Einstein*and *Powerpuff Girls*). Does modern TV precondition the mind to expect high levels of stimulation which leads to inattention and developmental problems later on? What happ... more »

Thousands protest against French austerity budget

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*BRUSSELS - French President Francois Hollande faced his first serious public backlash after up to 50,000 lined the streets of Paris on Sunday (30 September) in protest against his €37 billion austerity budget.* Organisers of the event, which brought together around 60 left-wing groups, claimed that 50,000 protestors took to the streets to denounce the cuts programme. "Today is the day the French people launch a movement against the politics of austerity," said the Front de Gauche president, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who finished fourth in the Presidential elections. On Tuesday (2 Octob... more »

Concerns Mount that European Central Bank Bond-Buying Program Is Illegal

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*The markets have celebrated Mario Draghi's announcement that the European Central Bank will embark on unlimited purchases of sovereign bonds from crisis stricken countries. But are such purchases really legal? Draghi's own justification for the program leaves plenty of room for doubt.* European Central Bank President Mario Draghi is spending a lot of time on the road these days, not unlike a traveling salesman. The product he has on offer is credibility, but in Germany at least, it is proving difficult to find eager takers. Last week, for example, Draghi gave a speech to several h... more »

5 Ways to Detox Fluoride - Extremely Important: Fluoride Treatment

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
Lisa Garber It should be outrageous to think that the very water we drink is poisoned—but the water actually is. Although calcium fluoride is found naturally in underground and ocean water, the sodium fluoride added to the public water supply is virtually toxic, a wolf in the sheep’s garb of improved dental health. (The West Virginia University Rural Health Research Center says that fluoride doesn’t even prevent cavities; vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids are better allies for that.) Even the federal government is calling for lower levels of fluoride in public water after a Har... more »

4 Easy, Effective, and Natural Solutions for Flu Prevention

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
Paul Fassa The so called “flu season” comes around every fall and winter. It’s called the flu season only because more cases of the flu occur than any other time of the year. All the pharmacy stores and Walmarts as well as other venues have kiosks waiting to vaccinate you with the seasonal flu shot as a measure of flu prevention. Oh yeah, and to make a huge profit while disrupting medical records. And if they aren’t trying to sell you a vaccine, commercials are doing everything they can to make you buy Tamiflu, another profitable and questionable solution. By now you should kno... more »

Obama Increased Foreign Aid 80%; Spent 76% More on Foreign Aid Than Border Security

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(CNSNews.com) - From fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2011, according to the U.S. Treasury, the federal government increased spending on foreign aid by 80 percent and, in fiscal 2011, spent 76 percent more on foreign aid than it did securing the borders of the United States.* In fiscal 2008, the government spent a total of $11.427 billion in international assistance programs, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement. In fiscal 2011, according to the statement, it spent $20.599 billion—an increase of $9.172 billion, or 80 percent, from 2008. Prior to President Obama taking office, internat... more »

Biden tells audience middle class has been 'buried' last four years

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Vice President Biden said Tuesday that the middle class has been “buried” for the last four years. * * *Biden made the remark at a campaign rally while arguing that Republicans would raise taxes on the middle class. He said the tax hike would be especially bad given what the middle class has been through over the last four years. “This is deadly earnest, man. This is deadly earnest,” the vice president said. “How they can justify, how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years? How in lord's name can they justify raising their taxes... more »

Even TV in the Background Impacts Brain Development in Children

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 10 hours ago
Lisa Garber Have you ever wondered why some babies are chatterboxes and others are quiet? Dr. Victor Strasburger can always tell which toddlers are being read to by grown-ups and which ones have the TV babysitter. The babies that are being read to are just chattering away, and the babies that sit in front of a TV are silent, Strasburger says. It means their language development is threatened—they may catch up, but it’s a concern. *Language Development Impeded by TV* As a pediatrician, Strasburger has found that infants learn language (among other things) better from actual peopl... more »

Free Will

Sophia at American Kabuki - 10 hours ago
Free will is an interesting idea. We can choose. There is no cosmic decider making our decisions for our own good. It comes always to us. As a child when I heard about free will I thought “How free is it really? When, if you make the wrong choice, this thunderbolt God will strike you down.” I was 8 years old; the beginnings of my questioning. I am no longer a child, and today I question pretty much everything. We’ve been lied to and it no longer matters if it was deliberate or not, not really. What matters are the choices we make. In this year of 2012 our eyes are b... more »

Who is best suited to fix America’s finances?

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Oct 2 - Jeffrey Goldfarb talks with Rob Cox and Dan Indiviglio about the Economic Dream Team Machine, a new game that allows you to assemble the best economic teams for an Obama or Romney White House. *

Russia tells NATO to stay away from Syria

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Russia told NATO and world powers on Tuesday they should not seek ways to intervene in Syria's civil war or set up buffer zones between rebels and government forces.* Moscow further called for restraint between NATO-member Turkey and Syria, where violence along their shared border has strained relations between the former allies. Tensions have flared since a mortar round fired from inside Syria struck the territory of Turkey. Ankara has threatened to respond if the strike were repeated. When asked by Interfax if Moscow worried whether the tense border situation could... more »

Our revolution has been stolen: Libya's jihadists

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(Reuters) - From the mountains of Afghanistan and the streets of Baghdad to the iron cages of Guantanamo Bay, Libyans from Derna have made their small city a big name in global jihad.* Now, with their nemesis Muammar Gaddafi gone, many are home - but say their battle for an Islamic state has only just begun. The death of the U.S. ambassador last month in the sack of Washington's consulate in Benghazi - an assault Washington says may have involved al Qaeda-allied militants - has shone a global spotlight on armed Islamists across eastern Libya. One effect of hostile reactions at ho... more »

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 2nd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA at a depth of 105 km (65.1 miles), the quake hit at 17:37:22 UTC Tuesday 2nd October 2012 The epicenter was 97 km (60.2 miles) Northwest of Curup, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Clinton will respond to lawmakers, cooperate in Benghazi probe

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will respond on Tuesday to U.S. lawmakers who wrote to her requesting information about an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi last month in which four people died, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.* Clinton is ready to cooperate "closely" with Congress in investigating the attack in Benghazi, Nuland said at a regular daily news briefing. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the assault on the mission the evening of September 11. Source

Um, Woody, About That 'Preoccupation'. . .

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 10 hours ago
Woody is still wanking. "Woodworth Says Opponents of M312 Must Give Up Single-Minded Preoccupation with Abortion" That's the headline about Motion 312 that should have been applied to every commentary. He then goes on to whine about the 'preoccupation with abortion' that he thinks killed his motion and in the process uses the word 'abortion' eighteen times. Here's a sample: Support a study about how best in Canada to honour the principle that human rights must be extended to every human being? No, our preoccupation with abortion tells us that studying how best to recognize the ... more »

Justin Trudeau looking to the West (and the middle class) for Liberal success

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Pundits may say it'll be a cakewalk but there's a lot of credible folks running. Justin may well win - and be a good Leader - but it won't be without a fight: Story When Justin Trudeau officially launches his campaign for the leadership of the Liberal party tonight, it is expected he will bluntly admit his party has lost touch with Canada's middle class — and offer his prescription for winning them back. The Montreal MP, 40, will make a speech tonight in his home riding of Papineau in front of enthusiastic support, but campaign insiders say to expect a "meaty" speech, according to ... more »

Radical Israeli settlers vandalize Christian monastery

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*Radical Jewish settlers vandalized a Christian church outside of Jerusalem, spray-painting “Jesus is a bastard” and “price tag” on its outer door. Such attacks have been on the rise despite police promises to curb hate crimes in the Holy Land.* The blue graffiti denigrating the central figure to the Christian religion was scrawled on the door of the Franciscan Convent near the Dormition Abbey Church early on Tuesday. It was removed soon after. The Dormition Abbey Church, located on Mount Zion just outside the walls of the Old City, is believed by many Christians to be the site whe... more »

Native leaders challenge presidential candidates on Keystone XL, environment and treaties

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
 Oglala Vice President Tom Poor Bear, Debra White Plume and Tantoo Cardinal speaking out against the tarsands and Keystone XL pipeline at the White House in November 2011*Indigenous Leaders Challenge Presidential Candidates on Keystone XL, Environmental Justice and Treaty Rights* Contact: Jennifer Baker 918-720-2925 (mobile) jennifersbaker@gmail.com *WHO:* Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice President Tom Poor Bear and Other Native Speakers *WHAT:* Native Voices Press Conference *WHEN:* Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 11:00am * * *WHERE:* West steps of Colorado State Capitol Building (200 E. Colfax A... more »

Nigeria student massacre claims 26 lives

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*KANO, Nigeria — Gunmen massacred at least 26 people in a student housing area of northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, calling victims out by name before shooting them or slitting their throats, officials said.* The attack occurred in the early hours in the town of Mubi, where the military last week carried out a high-profile raid against Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, which has been waging a deadly insurgency. Some officials however suggested the massacre may have been linked to a recent student election. According to a police spokesman, the attackers knew their victims and called ... more »  

Hillary Clinton personally pressured Japan leader to keep nuclear power as “President Obama wishes it”

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
It has been revealed that the United States government was strongly urging [the Japanese government] to reconsider its policy of “zero nukes in 2030s” which was part of the energy and environmental strategy of the Noda administration, as “President Obama wishes it”. According to the multiple government sources, as the Noda administration was moving in August toward explicitly putting down “zero nuke” in the official document, the US strongly requested that Japan reconsider the “zero nuke” policy, saying the request was “the result of discussion at the highest level of the governmen... more »

Beached whale on Suffolk coast

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
The unfortunate cetacean, variously reported as being a minke or a fin whale, has sadly died as is all too often the case when the animals become beached. About 600 whales are beached in the UK every year. Source

France and Germany clash over BAE-EADS headquarters

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*France and Germany have clashed over the location of the new headquarters of BAE-EADS should a planned merger to go ahead.* France wants the main base of a combined company to be in Toulouse, where EADS’s subsidiary Airbus is based, but Germany wants the headquarters to be located outside Munich according to reports. It is the latest twist in the £30bn mega merger, which is hinged on a complex set of negotiations as European governments make a list of demands. BAE-EADS must gain backing for the deal from the French, German, British and US governments before it can go ahead to crea... more »

Iran to enrich uranium to 60 percent if nuclear talks fail: MP

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(Reuters) - Iran would enrich uranium up to 60 percent purity if negotiations with major powers over its nuclear program fail, an Iranian lawmaker said on Tuesday, in comments that may add to Western alarm about Iranian intentions. * Mansour Haqiqatpour, deputy head of parliament's Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, said 60 percent enrichment would be to yield fuel for nuclear submarines, which often require uranium refined to high levels. But it would also take Iran another significant step closer to the 90 percent enrichment level needed to make atomic bombs, which ... more »

Jimmy Savile: New Rape Allegation Surfaces as BBC agree To Aid Police

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*The BBC says it is to make direct contact with police to provide "full support" over any allegations made about abuse involving Sir Jimmy Savile.* A spokesman for the corporation said: "A number of serious and disturbing allegations have been made over the past few days about the sexual abuse of teenage girls by Jimmy Savile. "Some of these allegations relate to activity on BBC premises in the 1960s and 70s. We are horrified by allegations that anything of this sort could have happened at the BBC - or have been carried out by anyone working for the BBC. "So we have today asked th... more »

Who's Spinning Whom?!? 2

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 10 hours ago
One more note on the whole question of debate spin, media interpretation, and the rest of it. Erik Voeten says: ps. as an aside: We should be careful not to suggest that debate performance doesn’t influence the media narrative. It does. But as John’s post notes, the effect of debates filtered by the media will differ from what the effect would have been if it had not been filtered. Yup. I mean, to take the extreme case: it's hard to believe that anyone could have watched the "oops" debate and not come away with any headline other than that Rick Perry goofed in a big way. Except...we... more »

EU advisers want high-risk banking separated from retail

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
*(Reuters) - An EU advisory group called on Tuesday for banks' traditional deposit-taking business to be legally separated from higher risk activities, drawing fire from the industry even though it stopped short of demanding a full break up of lenders.* Recommendations of the group, set up by the European Commission, aim to shield taxpayers from having to fund further bailouts and to protect savers from any more banking collapses after more than five years of crisis. In their report, the group argued for a "legal separation of ... particularly risky financial activities from deposi... more »

Missing April Jones: 46-Year-Old Man Arrested

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 10 hours ago
* A 46-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of five-year-old April Jones.* Police said the search is continuing for the little girl who was last seen playing on her bicycle with friends near her home in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid Wales, at around 7pm last night. She was last spotted by another child getting into a grey or light-coloured van - similar to a Ford Transit Connect or Land Rover-type vehicle. Detective Superintendent Reg Bevan, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said the suspect was arrested in the last hour, and they had been "actively ... more »

Web and the State: Cybercrime Law and Liberty

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
I got into a few friendly exchanges and debates on the new law, RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act, signed into a law only last month. There are three threads here, about 12 pages long including this image below, so grab your fave snacky, cheers. *Thread 1, October 01 to 02:* *Anthony*: Cybercrime Law: I've reconsidered the issue and now agree with Harry Harry Santos that there's cause for concern. Initially I thought that the law's passing wouldn't matter since it would be difficult to implement. However, as the latest PNP Facebook fiasco shows, actual implementation isn't... more »

Athabasca Chipewyan files court challenge to Shell's tarsands expansion

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
*Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation files constitutional challenge to Shell Oil Canada’s Tar Sands expansion application* *By Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation* *Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com *Fort McMurray, AB *October 1, 2012 – Today the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation filed a constitutional challenge in the Joint Review process against Shell Oil Canada’s application for the expansion of their Jackpine Mine tar sands project. ACFN’s challenge outlines the government’s failure to uphold Treaty 8, and to force better protection of the resources needed to sustain... more »

We'll All Be Muslims Soon Enough - Chris Hedges

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
We're discrete about it, sometimes, but we treat Muslims amongst us differently. We're suspicious of the way they dress, their religion, their culture and, well, just what they're really up to. And we've worked out ways to keep tabs on them in the hope of being able to spot acts or words that suggest something is amiss. Chris Hedges suggests the techniques we've developed to keep a state eye on Muslims will soon be used on you too. *"...violations of fundamental civil liberties will not, in the end, be reserved exclusively for Muslims once the corporate state feels under siege.... more »

Reasonable expectation of privacy

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
R. v. Ward, 2012 ONCA 660 gives a useful answer to the question as to how to determine whether a claimant has "a reasonable expectation of privacy"? : [81] How then is one to determine whether a claimant has "a reasonable expectation of privacy"? In *Tessling*, at para. 42, Binnie J. observes that "[e]xpectation of privacy is a normative rather than a descriptive standard." [82] By "normative", I understand Binnie J. to mean that in determining whether an individual enjoys a reasonable expectation of privacy, the court is making a value judgment more than a finding o... more »

Washington's Terrorists Claim - HQ Moved from Turkey to Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 11 hours ago
“Free Syrian Army” Claims HQ in Syria: Were They Ousted by Turkey, or Are They Trying to Get Bombed to Plead for NATO No-Fly Zone? Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D. PressTV / Tarpley.net October 2, 2012

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 2nd October 2012

Lynsey at The Coming Crisis - 11 hours ago
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA at a depth of 57.5 km (35.7 miles), the quake hit at 14:55:30 UTC Tuesday 2nd October 2012 The epicenter was 89 km (55 miles) WNW of Bengkulu, Indonesia No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

When The Republican Party Loses Faith In One Of Their Candidates...

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
This is beyond triage. This is even beyond what the GOP Establishment types have done to Todd Akin in Missouri after his little slip of the tongue that, basically, showed he's on the exact same page as the rest of his hateful, bigoted party. However, even political party establishments can't tolerate an exposed criminal in its midst. And Florida Republicans have followed Beltway Republicans in pushing Rep. David Rivera out beyond the political pale. It started when Romney and Ryan told him to stay away from their campaign appearances in south Florida. And when he closest political ... more »

Great Barrier Reef coral seeing ‘major decline’ – Starfish moving ‘in massive waves down the Reef like a plague’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 11 hours ago
[image: Coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef. Color shading indicates mean coral cover averaged over 1985–2012. Points show the locations of the 214 survey reefs in the northern, central, and southern regions, and their color indicates the direction of change in cover over time. These data show a major decline in coral cover from 28.0 percent to13.8 percent (0.53% per year), a loss of 50.7 percent of initial coral cover. De’ath, et al., 2012] By Miguel Llanos, NBC News 1 October 2012 Calling it the most extensive review of how coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef is faring, sc... more »

Bodaway Gap: Navajos protest Confluence Project Oct 3, 2012

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
*URGENT PROTEST: Bodaway/Ga​p Special Meeting Oct. 3, 2012 12:00 Re: CONFLUENCE PROJECT* *By Don Yellowman* *Posted at Censored News* http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com Yah ah teh Everyone, I pray that all are doing well. Some of you may not know, but I am a voting member of the Bodaway Gap Chapter and former Grazing Officer and Farm Board member of the area. Therefore, my family and I are stakeholders and have an interest in the effort being pushed upon the people to buy-in to the Escalade Project. As mentioned below, there are many unethical and illegal practices and processes... more »

One Simple Truth that Reveals All Others

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 11 hours ago
We need to accept one simple truth. To avoid runaway climate change we can burn just one-fifth of already discovered reserves of fossil fuels. One fifth, no more. Fossil fuels have, for the survival of mankind, become sub-prime assets. The higher-carbon the fossil fuel the more worthless it is. That begins with coal and extends to unconventional fuels such as tar sand bitumen. Within the context of salvaging civilization for our kids and grandkids, these fuels have no value, no worth. Steve Harper, with his piggy little eyes focused greedily on vast stores of oil and ga... more »

A Greek Tragedy -

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Its flag looks eerily like Hitler's swastika. "It" is the far-right Golden Dawn party that has risen out of the turmoil of Greece's economic collapse. And another eerie echo from the past is that Greek police, hard hit by government austerity, are reported to be sending crime victims to Golden Dawn for protection. *...Athenians are being openly directed by police to seek help from the neo-Nazi group, analysts, activists and lawyers say.* *In return, a growing number of Greek crime victims have come to see the party, whose symbol bears an uncanny resemblance to the swastika, as... more »

Miracles prove the divine power of string theory

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
*No, I didn't mean Jesus Christ.* Pete Wilton, an Oxford science writer, wrote a piece introducing the new website WhyStringTheory.com: Pulling the strings (Oxford science blog) Three creative folks behind the website say various things. Edward Hughes, a Cambridge UK student, says that string theory is fundamental, beautiful, and he wanted to communicate the excitement. Charlotte Mason, an Oxford student, says that she has mixed feelings about string theory. The picturesque ideas are beautiful but she describes the maths exactly in the way you would expect from a somewhat randoml... more » 


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 12 hours ago
*Corps lacks money to finish work on 3 N.O. pump stations; S&WB plant ~WWLTV * *Light Passenger Rail for New Orleans? ~Jeremy Alford, Gambit* *Super Bowl inspires N.O. roads overhaul ~New Orleans Advocate* *Unitas' son writes letter to Brees on eve of record* *Flood prevention: Officials say work diminished Isaac's damage ~Daily Comet * *Contemporary Arts Center admission to be free ~Defend New Orleans* *Community Impact Series: NOLA Green Roots ~Ian McNulty, WWNO* *Gentilly Fest Brings Brass, Food, and Dancing to Pontchartrain Park this Weekend ~NOLA DEFENDER *

Cynthia McKinney On Leadership

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Paul Craig Roberts, *Contributor* * *Those who have followed the Republican campaign for the presidential nomination and current contest between Romney and Obama know that the United States has no political leadership in Washington. Billions of dollars have been spent on political propaganda, but not a single important issue has been addressed. The closest the campaign has come to a political issue is which candidate can grovel the lowest at the feet of Israeli prime minister Netanyahu. Romney won that contest. But for the rest, well, it is like two elementary school children sti... more »

Coordinated Nationwide GOP Voter Registration Scandal Exposed, & Pennsylvania Republican TREASONOUS "VOTER ID" Law Struck Down By Judge Who Actually Followed the Constitution

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 12 hours ago
*SURPRISE!!! GOP COMMITTING VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD NATIONWIDE! * What old saying applies best here: "THOU DOST PROTEST TOO MUCH?" The party that *FALSELY claimed "widespread voter fraud" (debunked by stats and in court)* as their reason to pass TREASONOUS "VOTER ID" laws (which should be called "THE DISENFRANCHISEMENT OF LEGAL VOTERS WHO DON'T HAVE PHOTO ID AND DON'T VOTE REPUBLICAN LAW) is committing coordinated nationwide VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD! Nationwide "ring" (for lack of a better word) employed by GOP approaches people, misleading them that they are "pollsters", question... more »

Open Thread: Bristol Palin in 5 Years edition

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
Sorry I haven't had much time for blogging, lately. It's not for want of inspiration. After all, just last night we saw the Scott Brown/Elizabeth Warren powwow sponsored by the right wing *Boston Herald* and moderated by David "President Romney" Gregory, the endless idiocies from the rat bag minds of Willard and Ann Romney, the endless war on women and LGBT people and a billion other topics. But, despite the welcome help of a very small but dear circle of friends and readers, we're immediately behind the 8 ball again and have no chance whatsoever of paying the rent in less than a m... more »

Blowing the Whistle, Food Safety Expert Knew About GMO Dangers Years Ago

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
*YouTube - ornpatricktimpone* Dr. Arpad Pusztai evoked worldwide media attention in August 1998, when he said in British TV that he would not eat genetically engineered food because of the insufficient testing procedures they have undergone. Pusztai is a world renowned expert on food safety, who worked at UK's leading food safety research lab, the Rowett institute. His statement obviously threatened to damage the then ongoing multimillion PR campaign of the Biotech industry to create public confidence in GE foods. A few days after his public appearance he was suspended and gagged ... more »

Unionizing Adjuncts at Georgetown (Updated, and Again)

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
UPDATE: the author of the *Chronicle *article, Peter Schmidt, discussed the issue on the Kojo Namdi show yesterday. The SEIU wants to unionize adjunct professors at Georgetown University. As their card makes clear, this is part of a broader effort to unionize contingent labor at colleges and universities. George Washington's adjuncts unionized in 2006, and won a significant pay raise this August. American University's and Montgomery County's adjuncts are also unionized. From today's *Chronicle of Higher Education* article: SEIU Local 500 began a campaign to organize an adjunct unio... more »

Kim Dotcom's 'Megabox' promises free music while still paying artists

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
J.G. Vibes, *Contributor* Since Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom had his house raided this past January he has been promising that his operation will be back and better than ever, even saying that the reincarnation of the site will effectively "put the dinosaur record industry out of business for good". Just months before the shutdown of Megaupload, plans for this new service were released, but everyone assumed that it was over when the domains were seized last January. However, this week Dotcom released the video below on the making of the new service "Megabox". Megabox promises to... more »

Brandon Turbeville Interview: What is a 'Terrorist' and What is the Council of Governments?

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
*YouTube - EndTheLie* Madison Ruppert and guest Brandon Turbeville of Activist Post discuss the definition of a "terrorist" and how almost everyone in America today could absurdly be considered suspicious per the DHS's ever-expanding definition. And who are the local Council of Governments (COGs) and how are they supporting the Agenda 21 initiative across small-town America in this information-packed, educational episode. End the Lie Radio is live from 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM EST/7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST every Monday evening at http://EndtheLie.com/Radio. *Read other articles by Brando... more »

Scientists Warn Geo-Engineering Can Kill Billions of People

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
Cassandra Anderson, *Contributor* Geo-engineering is an umbrella term for deliberate climate intervention that includes spraying the sky with aerosols to reflect solar radiation away from Earth in order to cool the planet and to save the environment and humanity from the effects of supposedly man-made global warming. There is evidence that this program has already been implemented for many years using unidentified chemical aerosols, known as chemtrails. A geo-engineering/chemtrails experiment using a balloon to spray sulfur particles into the sky to reflect solar radiation back... more »

Cesium Children

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Majia here: Blogger Ex-SKF has a very sad report about children in Japan: Ex-SKF Sunday, September 30, 2012 #Radioactive Japan: WBC Result of a Child in Iwaki City, #Fukushima Seems to Suggest Chronic Ingestion of Radioactive Cesium of More than 10 Bq Per Day [Excerpted] Iwaki City in southern Fukushima Prefecture has been testing the residents in higher radiation districts since November last year using the Whole Body Counter (WBC) for internal radiation exposure. On September 25, the municipal government announced the result of the test for about 12,000 residents. (Iwaki City's po... more »

U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center helps create app to secretly monitor, reconstruct user environment in 3D

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 12 hours ago
image source - click to enlarge Madison Ruppert, *Contributor* We have covered a great deal of highly questionable smartphone software, as well as the fact that current software can easily be leveraged as a surveillance tool and games have even been created which use “soft control” to encourage citizen spying. New technologies are going to make ultra-precise location information the norm which is especially troubling since our government claims that such data is not protected by the Constitution. It just gets worse when we realize that mobile phone companies are responding to mas... more »

Stuckism show in London turns eyes

Lilith eZine at LILITH NEWS - 12 hours ago
*Stuckism* was founded by Charles Thomson and Billy Childish in 1999 with 12 artists to promote contemporary figurative painting and oppose conceptual art. It has since grown to an international art movement of 233 groups in 52 countries. The name was coined after Childish’s ex-girlfriend, Tracey Emin, said he was “Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!” The concept struck, the Stuckism movement brought forth several Stuckist manifestos in an effort to draw other artists to their cause, including one where the term "Remodernism" was coined. This month the Bermondsey Project Gallery at 46 Willow Wal... more »

Ten Years Ago, Alarm Bells Would Have Rung. Today, Yawn.

The Mound of Sound at The Disaffected Lib - 12 hours ago
Face it, we're becoming acclimated to environmental collapse. "It's happening, so what?" Especially when we learn of it in some distant, as in out of earshot, range. A case in point, the Great Barrier Reef. This heralded Wonder of the World has now lost fully half its legendary coral cover. The culprits - acidified ocean waters, storms and swarms of coral-eating starfish. *At present rates of decline, the coral cover will halve again within a decade, though scientists said the reef could recover if the crown-of-thorns starfish can be brought under control and, longer term, ... more »

Debate watch: Cooper blames the voters!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012* *The role of the press disappears:* The press corps loves to peddle its piffle about past White House debates. Last Friday, Anderson Cooper rattled the official approved standard silly-bill list of the mainstream press corps’ official tales. As we noted yesterday, this has largely become the standard list. Once again, here is that list. We include a few quotes from Cooper: *The mainstream press corps’ Standard Tales from Past Presidential Debates:* 1960: Richard Nixon “sweat[s] profusely under the hot studio lights.” 1976: Gerald Ford makes a ridiculous s... more »

Do Nuclear Crimes Include Mass Genocide?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Bobby's blog - Optimal Prediction - reports that the US is conducting Z-machine tests on plutonium despite condemnation : http://optimalprediction.com/wp/us-is-conducting-z-machine-tests-on-plutonium/#comment-1644 source for data on tests http://www.nuclearcrimes.org/a-9-3.php Unbelievable. What is the matter with these sociopaths. And what happened at Fukushima Mon Oct 1? Two earthquakes in the same location. Is that common? http://enenews.com/5pm-et-3-quakes-hit-fukushima-in-last-2-hours-m5-2-m4-4-and-m4-4-2-at-almost-identical-location-maps Since I've concluded that much of the ... more »

People of Fukushima at Risk By Lifting of Evacuation Order

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Fukushima communities still crippled as evacuees choose to stay away. Asahi Shimbun Oct 2, 2011 http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201210020009 [Excerpted] Only one in 10 evacuees from certain towns close to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has returned home, a year after officials declared it was safe to do so. Just 3,160 evacuees, or about 11 percent of the total from that area, have returned... The figures relate to those residents whose homes were between 20 and 30 kilometers from the crippled plant. For almost five months after the disaster, officials d... more »

Tuesday Morning Linkage

Dan Nexon at The Duck of Minerva - 13 hours ago
- Mikheil Saakashvili's party loses in Georgian election (but wait, writes Liz Fuller, maybe not). Mark Adomanis discusses the implications, as does Simon Tisdall. - Ankit Panda on Indo-Japanese relations. - Dan Brumberg and Hesham Sallam have authored a new USIP paper on Security Sector Reform (SSR) in Egypt. - Justin Gengler: "The Uprising is Over. But What is the Price of Bahrain's Victory?" - Stuart D. Goldman argues that the Soviet-Japanese border war of 1939 determined the outcome of World War II. - Kindred Winecoff on the politics of financi... more »

Who's Spinning Whom?!?

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 13 hours ago
John Sides reports today on some research which confirms what we all basically know: winning the spin matters more than winning the debate. That is, as Kim Fridkin et al. find, reactions differed to a 2004 debate depending on whether people just watched the debate; watched the debate and news coverage; or just watched the news coverage. As John says, there's evidence from earlier cycles for the same effect. What I'm wondering about, however, is how the spin is going to work this time around. Who is going to select the clips that everyone sees, which therefore become the memorable mo... more »

A hammer will help you vote for Obamney

noreply@blogger.com (Say No To Corporate America!) at Say No To Corporate America - 13 hours ago

Please Help Today

Matt at The Coming Crisis - 13 hours ago
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Expert Trainees Needed! Instant Expertise at No Cost!

Storm at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
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City of Miami Beach gets rising seas sticker shock – ‘We need to be making an escape plan for 2.5 million residents’

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Flooding in the city of Miami Beach after extremely heavy rains, 5 June 2009. Alexander Reyes via maxmayfieldshurricaneblog.wordpress.com] By Paul Brinkmann, with additional reporting by Oscar Pedro Musibay 10 August 2012 (South Florida Business Journal) – The city of Miami Beach is vetting a $200 million storm water concept that is one of the first in the nation to respond to sea level rise resulting from global warming. As part of the process, global storm water engineering firm CDM Smith is going to explain its methodology at the Sea Level Rise Public Meeting & Discussi... more »

Higgs: living near the cliff of instability

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
Jester posted an interesting text on the instability of the Higgs field: What's the deal with vacuum stability? Of course, this topic has been covered many times on this blog, including on July 3rd and July 17th this year, but it's interesting to read Jester's twists on the story, anyway. First, given the current best estimates of the top quark mass and the Higgs mass (other parameters don't matter too much), the quartic (=fourth power) coupling describing the Higgs self-interaction \(|H|^4\) almost certainly goes negative beneath the Planck scale. *Taken from May 2012 paper by D... more »

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address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Dr. John v. Kampen) at - 14 hours ago
Link: http://youtu.be/guPaqa9Hls4 John

DISAGGREGATION NATION: As found in Collins’ appendix!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012* *Epilogue—More deception and bile:* For whatever reason, Texas schools and Texas students score well on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)—if you disaggregate test scores, as everyone knows you should. Texas schools have scored quite well on the NAEP for the past fifteen years. In math, they score near the top of the nation—after “disaggregation,” that is. To show you what we mean, here are math scores from Texas and Massachusetts in last year’s NAEP. Massachusetts is commonly regarded as our highest-scoring state—our own little answ... more »

31 Days of Photo Props: Towels

Debra at Housewife Eclectic - 14 hours ago
There are few things in this world that are more adorable than a little one straight out of the tub. Recreating some of those moments with a simple towel or elaborate bath scene can be some of mom and dad's favorite photos looking back, because it is so natural. We will leave the details on elaborate bath scenes for another day, and today we will just talk about using only a towel as a prop. Why a towel? For starters, it is a really affordable prop. Props can be very expensive and over the top. All little kids use towels, so it is natural and very simple. I keep a variety of t... more »

Weapons of mass urban destruction: Automobiles in China

Jim at Desdemona Despair - 14 hours ago
[image: Nighttime view of a freeway interchange in Beijing. Kevin Lee / Bloomberg / Getty Images via foreignpolicy.com] BY PETER CALTHORPE SEPT/OCT 2012 (Foreign Policy) – In the last five years, China has built 20,000 miles of expressways, finishing the construction of 12 national highways a whopping 13 years ahead of schedule and at a pace four times faster than the United States built its interstate highway system. Over the last decade, Shanghai alone has built some 1,500 miles of road, the equivalent of three Manhattans. China's urban population is projected to grow by 350 mi... more »

Paul Krugman"Bowlesing Toward Betrayal"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Bowlesing Toward Betrayal"* by Paul Krugman "So, is my timing good or not? Right after I warn about the risk that Democrats, including the president, might betray the mandate they seem likely to get for preserving the safety net, we learn that Senate leaders are at work on a plan based around, well, you guessed it: "If those efforts failed, another plan would take effect, probably a close derivative of the proposal by President Obama’s fiscal commission led by Erskine B. Bowles, the Clinton White House chief of staff, and former Senator Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming, a Republican... more »

Harper picks Quebec Appeal Court judge for Supreme Court of Canada

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 14 hours ago
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper has chosen Justice Richard Wagner of the Quebec Court of Appeal to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Wagner becomes the Harper government's fifth appointment. The Montreal lawyer was appointed to appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec in 2004, and the Harper government named him to Court of Appeal of Quebec in 2011. Prior to his judicial appointment, Justice Wagner had a commercial litigation practice focused on areas such as real estate, commercial litigation and professional liability insurance. He was also a certifie... more »

Musical Interlude: The Call, “Let The Day Begin”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
The Call, “Let The Day Begin” -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to2KasivROc

N.Y. AG sues J.P. Morgan over mortgage securities

Intercept at The Intercept - 14 hours ago
MarketWatch Ronald D. Orol *WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman late Monday filed a lawsuit against J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in civil court, alleging widespread fraud in the sale of mortgage-backed securities.* The suit relates to mortgage-backed securities issued by Bear Stearns & Co., which was acquired by J.P. Morgan JPM +1.21% in 2008 when the firm collapsed amidst the financial crisis. The complaint argues that Bear Stearns defrauded “thousands of investors.” The charges, which came partly as a result of a federal mortgage task force formed i... more »

Danny Schechter : Is Iran Shifting its Message?

thorne dreyer at The Rag Blog - 15 hours ago
Diplomacy, Murdoch style. Image from Twitchy Media. Is Iran trying to tell us something we won’t hear? The rhetoric of the well-orchestrated anti-Iranian crowds outside was even bloodier than the Iranians had ever been... By Danny Schechter / The Rag Blog / October 2, 2012 NEW YORK CITY -- Sometimes major media are the last to recognize shifts in policy positions. Iran is a case in point. In

Read Stuff, You Should

Jonathan Bernstein at A plain blog about politics - 15 hours ago
Happy Birthday to Avery Brooks, 64. I've bashed his performance as Sisko; in his defense, he mostly had to play off of the weaker half of the cast. And the Sisko/Dax friendship is terrific. In other random DS9 comments: my eldest and I think they should have done a spinoff starring Admiral Ross -- a sitcom, in which Ross goes about his day as the world's most boring character while unbeknownst to him all sorts of wacky things are going on. I suppose Troi could make a guest appearance in which she senses that someone is up to something... Before I get any deeper into it, I better ge... more »

Two Polls, Two House Seats-- Bad News For Progressives In Florida And Massachusetts

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Richard Tisei prefers males but on almost every issue he'll vote as badly as Allen West Everybody wants to see Allen West defeated, right? Sure, West is a deranged bag of wind, a divisive teabagger and a war criminal whose presence in Congress is a rebuke to democracy itself. He has nothing particular to do with government policy and his influence even on the GOP is, at best, minimal, but symbolically he's one of the monsters who embody the derailment of the Republican Party-- along with Bachmann, Steve King, Akin, Gohmert, Virginia Foxx... First the good news: current polls show W... more »

California Community Pestered by Pesticide-Tainted Water

By: Duane Craig Every residential property in Livingston, Calif. that relies on water from city-owned wells can now expect 1,2,3-trichloropropane to be present to some degree in that water, according to an article in the *Merced Sun-Star*. Livingston’s water supplies have also had problems with elevated levels of arsenic and manganese. Some local officials appear to be hoping the community accepts the long-term contamination prospects as well as they have. One councilman played down the threat saying it wasn’t serious and that levels of 1,2,3-trichloropropane fluctuate. He said he ... more »

Recent Fast & Furious Developments Since Univision Broadcast

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
Daily Bail Take a step back in time with Big Sis. If it's this easy to find evidence (20-second search on Youtube), why doesn't the MSM publish the truth and expose Holder and Obama? This is blatant. They are even bragging about it. Where is the outrage? Where is the accountability? Why isn't this a huge story? Here's *the answer* from a Democratic pollster. The White House wants you to believe that Holder and Obama knew nothing about Fast & Furious even though you are watching video of the Deputy Attorney General[image: icon1.png] holding a press conference to announce the ... more »

The Struggle for Western Hegemony in the Muslim World

Intercept at The Intercept - 15 hours ago
gowans Stephen Gowans *For half of the last century, Arab nationalists, socialists, communists and others were locked in a battle with the Muslim Brothers for hegemony in the Arab world.—Tariq Ali [1]* The Jihadists who toppled the secular nationalist Gaddafi government—and not without the help of Nato bombers, dubbed “al Qaeda’s air force” [2] by Canadian pilots who participated in the bombing campaign—are no longer disguised in the pages of Western newspapers as a popular movement who thirsted for, and won, democracy in Libya. Now that they’ve overrun the US consulate in Benghaz... more »

Walking to work...

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago

The Toronto Hearings on 9/11 Uncut - David Ray Griffin - Day 1

Mark Daniels at Global Political Awakening - 16 hours ago
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Engaging The Young

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Today -- when Justin Trudeau formally enters the Liberal leadership race -- his mission, Lawrence Martin writes in the *Globe*, will be to shake up the system: At 40, Justin Trudeau isn’t terribly young, but he has the aura of youth. As such, and given the other marketing advantages he possesses, he has the potential – slim but not out of the question – to lead the way for generational change in the exercise of political power in the country. The clock is ticking on the baby boom legions. They’ve run the show too long. Those behind them have watched in despair. They don’t vote. F... more »

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